UCL Urban Laboratory


Urban Laboratory research contributes to UCL placing on Stonewall's Top 100 employers list

12 July 2018

Staff and students from UCL marching at Pride in London on 7 July 2018

UCL Urban Laboratory's research on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) nightlife spaces in London, led by Dr Ben Campkin and Laura Marshall, has contributed to UCL's successful placing on the 2018 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index of Britain's top 100 LGBT-inclusive employers.

UCL was named as one of the UK's best employers for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff in the Index published earlier this year, ranking 98th out of 434 participating organisations.

Although the Stonewall Workplace Index mainly focusses on employment issues, additional material is submitted by organisations to highlight community collaboration, outreach and engagement. UCL Urban Laboratory's ongoing research on the nightlife spaces important to London's LGBTQ communities was highlighted in the university's submission to Stonewall and made a significant contribution to the section score, with feedback pointing out the strength of our research collaboration with LGBTQ+ community groups Raze Collective and the Queer Spaces Network.

UCL's Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Office said: "The Urban Lab research is a great example of UCL collaborating with other organisations to promote LGBTQ+ equality which deliver real impact."

UCL Urban Laboratory has also acted as a close partner in the setting up of a cross-institution LGBTQ, gender and sexuality studies research network, qUCL, which was launched with a joint event in 2014 - the Queer Zoo.

The Stonewall Top 100 Employers are the best performing employers on Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index 2018, an annual audit of workplace culture for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff. The Workplace Equality Index is free to enter for any employer.

UCL Urban Laboratory will launch a new edition of its Urban Pamphleteer series on 14 July 2018, with the issue gathering a number of perspectives, provocations and vignettes on London's LGBTQ+ night-time spaces, past, present and future, with a focus on the different tactics being used to queer night-space. You can join us for the launch at the Museum of London by registering on Eventbrite.

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Image: Staff and students from UCL marching at Pride in London on 7 July 2018