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LGBTQ+ Staff Network

LGBTQ+ Staff Network

LGBTQ+ Staff Network

LGBTQ+ Staff Network

We believe it's important to help create an inclusive environment for all sexual orientations and gender identities within the University.

We also want to offer a visible and accessible source of support as whilst many people may be comfortable with their own sexual orientation and gender identities and that of others, this may not be the case for everyone.

What does LGBTQ+ mean?

LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (including non-binary identities), and Queer / Questioning. The '+' covers all other types of sexual and gender identities such as asexual, intersex and genderqueer.

You can find a more detailed list of terms relating to sexual orientation and gender identity here.

Our Values

The LGBTQ+ Staff Network welcomes all lesbian, gay, bi, trans, non-binary, queer, intersex, ace and questioning people. We do not gate-keep and aim to support anyone who self-identifies as part of our community. We are also keen to include people who are not LGBTQ+, but want to stand in solidarity with us. We are intersectional in our outlook and aim to work in solidarity with anti-racist, decolonising, trans, feminist, disability, working-class and sex worker rights campaigns and liberation projects (at minimum).

We believe it is really important to have accessible LGBTQ+ contacts and role models within the University. We have specific roles within the network for areas of support, but if you would like general support, or would like to speak to someone else confidentially within the network please write to

You can book a "drop-in" with any of us, or contact us anonymously via this page.

Roles and Responsibilities
Co-Chair / Academic Representative / HUMS Representative 

Jana Funke

Co-Chair / Professional Services Representative / Trans Coordinator 

Jasper Privett

Co-Chair / Partner Organisation Representative / Trans Coordinator

Lena Worwood

Policy Coordinator

Madi Pollard-Shore

Bi Representatives / Comms and Marketing Coordinators 

Tom Caro / Alex Dudgeon

Non-binary Representative

Caspian Robson

CEMPS Representatives

Claire Davies / Alex Dudgeon

CLES Representative

CMH Representative

Jon Davies

CSSIS Representative

Claire Dunlop
UEBS Representative TBC

Intersectionality Coordinator 

Joseph Lee


Corinna Lowry

Coordinator Agnes Bacon



The Network is open to all staff and PGR students of all sexual orientations and gender identities who would like a secure space to fully express their sexual orientation and/or gender identity without fear of intimidation or harassment.

We also welcome those who do not identify as LGBTQ+ but would like to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community by being an ally.

We run and promote a number of events, including a Coffee Morning (running virtually every fortnight during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic), and Pride on Campus.
Most events are open to all but some may be specifically for those that identify as LGBTQ+, and some may be just for allies.

The network is organised by a group of volunteer co-ordinators who:

  • provide advice and input into the University's inclusivity agenda, training, policies and guidelines
  • represent the Network at the University's Inclusivity Group
  • review survey results that tell us about how we are performing as a LGBT-inclusive workplace, such as the Employee Engagement Survey and Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index
  • work with other LGBTQ+ groups outside the University.

If you have any ideas for events or would like to become network co-ordinator, please do get in touch.

If you would like to join the LGBTQ+ Staff network as a member, or an ally please fill out our Microsoft Form HERE.

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