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Stonewall UK Workplace Equality Index

The Stonewall UK Workplace Equality Index is the definitive benchmarking tool for employers to measure their progress on lesbian, gay, bi and trans inclusion in the workplace.

Warwick is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and has submitted to the UK Workplace Equality Index for a number of years. Over the last three years Warwick has risen 220 places demonstrating our commitment to the LGBTQUA+ community and that we are an inclusive place to work, study and visit.

In the 2020 Index, we ranked 123 out of 500 (our rank in 2019 was 162 out of 445).

Below you will find information on:

If you'd like to learn more about the University's work in this area and can't find what you need here, contact us and let us know.


Key Areas

The areas that we have to report on are:

  1. Policies and Benefits.
  2. Employee Lifestyle.
  3. LGBTQUA+ Employee Network Group.
  4. Empowering Individuals.
  5. Leadership.
  6. Monitoring.
  7. Supply Chains.
  8. External Engagement and Service Delivery.


Self-Assessment Team

We have established a Self-Assessment Team to develop and deliver an action plan, informed by Stonewall’s feedback on our submission, and help gather evidence of good practice across the University.

If you'd like to learn more about the work of the Stonewall SAT, contact us and let us know.


Warwick's Submissions

Warwick is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and has submitted to the Workplace Equality Index for a number of years.

We have risen 220 places in the last two years and aspire to be in the top 100, which would demonstrate our commitment to the LGBTQUA+ community and showcase Warwick as an inclusive place to work and study. In the 2017 submission we have had a 60 place increase which brings us to 162 out of the 445 organisations who made a submission. Provost Chris Ennew said:

"This is a great achievement in an exceptionally competitive list. Congratulations to all those involved. We will continue to work to ensure that we provide an inclusive, welcoming and dynamic environment for all staff, with a clear aspiration to join the top 100 in the future.”



Many initiatives have been undertaken to underpin the work towards the Index, including:

  • Scrutinized all HR policies to ensure the language is gender neutral and does not discriminate against any individual or groups of individuals due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Introduced the Rainbow Taskforce, which is co-chaired by one Academic staff member, one Professional Services staff member, and one student representative. Representatives from Warwick Students' Union (SU), the SU Pride Society, and the SU's Trans and LGBTQUA+ Officers also attend. Co-Chairs provide a verbal update to the Provost at the Social Inclusion Committee.
  • Relaunch of the Rainbow Allies Programme in May 2021.
  • Worked with HR to include a inclusive statement to prospective staff to enable staff to provide the pronoun and preferred name prior to interview.
  • Established a LGBTQUA+ Events Group.
  • Produced the LGBTQUA+ Getting Started Resource.
  • Worked closely with the SU to produce a Trans Web Portal hosted on the ED&I webpages.
  • Developed the Pronouns: Let’s Get it Right campaign.
  • Spearheaded extensive works across campus to re-sign all gendered single occupancy toilets to be labelled simply as ‘toilet'.

Read more about the work we do on LGBTQUA+ equality on the LGBTQUA+ Initiatives webpage.

You may also be interested in:

ED&I Newsletter

Training and Learning

LGBTQUA+ Initiatives

Taskforces and SIC - including Rainbow Taskforce

Staff Networks - including LGBTQUA+ Networks

Policies - including Trans and Gender Reassignment Policy

Events - including LGBTQUA+ History Month