Loughborough University celebrates following announcement that it has become a Stonewall Diversity Champion

Loughborough University is proud to announce that it has been named a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

The news was celebrated with an event which took place on campus yesterday (Tuesday 29 October) with staff and students from the University and Loughborough Students’ Union (LSU) – including the Vice Chancellor Professor Robert Allison - in attendance.

By becoming a Stonewall Diversity Champion, the University is officially recognised as an institution that aims to provide a supportive and inclusive environment for the LGBT+ community.

Loughborough will work closely with the organisation – which is one of the most historic and influential LGBT+ charities in the UK – and receive support and backing of LGBT+ inclusion and support initiatives.

Benefits of the partnership include access to educational events, training and conferences held by Stonewall; promotion of job adverts on Stonewall’s dedicated job site; and inclusion within their Careers Guide which highlights Britain’s most inclusive workplaces and is sent annually to schools, colleges, LGBT+ youth groups and universities across the country.

Chair of the LGBT+ Staff Group, Bethan Fagan said: “Loughborough University becoming a Stonewall Diversity Champion is a hugely important step in making our campus the most inclusive and supportive institution it can be.

“This partnership allows us to work directly with Stonewall to seek guidance on all manner of things, such as policies and event organisation. It’s a badge we’ll be able to use to show students, staff and those external to the University that we’re committed to supporting the LGBT+ community.”

Alex Marlowe, Chair of LSU’s LGBT+ Association, added: “This is and absolutely should be celebrated as a historic event for Loughborough University. Both current and prospective students and staff now have a highly identifiable marker of Loughborough University’s public support of the LGBT+ community!”

Stonewall is an organisation which was founded in 1989 and campaigns for the equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people across the UK. It works with over 750 organisations and has been successful in lobbying for change in legislation on same sex marriage, the Equality Act, and the right for same sex couples to adopt.

Talking about the announcement, Professor Robert Allison commented: “Today is, I’m delighted to say, another day for celebration at Loughborough University.

“We’re celebrating becoming Stonewall Diversity Champions, and this brings together staff and students who are members of the LGBT+ community within the #LboroFamily. It demonstrates our commitment to diversity on campus and particularly supports LGBT+ people so they know they are valued, integral and essential members of the Loughborough University community.”

To find out more about the University’s LGBT+ Staff Group, click here.

Further information about the students’ LGBT+ Association can be found by visiting their Facebook page.

View the press release on the Loughborough University website for further information and resources.

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019 and top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2020, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and 8th in The UK Complete University Guide 2020.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.