Higher education named best performing sector by Stonewall

Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity  in the UK, have today released their LGBT-Inclusive Employers list.

The Top 100 is the UK’s leading list ranking employers from across public, private and third sectors on how inclusive their workplaces are and is intensely competitive – with this year seeing more entrants than ever.

A new trend in this year’s Top 100 sees a significant rise in Universities named as inclusive employers, with 18 organisations working in the higher education sector making the list.

As higher education organisations dominated this year’s Top 100, Cardiff University came top of the class at number 11. The sector’s strong performance was buoyed by seven new entries to the Top 100, including six universities such as the University of South Wales (43) and the University of Brighton (72).

Higher education’s strong commitment to LGBT inclusion is a powerful positive symbol of the progress being made towards equality. Stonewall’s 2018 University Report shows why this work is needed with two in five LGBT students (42 per cent) saying they’ve hidden their identity at university for fear of discrimination.

Each year, Stonewall also names individuals and groups who have made an outstanding contribution to LGBT inclusion in their workplace. Senior Champion of the Year was awarded to Jonathan Slater, the Department for Education’s Permanent Secretary.

Jonathan Slater, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education, said: ‘I am absolutely delighted to have won the Stonewall Senior Champion of the Year award. I am proud of what we have done in the Department for Education and am very grateful for the dedication and support of the LGBT+ network, my leadership team, and individuals in the Department who have gone above and beyond to make it an inclusive place to work. There’s plenty more to do, and I will keep championing the rights of staff to be themselves.’

Last year, Stonewall released research that showed more than a third of LGBT staff (35 per cent) have hidden they are LGBT at work and almost one in five LGBT employees (18 per cent) have been the target of negative comments from colleagues because of their identity.

Stonewall is Britain’s leading charity for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality, working to create a world where every single person can be accepted without exception. 

It was founded in 1989 by a small group of people who wanted to break down barriers to equality. Stonewall continues to campaign and lobby government to change laws to ensure everyone, everywhere, is free to be themselves.

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