Workplace Equality Index

Workplace Equality Index

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Swansea University takes part in Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index (WEI), a charter which measures employer's efforts to tackle discrimination and create an inclusive workplace for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB) employees.  

In 2017, Swansea University was ranked at number 31 out of 100 – placing Swansea second of all participating universities. This represents a rise of 205 places in 3 years, from our ranking of 236 in 2014. 

The WEI is a powerful evidence-based benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace. Each participant must demonstrate their expertise in 10 distinct areas of employment policy and practice, including networking groups, career development, training and community engagement.

At the same time, staff from across each organisation take part in an anonymous survey about their employers’ attitudes towards workplace culture, diversity and inclusion. Over 60,000 staff took part in 2016, making it one of the largest national employment surveys in Britain.  

Swansea University's WEI submission is led by Cath Elms, LGBT+ Staff Network co-chair, with support from the LGBT+ Staff Network and Equality Team. 

If you would like to get involved in future WEI submissions, please get in touch at lgbtplus@swansea.ac.uk

Read more about the WEI on the Stonewall website

What is LGBT+?

LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender.

Lesbian = a woman who is attracted to other women
Gay = a man who is attracted to other men
Bisexual = individuals attracted to people regardless of their gender
Transgender = someone who transitions from a man to a woman, or a woman to a man. This includes individuals who are considering transitioning and individuals who define a gender identity that is different to the person’s sex at birth.

The plus (+) relates to other sexual and gender identities, including (but not limited to) pansexual, asexual, intersex, questioning, queer, genderqueer, polysexual.

LGBT+ Staff Network

The University has an established LGBT+ Staff Network, which holds regular social events, networking opportunities, workshops and training, as well as providing information and guidance on matters relating to LGBT+.  The network offers confidential support and advice to all staff (not only those who identify as LGBT+). Staff are able to report bullying and harassment incidents on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity to the Network co-chairs. The Network is co-chaired by Dr Alys Einion and Ms Cath Elms. 

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LGBT+ Allies Programme

Do you support LGBT+ equality at the university?  Want to keep up to date with LGBT+ campaigns, events, and activities at the university?  Join our LGBT+ Allies Programme! It's a simple mailing list that anyone can join - staff, students, alumni, or visitors/supporters - regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.  Programme members receive monthly email updates about LGBT+ equality work at Swansea University.  

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