Throughout June, we celebrate LGBT+ Pride Month for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, queer and intersex communities.
As a socially progressive and people-oriented organisation, the University of Strathclyde strives to be an inclusive community which recognises the potential, talents and contribution of all people.
We value the diversity of our student and staff populations, and seek to create a culture where everyone is welcome and thrives within our institution. We work to ensure that our students, staff and visitors (as well as those who apply to study or work at the University) are treated fairly regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
We're committed to creating an environment in which all students, staff and visitors – irrespective of their sexual orientation, gender identity and trans status – feel welcomed and valued, and in which discriminatory behaviour and harassment isn't tolerated. The University will take prompt action in response to any alleged discrimination, victimisation, or harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Pride Month is marked in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in the US, and Pride events in Scotland and the UK generally take place throughout the summer months.
There are lots of ways to get involved this Pride Month, across and beyond the Strathclyde community. Here are some suggestions of ways to get involved.
StrathPride: Strathclyde LGBTQI+ Staff & PGR Network
Over 80 Strathclyde staff and PGR students who are LGBTQI+ and allies have joined the network since it formally launched in October 2020.
As a new network, StrathPride hosts regular network meetings, informal online cafes, book/film/television reviews, and researcher sessions – and we’re always keen to engage with new members and new event ideas! You can join members this month for informal online cafes, a network meeting and an LGBTQI+ research event:
- Lunchtime LGBTQI+ Café: Tuesday 1 June, 12pm to 1pm
- StrathPride Network meeting: Wednesday 9 June, 4pm to 5pm
- Evening LGBTQI+ Café: Thursday 17 June, 5pm to 6pm
- LGBTQ+ Research event: Monday 28 June, 4pm to 5pm
StrathUnion & campus pride events
The Students’ Union has teamed up with Campus Pride to host an extensive programme of free events for Pride Month. Events are open to Strathclyde students and staff (sign up via EventBrite), and are all hosted online. Some events taking place include:
- Asexuality and Aromanticism 101: Friday 4 June, 2pm to 3pm
- Trans Allyship in HE: Monday 7 June, 12[m to 1pm
- What does an LGBTQ+ inclusive University look like?: Monday 14 June, 2pm to 3pm
- Intersex 101: Thursday 17 June, 2pm to 3pm
- Tackling LGBTphobia: Be an active bystander: Monday 21 June, 1pm to 2pm
- LGBT+ History Quiz Afternoon: Tuesday 22 June, 4pm to 5pm
- Trans-Inclusive Teaching Workshop: Thursday 24 June, 1pm to 2pm
- University - A Place For Me?: Friday 25 June, 3pm to 4pm
- LGBT+ Campaigns Support drop-in: Monday 12 July, 2pm to 3pm
- Gender Recognition in the UK: Tuesday 20 July, 2pm to 3pm
Advancing LGBT+ equality at Strathclyde
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).
Below are some of the ways we are currently working to advance LGBT+ equality and inclusion at our institution.
LGBT+ Charter Mark
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 students or service users.
The School of Education achieved a Bronze award in 2019 and Student Experience a Silver award in early 2020.
STEM Equals is a four-year research and impact project focused on creating more inclusive STEM communities for women and LGBT people in both academia and in industry. Through an intersectional lens, the project will examine working cultures within higher education and industry, including systemic inequalities faced by women and LGBT staff in STEM disciplines.
Funded by EPSRC and in partnership with BAM Nuttall Ltd, the project will launch and evaluate strategic initiatives focused on improving equality and diversity in STEM. For Pride Month, STEM Equals project’s own Dr Marco Reggiani is one of the featured researchers in UKRI’s Pride in Research and Innovation campaign.
STEM Equals Profiles is an initiative to increase visibility of LGBT+ and women researchers in STEM and promote diverse role models. Contact STEM Equals if you would like to be featured!
We provide named contact support for trans, non-binary and gender diverse students at Strathclyde via our ‘Ask Alex’ service. 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.
For more information or to access advice and support, visit our dedicated Trans, non-binary & gender diverse student support webpage or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2021, Strathclyde published updated guidance on supporting LGBT+ students and staff, designed to accompany our Dignity and Respect Policy.
This document aims to promote understanding and provide clarity on issues which may be of particular relevance to LGBT+ students and staff. It provides guidance for staff and line managers on support for students and staff and on ensuring an LGBT+ inclusive environment.
Remember, if you experience or witness concerning behaviour (including anti-LGBT+ bullying, harassment and violence) on campus and/or relating to university staff and students, you can report this via Strathclyde’s Report & Support system. Reports can be made anonymously.
Alongside the Dignity and Respect Policy, Strathclyde has developed a network of Dignity & Respect Advisers. Any person experiencing bullying or harassment can contact an adviser for confidential advice and support. In order to avoid any conflict of interest, you are advised to contact an adviser external to your local area.
Between 2016 and 2018, Dr Stephanie Mckendry and Dr Matson Lawrence from Strathclyde’s Access, Equality & Inclusion team conducted research on the experiences of, and current provision for, trans and gender diverse applicants, students and staff in colleges and universities across Scotland.
The TransEDU project developed a website and a range of resources, including animated videos, training materials, case studies, and guidance. Strathclyde staff and students can also access the related guidance book – Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Students and Staff in Further and Higher Education – for free via Strathclyde Library.
Please note: this page contains external links and many of the events listed are hosted by organisations external to the University. The University cannot take responsibility for the content of external websites or events hosted by external groups.