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ALLOUT Member Profiles

Gallery of ALLOUT members

ALLOUT membership currently stands at over 200 and members are from all areas, disciplines and backgrounds. Here you can meet just a few of our members:

Nicky: I am currently Operational Lead in the Strategic Change Office and I have previously been Head of School Administration in three other Schools in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.  I have always found the University to be a supportive of my lesbian identity.  The importance of being yourself at work cannot be underestimated, not only for your own wellbeing but by allowing you to effectively engage with people in a meaningful, consistent and credible way.  As a leader and person of faith it’s important that people feel they are communicating with the person that you really are.  We still need a diverse range of role models from the LGBT community to demonstrate that success hasn’t been restricted by an LGBT identity.   In whatever role LGBT staff work at the University I would encourage LGBT staff to “come out”.  You will find that the University provides a very supportive environment in which you can develop. (Nicky Snook - Head of School Administration - School of Materials)

Steve: I am a Senior Lecturer in Social Work and a gay/queer member of the LGBTQ Staff Network. I have written quite a bit about LGBT parenting, including the book Lesbian, Gay & Queer Parenting: Families, Intimacies, Genealogies (2011). I have also done research on sexuality theory and social work/care. I’ve volunteered in the LGBTQ+ community over the years, in HIV/Aids services; with young, homeless LGBTQ people; with LGBTQ foster carers/adopters; and recently with young men and trans people who are homeless and/or sex workers. (Dr Stephen Hicks | Senior Lecturer in Social Work)

Adele: I am Manager of the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, I have worked at the University for over 10 years. I started at my first role at the University as a web designer, then I moved to e-learning, curriculum development, and have been fortunate enough through the professional development opportunities provided by the University to advance to management roles. The University has an active commitment to equality and diversity, and is visibly supportive in the city to equality and LGBT issues, not least through its contribution to Manchester Pride. The University of Manchester is undoubtedly a fabulous place to work. (Adele Aubrey- Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute Manager)

Will: I've been at the University for over 15 years now, 8 as a student, 6 in research. Originally from Manchester I have never left, primarily because of the LGBT community the city has. The University has a thriving LGBT student society which helped ease me into Manchester's thriving LGBT scene and the strong prominence of the University at the Manchester Pride parade always makes me proud. The University has also showed great interest and support for my current research interests in LGBT inequalities in health. I take immense pride in the openness and tolerance of my city and University, I honestly don't feel any other University or city would give me the same sense of belonging. (Will Whittaker - Research Fellow in Health Economics, Institute of Population Health)

Maddy: I live with my wife Stacey & dog Mai and currently work here as an experimental officer in charge of a large range of plasma and characterisation tools.  I am often asked about how I “promote” equality and diversity in the workplace, and I can think of no better way than being open about who I am to all those around me. I am a female. I am dyslexic. I am BAME. I am bisexual. I am scientist. I am me. No one thing defines me, because being able to be who I am in its entirety allows me to be the best me I can be and flourish. My current workplace has really allowed me to be my whole self and become more than I thought I could be.  I have always appreciated how the university actively encourages people to be their authentic selves. People have always been at the core of what universities stand for and I think this has allowed me to be open about my bisexually to my colleagues and friends. (Dr Maddison Coke (she/her) - Experimental Officer – National Graphene Institute)

Jim: I have worked in the University for over 20 years.  When I started at UMIST on a Monday in September 1999, I was planning my Metropolitan Community Church blessing with my partner, Martin, for the following Saturday.  Although I was 45 yrs old, I’d only been ‘out’ for a few years.  I didn’t tell my boss because I didn’t want to come out so soon after starting work.  Of course, once he found out that I hadn’t told him about it, he was insulted!  “You should have invited me!”  I knew then that working at the University was going to be an open, accepting environment. Being in my late 60’s, I have seen lots of changes in people’s attitudes to being gay and now I feel the University is providing an open, accepting environment for younger gay staff members. (Dr. Jim Boran, Researcher Development Manager, Faculty of Science and Engineering Administration)

Matt:  I am currently studying for a PhD at the University of Manchester and working as a Teaching Assistant, a role I enjoy hugely.  After many years of keeping my sexuality to myself, returning to the friendly and supportive environment of the University gave me the confidence to come out as bisexual/pansexual to my partner and family, and to be open with colleagues and friends.  I was unfortunate enough to have a nasty accident in 2008, in which I injured my neck and have since then suffered with Chronic Widespread Pain Syndrome.  Many of you in SEED will have seen me hobbling around with either my walking stick or, on bad days, with crutches.  Although I am not particularly active in supporting the LGBT community, I enjoy every year attending Cumbria Pride with the Scouts in my role as a Scout Leader. (Matt Sanderson (Him/He/His/Them/They/Theirs)PhD Researcher, Planning / Power Networks CDT)

Ash: I'm Ash and I work in visitor services at the Whitworth, I came from a career in hospitality management and after leaving that and going back to art school 5 years ago now work in the arts full time in various capacities.  As a queer person I find working for somewhere like the University with such an active LGBT society is really important, it gives people who need it the ability to focus on their careers and work without worrying about employer discrimination and gives people a great network to connect with. (Ash Van-Dyck - Visitor Services, Whitworth Art Gallery) 

Sue: I am Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research in the Faculty of Humanities. I joined the University in 2010 – second time round, in fact, as I also worked here at the start of my career in the mid-90s. I came out shortly after my first spell here, so it was great to be out as a lesbian when I came back to Manchester. A highlight was marching with ALLOUT colleagues at Manchester Pride and being enthusiastically waved at by some of my sociology undergraduate students in the crowd! I feel very fortunate to work in an organisation where people are not defined or judged by their sexuality but are valued for the job they do regardless of who they are. And being able to be yourself at work is a precious thing, so I’m proud to be part of the University’s large and diverse LGBT community.   (Sue Heath - Associate Dean PGR - School of Social Sciences)

Ben: Being from Huddersfield – the birthplace of rugby league – and having a father who is chairman of the Huddersfield Giants Supporters Association, it’s possibly unsurprising that I’ve grown up loving the sport myself. I first started playing when I was 5 years old – meaning I’m now approaching a quarter century playing the greatest game – starting at Underbank Rangers, via Greenhead College, University of Oxford, Imperial College London, University of Manchester, and Manchester Rangers and along the way taking on 6 different committee roles (president, social sec., captain, general sec., chairman, alumni sec.), winning man of the match live on Sky Sports, gaining my coaching badges, and helping to set-up two different university women’s teams.  

As a more senior member of the rugby league club at Manchester it has been brilliant to see people in the men’s team come out over the last 4 years, discovering who they are and being supported 100% by the club. I hope I’ve been a part of creating that welcoming atmosphere and being an example of an openly queer rugby league player. I have also been privileged this year to coach the newly relaunched women’s team in the rugby league club, the most rewarding thing I’ve done in my time here, and to see many strong queer people in that group who are already taking their new team from strength to strength is amazing. (Ben Cleverly (he/him) – PhD Student - Quantitative and Biophysical Biology)


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Tim: Watch my video about being a research engineer at UoM here(Timothy Crump, Research Engineer, School of MACE)