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LGBTQ+ Equality 2017-18

Lancaster University is committed to ensuring fairness and support for staff and students of all sexual orientations, and for those who have undergone, or who are considering undergoing, gender reasignment.

Sexual orientation

The sexual orientation protected characteristic applies to anyone’s sexual orientation towards people of the same sex, opposite sex or both. The University will continue to support the right of individuals to choose whether they wish to be open or not about their sexual orientation at work or study.

Gender reassignment

The gender reassignment protected characteristic applies to anyone who is proposing to undergo, is undergoing or has undergone a process (or part of a process) for the purpose of reassigning the person’s sex by changing physiological or other attributes of sex. A transsexual person is a reference to a person who has the protected characteristic of gender reassignment.

The University will continue to:

  • Provide effective support to staff and students both during transition and post-transition.
  • Make provision for changes to staff and student records to reflect the individual’s current gender identity, where practicable.
  • Ensure that trans issues are considered by Estates in the designation of facilities.
  • Consider offering gender neutral and non-binary alternatives, where practicable.


We are Stonewall Diversity Champions

We are delighted that Lancaster University has become a member of the Stonewall Global Diversity Champions programme for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) equality.

The Stonewall Diversity Champions programme is a framework for creating a workplace that enables LGBT staff to reach their full potential. It will also offer expert support and guidance towards best practice approaches around LGBT equality. 

Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith welcomed the news: 'Membership of this programme confirms our commitment to diversity and in ensuring that Lancaster University is a welcoming and inclusive workplace for all employees. It also follows important work as part of our Equality Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision and will form part of Our Strategy for 2020 update to be launched in the autumn.'

Dan Barcroft, Chair of Lancaster University LGBT Network commented:'We look forward to working with Stonewall to continue our efforts to create an even more inclusive workplace for LGBT staff at Lancaster University'.

You can join the LGBT Staff Network by emailing The network sees LGBT staff and allies coming together to share information, support, experiences, ideas and concerns. 

(The Stonewall Staff Survey closed on 3rd November 2017 - Thank-you for your responses).