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Sexual orientation

The University has a responsibility under the Equality Act  to have due regard to eliminate discrimination, advance equality and foster good relations for all of the 9 protected characteristics including sexual orientation.

Sexual orientation means the attraction a person feels towards one sex or another (or both), which determines who they form intimate relationships with or are attracted to. Some people are only attracted to those of the same sex (lesbian women and gay men). Some people are attracted to people of both sexes (bisexual people). Some people are only attracted to the opposite sex (heterosexual people).

Everyone is protected from being treated adversely because of sexual orientation, whether they are bisexual, gay, lesbian or heterosexual. you can find more information on the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

However, those identifying as asexual, aromantic or pansexual are not currenlty proptected under Equality Law.  If you would like more information on this please contact us.

Sexual Orientation Equality and Study at the University:

There are a number of ways that the University ensures all staff at the University are treated equally.  In addition there are a number of resources and types of support available.  These include:

Supporting Trans Staff and Students at the University

LGB Staff - Guidance for Managers

LGBT+ Staff Network Group (ALLOUT)

Since 2013 the University has been a Diversity Champion for Stonewall.

We also submit annually to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index.

Good Practice Guidance

Advancing LGB Equality – Research and findings carried out by the Equality Challenge Unit

Staff & Students in Higher Education - An authoritative evidence base of the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff and students in higher education – Equality Challenge Unit

Sometimes LGBT staff feel more comfortable talking to someone outside of the organisation.  Therefore the following site might prove useful:


Gender Markers

When you complete an application to join the University you can select your preferred gender marker - this includes the 'gender neutral' title 'Mx'.  Once employed by the University, you are able to amend your Other Forename(s) and Previous Surname via MyView, but if you would like to change your Title, Surname, Known as Name, Date of Birth or National Insurance Number, please contact People & OD Services.

If you would like any further information on this or any other equality issue please contact the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team