Greenwich named as one of UK’s top 100 gay-friendly employers

Date of release: Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The university has been ranked as one of the UK's most gay-friendly workplaces in Stonewall Top 100 Employers, published today.

Greenwich is placed at 80th in this list of the nation's best-performing employers, drawn from Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index 2016, an annual audit of workplace culture for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff.

This is an impressive rise of more than 100 places from last year, when the university was listed in the top 200, at 182nd. Within the UK higher education sector, the university is rated as 11th.

Professor David Maguire, Vice-Chancellor, and senior leader for equality, diversity and inclusion in the university, says: "This is a great achievement for Greenwich and a powerful indicator of our commitment to the creation of an inclusive environment that supports all of our employees. Equality, diversity and inclusion are essential to the university's mission to achieve excellence in all that we do.

"This result is also a fantastic tribute to the work of university staff who, with our students, partnered with Stonewall to learn from past results and initiate developments and change.

"I am proud to say that Greenwich provides a welcoming environment for all LGBT+ staff and students."

The Stonewall list is compiled from submissions to the Workplace Equality Index, a benchmarking tool used by employers to create inclusive workplaces. Now in its twelfth year, the list celebrates the pioneering efforts of leading organisations to create inclusive workplaces. The index assesses employers' activities and workplace culture, looking at issues such as training, leadership and role models.

Last year, Stonewall announced that Greenwich was the first university to become an accredited training partner with the charity. This means that the university is now recognised as a centre of excellence for training schools about issues relating, in particular, to homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

In 2011, Greenwich joined the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme, highlighting its commitment to working to support lesbian, gay and bisexual staff. Since then, among other achievements, a new and very successful LGBT+ staff network has been established.

A new strategy for equality, diversity and inclusion is to be launched by the university later this month. It builds on the success of Greenwich's work to achieve an Athena Swan institutional bronze award. Now, the careers of colleagues across the university are set to benefit from the next stage of this national equality initiative in higher education.