UCL Earth Sciences is committed to creating a welcoming environment in the department for all LGBTQIA+ students and staff. Key contact: Dr Sebastian Groh: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our main facilities at UCL, the Kathleen Lonsdale Building, also feature a genderneutral toilet on the third floor. We are in the process of setting up a network that will meet once a term for coffee and cake and other social events. The network will report directly to the EDI Committee.
Key UCL Contacts and Sources of Information
In 2018, UCL was named one of the UK’s best employers for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff in the Stonewall 2018 Top 100 Employers Index. UCL has an active LGBTQIA+ Equalities Action Group (LEAG) and an LGBTQIA+ staff social network (Out@UCL; Twitter: @uclout) which meets at least twice a term and sponsors a variety of events, including annual trips to London Pride, Black Pride and Trans Pride. Staff at UCL can become a Friend of Out@UCL, and UCL provides training for staff to become LGBTQIA+ allies. More information on UCL supporting trans and non-binary staff in the work place can be found here.
There is also an active research network called qUCL, a university-wide initiative that brings together UCL staff and students with research and teaching interests in LGBTQ studies, gender and sexuality studies, queer theory and related fields.
The support and wellbeing service offers support to LGBTQIA+ students. On their website you can find information on transitioning gender, the UCL Policy and Guidance for Students transitioning Gender and details of external support for the transgender community, especially in London. The LGBT+ Students’ Network is here to support you in your study and work, to provide you with social activities, as well as to campaign on your behalf and raise awareness of your issues. The current LGBTQIA+ Officer is Xuyi Wang, and Trans Officer is Sasha/Max Tscheltzoff.
A very useful resource page for those wishing to seek advice on a range of LGBTQ+ issues, including health, mental health and well-being, can be found here.