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? 

We work with Stonewall to ensure that we create an inclusive and safe environment for everyone. In 2019 our Vice-Chancellor was awarded Stonewall Senior Leader of the Year, and our Chair of the Staff LGBT+ Allies Equality Network was awarded Stonewall Role Model of the Year. Being a Stonewall Diversity Champion means that we are part of the Stonewall Workplace Index and all our policies and processes reflect best practice available in the sector.

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


Across the University we nurture a culture that promotes wellbeing, diversity and opportunity for all. Our staff are encouraged to adopt healthy lifestyles, which is promoted through training resources and awareness raising. Through our wellbeing framework, staff can access and participate in regular activity that promotes the importance of personal wellbeing and helps individuals to be mindful of others. Initiatives include: mental health awareness, walking and jogging groups, seminars and themed events such as University Mental Health Day.

Our staff also have access to an Employee Assistance Programme, which is available all year round and at any time of the day. The services are available online or by telephone, and provide a comprehensive library of resources and self-help programmes.