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LSBU an outstanding place to work for LGBT employees

08 April 2015
London South Bank University students and staff at London's 2014 LGBT Pride Festival

LSBU has been named one of the best places to work in higher education for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Stonewall's league table of LGBT-friendly employers

London South Bank University has been recognised as one of the best places to work in higher education for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people by charity Stonewall.

LSBU has moved up 45 places in Stonewall's annual Workplace Equality Index, the UK's leading tool for helping employers gauge how inclusive their workplaces are.

LSBU's voluntary participation in the programme reflects its commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The university is now ranked 176th of employers in all sectors who took part and 21st out of 64 in the education sector.

"This is an outstanding result that reflects LSBU's proud history of creating opportunities for people regardless of background," says Ian Mehrtens, LSBU chief operating officer and executive sponsor for diversity and inclusion.

"London South Bank University is a fantastically diverse place to work, with students and colleagues from 130 countries for example. We're committed to eliminating any barriers to inclusion in higher education, whether for our students, employees or partners."

LSBU has an active sexual orientation and gender identity staff network, SONET, who recently held an election year debate between the Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems on LGBT equality.

"This ranking is testament to all the SONET members who work so hard to make our network such a success," says Terry Eastham, chair of LSBU's SONET staff network. "We've got exciting plans for London Pride on 27 June, students and staff marching together as #proudsouthbankers."

LSBU has entered the index for several years. Six per cent of LSBU's workforce shared that they were lesbian, gay or bisexual in response to an anonymous staff survey as part of the submission.

Learn more about LSBU's sexual orientation and gender identity staff network, SONET (staff only)

 
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