Stonewall assessment and Staff Feedback Survey - September 2017
The University has recently become a member of the Stonewall Global Diversity Programme, for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) equality, and has been developing an action plan for 2017-18.
The benefits of Stonewall membership include: access to expert advice on LGBT inclusive practices; objective assessment and feedback against a comprehensive equality assessment framework; direct access to best practice organisations within and outside of the sector. Stonewall also provide country briefings on LGBT equality in Stonewall Guidance - China and Stonewall Guidance - Malaysia.
In September 2017, information on Lancaster University policies and working practices were submitted for assessment against the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, see more about the index here. Early in 2018, the University will receive feedback, benchmarked against other organisations within and outside of the sector, with suggested areas for improvement and ranking position. Stonewall will work closely with us to develop a specific action plan that will be communicated in 2018.
Along with our submission to this year’s Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI), the University is also taking part in the Stonewall Staff Feedback Survey to gauge the views of both LGBT and non-LGBT defining colleagues within the University. In order to help assess the impact of organisational practice on LGBT inclusion in our workplace, Stonewall seeks feedback directly from our employees. In the survey Stonewall ask our employees questions around key indicators of inclusion in our workplace – examining both LGBT and non-LGBT employee experiences, opinions and attitudes. Last year there were over 90,000 responses to the survey, enabling organisations to benchmark themselves against hundreds of others. Lancaster University staff will soon be invited to complete the Stonewall Staff Feedback Survey, which will be open until 3 November.
LGBT Staff Network
The University has recently set up an LGBT Staff Network, which is open to LGBT and non-LGBT defining colleagues.
The next meeting of the Network is on 28th September 2017 at 12 noon in D72, County South. Topics to be discussed at this meeting include: Socials/Events for Autumn Term; Stonewall and Workplace Equality Index Update; LGBT History Month (Feb 2018) planning.
If you would like to find out more, or attend the meeting, email: email@example.com