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Reading University Becomes Top 100 LGBT+ Employer

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Reading University Becomes Top 100 LGBT+ Employer

The University of Reading has achieved its highest ever ranking in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI) 2019, moving into the group of Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers for the first time.

 

In rankings announced by Stonewall today, the University was placed 80 out of the 445 employers submitting for assessment in this year’s index, with a score of 115 out of 200.

 

Parveen Yaqoob

 

Parveen Yaqoob, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation and the University Executive Board’s LGBT+ Champion, said:  “The Stonewall WEI is a great benchmarking tool to help us think through how we can make the University the most welcoming, supportive and inclusive environment it can be for our LGBT+ staff and students.

 

“This is the third year that we have made substantial progress in these rankings, reflecting work that makes a difference by very many individuals across the University. It’s fantastic that this this effort is now publicly recognised by our move into Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers, moving close to the challenging target that the University has set of Top 50 in the rankings by 2020.

 

“We encourage all staff to get involved individually, for example through the Allies Information/Recruitment Session and other educational and social events that run through the year.”

 

Improved Ranking

 

The improved ranking, which sees the University move up from a 2018 ranking of 138 (out of 434), is a result of a number of steps the University has taken to be a more inclusive and welcoming environment for our LGBT+ staff and students. Examples include:

 

 

LGBT Plus Network

 

The University’s LGBT Plus network, co-chaired by Alina Tryfonidou and Allán Laville, played an important role in shaping the submission.

 

Professor Tryfonidou said: “I’m extremely pleased with this impressive result. Having an almost 60-place improvement, which has brought us up to the Stonewall’s top 100 LGBT+ inclusive employers, demonstrates the University’s ongoing commitment to the LGBT+ community of its staff and students.

 

“It also reflects the University’s hard work in ensuring that it is – and will continue to be – an inclusive and accepting place to work and study and enables it to make an explicit statement to internal and external stakeholders that it has zero tolerance for any form of discrimination. There is, of course, more work to be done and we will all work together to make the University a fully inclusive and positive environment for LGBT+ staff and students.”

 

Students’ Union Diversity Officer

 

Nozomi Tolworthy, the Reading University Students’ Union Diversity Officer, said:  “I’m delighted to have received this good news at the start of the new year. This really demonstrates our commitment to creating an inclusive and welcoming campus for everyone, as a place to study and as a place to work. I look forward to working on more campaigns and initiatives jointly with the University of Reading and seeing our exciting ideas for LGBT+ History Month coming to life.”