Aberystwyth University in Stonewall Top 100 again
21 January 2019
Aberystwyth University has been named one of the most inclusive employers in the UK by LGBT equality charity Stonewall in its Top 100 Employers List for 2019.
Published Monday 21 January 2019, this year’s Stonewall Top 100 was the largest ever with 445 employers entering.
Now in its fifteenth year, the annual survey collects more than 92,000 anonymous responses from employees across the UK on their experience of workplace culture and diversity.
Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, said: “We are committed to championing equality and diversity across the University and creating an inclusive community for all our staff as well as our students, stakeholders and visitors. We are proud to be included for the second consecutive year in Stonewall’s top 100 employers list but we do not rest on our laurels and continue to develop and promote policies that make our campus a place where people can thrive and be themselves.”
Stonewall’s Top 100 is compiled from submissions to the Workplace Equality Index, a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace, as well as their wider work in the community and on service provision.
Each organisation must demonstrate their expertise in 10 areas of employment policy and practice, including networking groups, senior leadership, procurement and how well they’ve engaged with LGBT communities.
Darren Towers, Stonewall’s Executive Director said: “Aberystwyth University and all those who have made this year’s Top 100 Employers list are making a huge difference to workplaces, services and communities across the UK. LGBT-inclusive employers play a crucial role in changing society by using their power and influence to protect and support LGBT people.
“More than a third of LGBT staff (35 per cent) still hide their identity at work for fear of discrimination; that has an impact on productivity, wellbeing and more and shows we still have lots to do. However, with organisations like Aberystwyth University displaying such a strong commitment to LGBT equality, we are one step closer to creating a world where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees are welcomed and accepted without exception.”
Aberystwyth University runs an LGBT network for staff, is one of the main sponsors of the Pride Cymru Big Weekend, and organises an annual conference on trans issues as well as other events.
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