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LGBTQ+ Equality Implementation Group (LEIG)

Information on the terms of reference, news and updates, and minutes of past meetings for the LGBTQ+ Equality Implementation Group (LEIG)

Overview of the Group

The LGBTQ+ Equality Implementation Group (LEIG) has been created to further enable UCL to understand and support the concerns and priorities of our members of the LGBTQ+ community. The LEIG operates as a task and finish group, projected to conclude by the end of November 2023.

The purpose of the LEIG is to identify and develop a set of actions and an implementation plan that will tackle inequality, marginalisation and discrimination experienced by LGBTQ+ staff and students at UCL, with particular attention given to trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming members of our community.

The LEIG reports directly to UCL’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee, and via that to UCL’s University Management Committee (UMC). As a time-limited group, the LEIG will complement the ongoing work of the LGBTQ+ Equality Steering Group (LESG).
Membership includes the LGBTQ+ Equality Envoy, the UMC LGBTQ+ Champion, the EDI LGBTQ+ lead, existing members of LESG together with representation from the UCL Trans Network, the Student Union, academic staff with expertise in LGBTQ+ studies and professional services staff.

The Implementation Group will:

  1. Review data and other information on the profile of LGBTQ+ staff and students at UCL to inform the work of the group. 
  2. Review what is known about the experiences of LGBTQ+ staff and students at UCL.
  3. Review UCL’s current work on LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion, including drawing on the institutional Silver Athena SWAN submission and action plan: Athena SWAN at UCL | Office of the President and Provost
  4. Review and record the inclusion work and implementation of best practice undertaken by LESG to date.
  5. Analyse and identify areas of inequality and under-representation within the LGBTQ+ umbrella, and options to redress these.
  6. Review best practice in advancing LGBTQ+ equality, inside and outside HE
  7. Develop an action plan, which includes interventions and targets that are considered necessary to strengthen and enhance UCL’s work on LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion, in dialogue with LESG.
  8. Consider the structures and resources needed to ensure follow through and consistent delivery of the programme over time and across the whole institution
  9. Ensure LEIG’s work is evidenced-based and seeks to support UCL in meeting its duty to foster good relations and ensure accuracy in the information on issues of LGBTQ+ equality that is published and used to influence UCL policy alongside its other statutory duties.

Full Terms of Reference

For more information about membership and expectations of members, the group activities, and the responsibilities of the co-chairs and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team in supporting the group, please see the Terms of Reference


LEIG Fund

To help carry out its aims, the LGBTQ+ Equality Implementation Group has been allocated funding that can be awarded to proposals for LGBTQ+ inclusion activities and local institutional research that will support UCL to understand and support the concerns and priorities of members of the LGBTQ+ community.  

Both staff and students are eligible to apply.  Applicants are not required to identify as a member of the LGTBQ+ community, however their proposal must have a clear aim that aligns to and contributes to the visions outlined in the LEIG’s Terms of Reference, particularly work that supports trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming members of UCL.  

Student Applications
You are encouraged to contact Jayne Flowers (su.equity-inclusion-unit@ucl.ac.uk) in the Students’ Union for support in the application process to ensure all the required information is provided before the application is assessed by the LEIG. 

Any successful allocation of funds to students will be allocated to the Students’ Union, who will forward it on accordingly.  Submissions from SU Groups (clubs, socs, reps and networks) will be considered providing the details of a student lead are provided for ease of contact.

All Applications must detail how the positive impact of proposed activity will be measured, as well as any formal reporting mechanisms that will be in place.  Additionally, the LEIG will assess and consider proposals that support one or more of the three following priorities: 

  • Intersectional activities / projects that address LGBTQ+ equity challenges in new ways. 
  • Cross-departmental activities / projects 
  • Activities / projects to 'level up' and ensure that good practice is celebrated and replicated across UCL. 

Applications must be received by:

  • Round one: 16 December 2022
  • Round two: 31 March 2023

It is strongly advised that where possible you apply in round one as an update on uptake must be provided before the end of January 2023.  Points to note:

  • Additional rounds may be added, dependant on interest and available funds.
  • It is possible to apply in multiple rounds however the panel will be looking for continued visible impact.
  • Successful applicants will be asked by the LEIG to produce a short impact report to be circulated to the wider UCL community via the EDI newsletter. 

If you have any questions or need further guidance in making an application, please contact LEIG@ucl.ac.uk  
 
Please note that the LEIG fund is specifically for LGBTQ+ inclusion activities and local institutional research. Students experiencing financial hardship are advised to seek alternative assistance listed on the UCL Financial Assistance Funds webpage.  

Students seeking financial assistance to purchase gender affirming products and support should access the Gender Expression Fund


News and Updates

The group meets every two months. Further updates will be available on this page in due course.


Minutes of previous meetings

 

 


 

If you have any questions about the content of the minutes, please contact the EDI Team -equalities@ucl.ac.uk