Why Strathclyde?
LGBT History Month

Strathclyde celebrates LGBT History month

Throughout February, we celebrate LGBT History Month.

Strathclyde aims to be an inclusive community which recognises the potential, talents and contribution of all people regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, sex, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity (and paternity).

We're committed to creating an environment in which all students irrespective of their sexual orientation and/or trans or gender status, feel welcomed and valued, and in which discriminatory behaviour and harassment isn't tolerated.

LGBT history month logo

LGBT inclusion/support at Strathclyde

LGBT Charter

The University’s Student Experience directorate and the School of Education both hold LGBT Charter awards. The Charter is managed by LGBT Youth Scotland and recognises the achievements of organisations in proactively including LGBTI people in every aspect of their work, protecting staff and providing a high quality service to customers, students or service users.

The School of Education achieved a Bronze award in 2019 and Student Experience a Silver award in early 2020.

The LGBT Charter requires departments and organisations to demonstrate that staff have undertaken LGBT awareness training and that policies, practice and resources have been reviewed to make sure that they are as inclusive as they can be. It also demonstrates that awardees have engaged and consulted with LGBT communities and undertaken work to promote LGBT inclusion and awareness within their organisation.

Student LGBT+ Society

The LGBT+ Society represents LGBT+ students at the University. It runs events and campaigns throughout the year, and provides a safe space for LGBT+ students to socialise and have their voices heard.  

LGBT+ Staff & PhD Student Network

The LGBT+ Staff and PhD Student Network provides an opportunity to build a more diverse and inclusive academic community and enhance support for and visibility of a marginalised and underrepresented community at Strathclyde.

Trans, Non-Binary & Gender Diverse Student Support

The University is committed to creating an environment in which all students irrespective of their sexual orientation and/or trans or gender status, feel welcomed and valued, and in which discriminatory behaviour and harassment is not tolerated.

We recognise the unique issues faced by trans and non-binary students, both in a university environment and in the wider community and are committed to providing support.

Our named contact group for trans and non-binary students can advise and help co-ordinate support in a range of areas.

Use of pronouns

Our Student Experience directorate and Strathclyde Students Union teamed up on a campaign to promote International Pronouns Day, to raise awareness regarding respecting the pronouns people use for themselves, particularly people who are transgender or gender nonconforming and to celebrate people’s multiple, intersecting identities.

University staff and students had their pictures taken with an International Pronouns Say selfie banner and posted on social media. Staff were also invited to add their own personal pronouns to email signatures.

Staff member holding pronouns board

Events

Strathclyde Staff & PhD Student LGBT+ Network

Strathclyde staff and PGR students, consider becoming a member of the newly launched Strathclyde LGBT+ staff and PhD student network. All Strathclyde staff and PhD students welcome, including allies. Leadership roles are also available—self-nomination from women, transgender and non-binary people, people of colour, and disabled people are especially welcome.

Queer café 

Wednesday 10 February, 4-5pm

Save the date for the first in a series of regular informal coffee/tea virtual chats for members of the Strathclyde LGBTQI+ staff & PGR network. Grab a cuppa and get to know your fellow network members in a virtual break room. 

Book club 

Thursday 18 February, 3-4:30pm

LGBTQI+ Network Book Club: Booker Prize winner Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Research