Stonewall Diversity Champions - Equality and Diversity - University of Derby

Stonewall Diversity Champions

"People perform better when they can be themselves" - Stonewall

Stonewall has stood by this motto since it first began engaging with employers through the Diversity Champions programme. But what does that mean? And what can employers do to create an environment where all employees are able to reach their full potential? 

Tackling workplace homophobia 

YouGov polling shows that in the last five years, 2.4m people of working age have witnessed verbal homophobic bullying at work. A further 800,000 people of working age have witnessed physical homophobic bullying at work. Further polling shows that over a quarter of lesbian, gay and bisexual people are not at all open to colleagues about their sexual orientation.

The University of Derby is committed to treating everyone fairly, openly and honestly. We recognise that people have different needs, cultures, experiences and expectations.  Making our University more inclusive for everyone, and in particular to gay, lesbian and bisexual staff, students, customers and visitors - means everyone benefits and we can make the most of the talents they have.

We recognise that valuing equality and diversity will lead to more sensitive services that are responsive to the needs of the University, a workforce that is representative of the community, and a commitment to participation by all.

We are proud to be members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme.

Stonewall Workplace Equality Index

Taking part in the Workplace Equality Index is an effective way for the University to measure its efforts to tackle discrimination and create an inclusive workplace for our lesbian, gay and bisexual employees. Since 2005, more than 800 major employers have taken part in the Index using Stonewall's criteria as a model for good practice. The University has submitted statistics for the last five years and we have been gradually moving up the Index.

For more information go to the Stonewall website