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University of Essex

September 11, 2019

Have your say! Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2020

Filed under: Equality and Diversity,Inclusion,LGBT+,Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Victoria Beckwith @ 11:53 am

Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index is the definitive benchmarking tool for employers to measure their progress on lesbian, gay, bi and trans inclusion in the workplace.

As part of the University’s Stonewall Workplace Equality Index submission, Stonewall would like to invite all of our staff to take part in their employee survey. The information you provide is anonymous and completely confidential; it is not possible for individuals to be identified through their responses.

Stonewall aims to be as transparent as possible when processing data. We have outlined below how and why they use the data that you submit for analytical purposes:

  • Reporting, to your employer, average scores and trends on key indicators of inclusion in your workplace (where sample sizes are too small, only national, regional and sector trends will be shared with your employer)
  • Reporting national, regional and sector trends on LGBT inclusion in the workplace to be included in the Stonewall Top 100 report in January 2020 and associated publications

You can access the survey using the following 4-digit code: 1685.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 1 November 2019.



August 29, 2019

Our approach to supporting trans and non-binary staff

Filed under: Equality and Diversity,Inclusion,LGBT+ — Tags: , — Victoria Beckwith @ 4:07 pm

new resource is available, which will be particularly helpful for trans and non-binary individuals, those with management responsibilities for trans and non-binary staff, colleagues of trans and non-binary staff, and Human Resources staff.

Even if this doesn’t seem applicable to you, we really encourage you to familiarise yourselves with this document, as it sets out the University’s approach to supporting new and existing trans and non-binary staff and those who transition while at Essex, and makes clear our broader commitment to celebrating the diversity of our students and staff.

The way in which the University supports trans and non-binary staff is based on five key principles:

  • Staff can self-identify their gender for University purposes
  • No bullying or harassment of trans or non-binary staff will be tolerated
  • The needs of each trans employee will be addressed individually
  • The process of transitioning at work will be led by the person transitioning
  • An individual’s trans status will be kept confidential, in line with the person’s wishes and the law

This document is part of a wider range of our employment policies and procedures; all of our family-friendly policies are inclusive and apply to everyone, including lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff and same-sex couples as well as heterosexual individuals and couples.



May 16, 2019

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) Friday 17 May

Filed under: Equality and Diversity,Inclusion,LGBT+ — Tags: , — Victoria Beckwith @ 2:39 pm

The University is marking International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on Friday 17 May by championing our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. You can show your support to our LGBT+ community in a number of ways:

We are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer, and we have a zero tolerance approach to any form of harassment. If you witness or experience harassment, you may report the incident on our report and support system. You can choose to contact an adviser, or report an incident anonymously.

If you contact an adviser, it will put you in touch with one of our Harassment Support Workers, who are part of the Harassment Report and Support Service. This trained network of staff includes representatives at all three of our campuses and can be accessed by employees, workers, contractors, students and visitors to our University. We will take action on any report received, and the action will be proportionate to the circumstances of the case.

If you choose to report an incident anonymously, we will not be able to take any direct action on this report, but the data we gather from these reports will help us to identify patterns and trends in behaviour and to evaluate the impact of our reporting system. This data will inform our preventative work and help us to understand the scope of these issues on our campuses and in our community.

It’s also really important that our staff are able to identify any form of harassment, and develop the skills to positively intervene, which is why we will be offering more bystander intervention workshops for staff in the Autumn term. Being an active bystander means intervening safely and positively to deescalate any potentially harmful incidents, and we want to empower our community to intervene when negative situations or behaviours arise. If you would like to sign up for bystander intervention training, please contact develop@essex.ac.uk.



September 18, 2018

Bi Visibility Day

Filed under: Gender equality — Tags: , — Mohammed Alam @ 2:59 pm

The University is proud to be in Stonewall’s Top 100 Workplaces for LGBT Equality, and we want to make sure we highlight all LGBT+ awareness days.

It’s Bi Visibility Day on Sunday 23 September, and it’s important that we raise awareness of this day, as there are a lot of myths surrounding bisexuality, which can prevent those who identify as bisexual from coming out. We want to support all our staff in feeling comfortable about being open at the University so they can be themselves at work, get the right support, and feel like they belong.

There’s a lack of representation of bisexual people in the media, or they are misrepresented as being promiscuous, greedy, going through a ‘phase’, or that bisexuality as an identity doesn’t exist. Often someone’s bisexual identity will be erased if they are currently with a partner of a different gender, as it is assumed they are now heterosexual.

These stereotypical assumptions are all classed as biphobia, which is an aversion towards bisexuality and is included in the legal definition of harassment. The university has a zero tolerance approach to harassment, and if you experience or witness any incidents, you can report it anonymously or get support from an adviser on our Report and Support system.

