UCL secures a place in Stonewall’s Top 100 employers list
31 January 2018
UCL has been named as one of the UK’s best employers for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff in the Stonewall 2018 Top 100 Employers Index. UCL ranked 98th out of 434 participating organisations.
The inclusion of UCL in the Top 100 Employers Index is a major triumph for the institution, as it currently places UCL as the only UK university with an Athena SWAN Silver Award; a Bronze Race Equality Chartermark and a place in the Stonewall Top 100.
Professor Michael Arthur, UCL President & Provost, commented:
I am delighted with UCL’s progress within the Workplace Equality Index and proud that we have secured a place in the top 100 ranking this year. Our LGBTQ+ equality agenda goes from strength to strength.
During 2017 I was proud to officially launch our Friends of Out@UCL network which has given an increased inclusive visible presence across campus. Our senior leaders got behind the initiative by creating statements of support too. We took that visibility on to the streets of London in the summer as a group of LGBTQ+ staff and allies participated in London Pride. Our academic community contribute to our diverse and vibrant culture with many activities, discussions and events throughout the year – all of which enrich us as a UCL community.
Thank you to those who supported the submission by responding to the Stonewall staff questionnaire offering feedback on their own experiences at UCL.
Whilst this gives us cause for celebration, by no means is our work is done - far from it. We will work closely with the LGBT+ Students’ Network and qUCL, UCL’s LGBTQ+ research network, to ensure we keep LGBTQ+ equality on the agenda. We know there are still areas we need to make specific progress on.
We call on the entire UCL community to help us in our mission of making UCL a tolerant and inclusive community for all students, staff and visitors – this can be as simple as putting up a Friend of Out@UCL sticker on your notice board or laptop, signing up for one of our Friends of Out@UCL ally training sessions or marching with us at London Pride on 07 July! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get your sticker, sign up for a session or register your interest in marching with us!
Fiona McClement, Acting Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at UCL, added:
Teresa Williams in the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team did a magnificent job in pulling together the submission and undertaking all of the related activity to get UCL in to the Top 100. This was a great achievement and Teresa should be specially commended for all of her hard work.
Sandy Kutty and Anne Moore Professor Anthony Smith
Co-chairs of UCL LGBTQ+ Advisory Group UCL LGBTQ+ Champion