North East: University of Sunderland leads the way in award nominations

The University of Sunderland has received a string of nominations in this years Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ) North East Awards.

The awards, which were created by Sunderland based LGBTQ charitable project Rainbow Foundation, recognise the positive contributions made by individuals, organisations and groups across the region to improve the lives of members of the LGBTQ community.

The University was named a finalist in the Creating Safer Learning Spaces award category earlier this month for their work to support LGBTQ students in their development.

Alongside this shortlisting, University Chaplain, Chris Howson, is a finalist in the Ally of the Year category, for his continued to work to make the University a safe space for all.

Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Drew Dalton, has also been named as a finalist in the Outstanding Contribution Award category for his continued work with the LGBTQ community over a number of years, both in his capacity as a lecturer and his charitable work.

The University’s media platform SR News and student radio station Spark have also been named as finalists in the Inclusive Arts & Media Award for their work to provide inclusive media content.

L-R Michael Young, Drew Dalton, Lui Asquith, and Stu Mullen.
Lui Asquith was named the winner of the Ally of the Year Award in 2017, while Thrive North East picked up the award for Charity & Community Initiative, Michael, Drew and Stu collected the award on behalf of the organisation.

“It’s great to see the University achieve this kind of success in this years awards.” said Ryan Houston, Founder of Rainbow Foundation

“The awards are all about rewarding the positive contributions that are being made within the region, to improve the lives of LGBTQ people..”

Six categories will be awarded at a ceremony taking place in May;: Ally of the Year, Inclusive Arts & Media, Charity & Community Initiative, Outstanding Contribution to LGBTQ Life, Creating Safer Learning Spaces and Inspirational Workplace.

There will also be a special award presented on the evening to acknowledge Lifetime Achievement, and a Special Recognition award.

The 2019 award ceremony will be held on Thursday 16th May, to coincide with International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia taking place the next day.

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