City recognised for its efforts in becoming a more inclusive employer during LGBTQ+ History Month.
City, University of London has received a Silver award in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index and secured a spot in Stonewall’s Top 100 list of inclusive employers.
Stonewall is Europe’s largest charity for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer rights. The Workplace Equality Index assesses organisations’ achievements and progress on LGBTQ+ equality and publishes awards annually based on employment policy and practice and an anonymous survey.
The result was released during LGBTQ+ History Month.
Stonewall Workplace Equality Index result
The Silver award and inclusion in the Top 100 Employers List recognises City’s significant efforts towards creating an inclusive and supportive network for its LGBTQ+ staff and students in the past year.
Policies and actions that have been put in place at City include internal EDI training for recruiting managers; all gender facilities; EDI-related personal development objectives for each staff member during their appraisals; and an LGBTQI+ staff network hosting regular events with a formal senior ambassador.
City has shown a longstanding commitment to creating an inclusive environment for its LGBTQIA+ staff and adopted a transgender, intersex and gender nonconforming (TIGNC) policy in 2017. Earlier this year, City’s President Professor Sir Anthony Finkelstein reaffirmed this commitment to EDI by embedding it in the 2030 strategy as a key element of City’s culture.
Professor Anna Whitelock, Executive Dean of the School of Communication and Creativity, holds the role of LGBTQIA+ Ambassador within the University’s Senior Leadership Team. She said:
Dr Kavita Powley, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) said:
Nancy Kelley, CEO of Stonewall said:
City is committed to a wide range of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion activities which reflect our ongoing aim to be an open and inclusive place to work and study. Stonewall WEI is one of the charter marks the University has taken part in (and been awarded for) in the last year, recognising the progress we've made and our commitment to future actions. Others include: Athena Swan bronze renewal (for gender equality, Advance HE); Race Equality Charter bronze award (Advance HE); Disability Confident Employer (government initiative); and joining the University Mental Health Charter programme.
City marks LGBTQ+ History Month
The 2023 theme of LGBTQ+ History Month is #BehindTheLens, which aims to honour LGBTQ+ people for their contributions to cinema behind the camera. The celebrate this theme, the Student Union is hosting two LGBTQIA+ Film Nights on campus.
The Student Union has also organised a series of educational and social events to mark the month, including handing out badges and information on using correct pronouns, a walking tour of Soho to explore London’s queer history, and an upcoming trip to the newly opened Queer Britain Museum.
To mark the month, the Office for Institutional Equity & Inclusion hosted an LGBTQ+ History Month Stall in the University Building on the main campus, another at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass), and a third at the performing arts school Urdang at Finsbury Town Hall.
The Office for Institutional Equity & Inclusion organises a monthly Diversify your Mind Club event, allowing staff to engage in intersectional discussions on race and racism, typically focused on a piece of media such as a book, movie or documentary. The group will be hosting its February session about the book ‘The Only Freedom We Can See’, an assemblage of writings of queer people incarcerated in the US, to mark the month.
The Office for Institutional Equity & Inclusion team will also host a training session for staff about trans awareness. Next month, the team will be co-hosting a panel discussion with students and staff from City and University College London (UCL) on the topic ‘LGBTQ+ History Month: Imagining a Queer Utopia in Higher Education and Beyond.’