One of our students, Owen Preston, came out as bisexual on BBC Three’s ‘I’m Coming Out in August 2017, after struggling throughout his teenage years with his sexuality. We’re lucky to have such a positive role model for our students, and if you want to know more about Owen’s story, please contact  Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. You can also find information about supporting our LGBT+ students in the Staff Directory.

Staff can contact our LGBT+ Forum through Lauren Searle-Byrne and Josie Evans, The LGBT+ Forum aims to create opportunities for our LGBT+ staff to share experiences and resources, find peer support, discuss current issues and upcoming events and input into consultation on University policy. The Forum is hosting two lunchtime drop-in sessions in September, and for more information please contact either Josie or Lauren.

For information about becoming an LGBT+ ally, or joining our other networks, please get in touch with Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

 



February 6, 2018

LGBT+ Careers Event

LGBT+ Careers Event – an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion collaboration with the Essex LGBT+ Alliance, Employability and Careers and the Students’ Union.

This now annual event offers LGBT+ students and staff a chance to hear from LGBT+ staff and students and their experiences in finding a job and then how they managed to be authentic in the workplace.

A panel of LGBT+ speakers from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, Ford Motor Company Ltd,  Essex County Council, LGBT+ staff and students from UoE will give an insight into what it means to apply for a job as an LGBT+ person.   There will then be a session where delegates can ask the speakers questions in an informal setting.  Afternoon tea will then be available giving everyone the opportunity to network with peers and several employers from the Essex LGBT+ Alliance.

This event is aimed at all of the University community, not just LGBT+ staff and students as we realise that many staff and students have friends or family who are LGBT+ and who may need advice and support on finding employment when they leave school or university.

Book now on HR Organiser



January 23, 2018

Essex celebrates LGBT+ history month

Filed under: Equality and Diversity,Gender equality — Tags: , , — Mohammed Alam @ 2:21 pm

Come and join us to celebrate the start of LGBT+ history month. Katy Jon Went will be returning to Essex 12pm-2pm on 1 February, to talk about the progress and regress of LGBTIQ+ rights around the world.

Katy Jon is experienced in public speaking from head and heart with humor, and guaranteed to deliver an engaging, honest and thought provoking session.

Katy’s reviews speak volumes,  “Katy is immensely knowledgeable about her subject area and presents it in a very engaging and accessible way. While she is undoubtedly an intellectual heavyweight, there is no sense of superiority, and attendees at her talks genuinely feel that they could ask her anything without fear of offending her or being made to feel stupid”.

Book your place on HR Organiser and search “DIVERSITY”.

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August 29, 2017

Trans equality from a Queer Studies perspective

Filed under: Gender equality — Tags: , , — Mohammed Alam @ 10:37 am

Come and join the next meeting of the LGBT+ Allies network on Tuesday 5 September from 13:00 – 14:00 in Room 4SA.6.17, when Victoria Beckwith, Project Officer (Tackling Sexual Violence) will be giving a presentation on ‘Trans equality from a Queer Studies perspective’.

Please go to HR Organiser to book your place.



June 30, 2017

LGBT+ Allies

Filed under: Gender equality — Tags: — Mohammed Alam @ 9:41 am

The University’s Straight Allies group has recently been re-named and the group is now called ‘LGBT+ Allies’.  If you would like more information or if you would like to join the LGBT+ Allies group please follow this web link.

Don’t forget Essex Pride 2017 is on Saturday 24 June in Central Park, Chelmsford when representatives from the Essex LGBT Alliance will be promoting their work and enjoying the family fun day out.

We also have our special event LGBT on 3 July entitled : Removing the ‘one box identity’: The effects of intersectionality on life experiences.  For more details and to book your place please go to HR Organiser.

You can also contact us at diversity@essex.ac.uk



March 2, 2016

Celebrating diversity and inspirational women

The University will be celebrating inspirational women as part of a ten-day programme of activities highlighting equality and diversity.

Diversity Week, a collaboration between Equality and Diversity, the Students’ Union and the Essex Women’s Network will be launched on International Women’ Day, Tuesday 8 March, and will include talks, workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions, films and awards for motivational, empowering or inspirational female students and staff.

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October 8, 2015

National Coming Out Day

Essex-LGBT-AllianceEvery year on 11th October, National Coming Out Day continues to promote a safe world for LGBT individuals to live truthfully and openly. It recognises that Coming Out is one of the most important moments in the lives of an LGBT person. Each individual who speaks up changes more hearts and minds, and creates new advocates for equality.

It takes courage to trust the world with your true self.

Getting support

Below are a number of useful links creating by Stonewall offering help, advice and further support.

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