LGBT+ Staff Network

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Welcome to the LGBT+ Staff Network

We are here to support you in your time at the University and help to create an LGBT+ community by listening to your ideas and work with the University to make changes - whether that be through creating inclusive policies, supporting Pride, creating more inclusive toilets or ensuring LGBT+ visibility across the University. 

Please do get in touch with us and share your ideas.

Thank you,

University of Bristol LGBT+ Staff Network Committee 


How can you get involved with the network?

To join the group please contact us via email at We will add you to the mailing list so you can receive information about upcoming events, socials and relevant and useful news/information.

There are 3 meetings a year. If you do need to get in contact with the network, please do send an email ( 


Thursday, 30th July 2020, 12:00 - 1:00pm 

Wednesday, 14th October 2020, 12:00 - 1:00PM 5 Tyndall Avenue - 1.10, Bristol BS8 1UD


The network organises monthly/regular socials which get put on the website and are advertised in our newsletter. If you have any ideas for a social please contact the network (

Past socials incude afternoon tea, games night, picnics, pantomime, LGBT+ History Month walks, bowling and many more! Photos can be found here

The March LGBT+ Staff Network newsletter

The LGBT+ Staff Network blog - Blogs on personal stories, LGBT+ History month 

While each month the newsletter will summarise network activities, we would like to invite members to join our brand new Facebook Group to help keep in touch in more regular ways throughout the month. The group will remain secret on your Facebook profile to respect privacy. 


Photo Gallery  

We have a collection of photos from socials, award evenings and Bristol Pride events. See the photos here

(Image: LGBT+ Staff Network committee and members at Bristol Pride 2019)

LGBT+ Staff Network Senior Champion - Robert Kerse, Chief Operating Officer

"I am proud to be the senior champion of the LGBT+ Staff Network. The Staff Network has a very important role to play in helping the University to support the LGBT+ members of its community. It is also a great way to make new connections and friendships. We all need to feel free to be ourselves at work and to have a network of people who face similar issues to support us. None of us can reach our potential at work and have a positive experience without this. The wellbeing of our staff and the creation of an inclusive environment where every individual can thrive is at the heart of my role as the University's Chief Operating Officer. 

I would not have been able to achieve what I have in my career to date without the support, advice and encouragement of LGBT+ colleagues - both current and previous. There are times when it's been tough and I've had to be brave in promoting my sexuality as a gay man to help the organisation I've worked for to take some big steps forward to both recognise and celebrate their LGBT+ communities. I don't think that I could have done this without the support and encouragement of LGBT+ colleagues. 

Please support the LGBT+ Staff Network. You can make a real difference to the lives of LGBT+ colleagues and your own".

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The group is run by a small committee of volunteers, currently:

Simon  Simon Gamble, Co-Chair
Head of Academic Study Skills, Library Services
 Michael Michael Pearson, Socials Representative
Operational Lead of Student Counselling, Student Counselling Service
 sam Samantha Ferrins, Socials Representative
Technician, School of Chemistry
 Caroline Caroline Hollis, Women's Representative
Postgraduate Administrator, Bristol Medical School
 tanisha Tanisha Barrett, BAME Representative
Mental Health Adviser, Student Counselling Service
 monique Monique Sapla, BAME Representative
Temporary Staffing Service
 Chris G

Chris Glinski, Communications Representative
Synthetic Chemistry Technician, School of Chemistry

 Chris P Chris Pawsey, Communications Representative
Research Administrator, Bristol Medical School
 Marta Marta Zaher, Outreach and Community Engagement Representative
Postgraduate Research Student, School of Earth Sciences

 If you would like to contact any of us personally please do, especially if you have any questions or comments or useful feedback.

Use to contact all the above


‌Photos can be found here