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What is Out@UCL?

Out@UCL is a staff social network and is a way for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) staff at UCL to get to know each other and take part in social events. The group was set up in July 2009 as some LGBT staff considered that, in an organisation as big as UCL, it was difficult to get to know people in other departments, especially other LGBT people.

What does the network do?

The group networks through lunches and evening events. There is also an email group for members to communicate virtually and share information about LGBT-related events, publications and news stories. Click here to view the flyer for the group.

Is this the same as the LGBT+ Equality Group?

No, the LGBT+ equality group is a policy group which meets every couple of months to discuss how to implement equalities legislation in the workplace and promote LGBT equality. Click here for more information.

How do I become a member?

If you would like to become a member of the network then send an introductory email to

News & Events

Out@UCL supports LGBTQ+ charities including Opening Doors London (ODL), the leading organisation for older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Londoners and the Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), an organisation that supports young LGBT 16-25 year olds who are made homeless or living in a hostile environment.


6 October, 6pm, Out@UCL staff LGBT+ network drinks
Join the Out@UCL staff LGBT+ network for the first social evening drinks of the new academic year. We'll be at the New Bloomsbury Set on Tuesday, 6 October from 6pm onwards, so drop in for a drink and say hi. The NBS is in the basement at 76 Marchmont Street (WC1N 1AG), under the Moreish Cafe.

Out to Lunch – termly lunches are hosted by the LGBT Equalities Champion Professor Anthony Smith. The next lunch will be Tuesday, 27th October from 12-2pm, drop in anytime between these hours. The event will take place in the Conference Room, Level 1, Bloomsbury Theatre Building, 15 Gordon Street WC1H 0AY. Please RSVP to Fiona at

“As the LBGTQ champion on the Provost’s Senior Management Team, I am looking forward to welcoming new and existing members of staff to the first Out@UCL lunch of the new academic year and I am keen to hear your thoughts and ideas about how UCL can best support staff. 
If you are not already a member of the informal Out@UCL network, are there things that could make this more useful to you? If you are a member, what else could the network and UCL do to support you better?” LGBT Equalities Champion Professor Anthony Smith


LGBT+ History month 2015

Queer Zoo An evening of performances, readings, interventions and provocations by artists and academics on naming and taxonomy, December 2014. Images from the event can be found here.

Diversity Month 2014

Diversity Month 2013

International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) - 17 May 2012

Video/audio clips:

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT): a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities, 17 May 2014

Freedom of expression is the international theme of this year's IDAHOBIT, set against a background of repression of freedom of expression for LGBT+ people through new laws, as in Russia and Uganda, and a climate of fear in others. Out@UCL, the UCL LGBT+ Staff Network, asked UCL staff and students: what does freedom of expression mean to you? Click on the link above to see their responses.

Watch 'Beefcake: gay men and the body beautiful' here:

Listen to 'Alan Turing, a broken heart, and the invention of the computer' here:



Last updated: 02nd October 2015