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LGBTQ+ Staff Network

Welcome to the LGBTQ+ Staff Network web page.

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 be not be the case for everyone.

Upcoming events and meetings

  • Lunch social:  the first working day of every month

    Wednesday 6th February 2019 
    Northcott Theatre Cafe 12:00 - 13:00


 Follow us on Twitter @ExeLGBTQStaff

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  LGBTQPlusStaff@exeter.ac.uk.

Stephen Clifford - Chair
Madi Pollard-Shore - Trans Support
Tom Caro - Bi Support
Thekla Morgenroth - Non-binary Support
Claire Davies - College of Engineering, Mathematics & Physical Sciences Support
Sharon Dixon - College of Life and Environmental Sciences Support
Claire Dunlop - College of Social Sciences & International Studies Support 
Rob Tinley - Policy Advisor

To join the network please e-mail  LGBTQPlusStaff@exeter.ac.uk.

You can also follow us on Twitter: @ExeLGBTQStaff

There is a closed Facebook group for members of the network, please request to join at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/UoELGBTQStaff

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.

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, to join the allies mailing list, please contact LGBTQPlusStaff@exeter.ac.uk.

We run and promote a number of events, including a monthly Coffee Morning, 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.

LGBTQ+ Staff: please contact LGBTQPlusStaff@exeter.ac.uk and we will add you to our mailing list. From the mailing list, you will hear about all upcoming events and opportunities to get involved.

Allies: We are running a separate mailing list for allies, so if you would like to be kept informed on LGBTQ+ inclusivity matters and events then please contact LGBTQPlusStaff@exeter.ac.uk to be added to our allies mailing list.

Both mailing lists are closed lists which means that only members can send and receive emails to the group. The lists are only visible to our mailing list co-ordinator.

Postgraduate students are very welcome to join the network. There is also a Student LGBTQ+ Society which is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students, and we work together to support our common aim of making the University an inclusive environment.

Exeter has an ever growing LGBTQ+ community and many members of staff are involved with these events and organisations outside of work. For more information, please use the following links:


ActiveOut Exeter

Devon Lions FC

The Eddystone Trust

Exeter Pride

The Intercom Trust

Non-Binary South West

Spectrum Choir