Date of release: Friday, January 20, 2017
The LGBT+ Staff Network at the University of Greenwich has been honoured by the charity Stonewall.
It was named as Network Group of the Year 2017 in a ceremony last night (Thursday 19 January) which marked the publication of the latest Stonewall Top 100 Employers list.
Christopher Hallas, the university's Senior LGBT+ Champion, and Neil Cormack-Bissett, Network Chair, say: "This honour recognises the invaluable work that Network members have undertaken over the past three years to promote LGBT+ equality, diversity and inclusion within the university, It is also a tribute to our exceptional engagement with external communities, friends, supporters and allies.
"It is through Network members' dedication, imagination and energy that we have grown from strength to strength, and we would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years. This is a proud day for the university."
The university's LGBT+ Staff Network has built a strong profile over the past year with an ambitious programme of events, initiatives, partnership work and social media campaigns. It has strongly supported high-profile events such as Diversity Week, Mental Health Week, Trans Awareness Week, Pride and Older Persons Day.
More good news for Greenwich is that the university is ranked in Stonewall's Top 100 list of the nation's best-performing employers, for the second year running. This ranking is based on Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index 2017, an annual audit of workplace culture for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff.
The university is placed at 82 in what Stonewall calls its "most competitive index ever". More than 400 organisations took part in the Workplace Equality Index, while more than 90,000 employees across Britain took part in Stonewall's staff feedback exercise, making it one of the largest national employment surveys.
The university's LGBT+ Staff Network will be featured in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers report, and in its pull-out supplement, both to be published this month.
Now in its 13th year, the Stonewall 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.
Greenwich was the first university to become an accredited training partner with the charity. The university is now recognised as a centre of excellence for training schools about issues relating, in particular, to homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.
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Picture: Neil Cormack-Bissett, Jack Beresford, Sara Ragab, Christopher Hallas and Catherine Tonry, LGBT+ Staff Network with their award.