At Warwick, many people are happy to bring their whole selves to their work and studies, and they know well that who they are is important to what they do in their lives. Being yourself allows you to be open with your peers and colleagues and form stronger relationships with those around you, regardless of your background or identity.
As a member of the LGBTUA+ community, Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Undefined, Asexual or otherwise, to feel uncertain of how your peers and seniors will react to your wider identity can be a daunting experience. Worrying about whether or not you can be out can have an impact on your wellbeing as well as your ability to be productive and efficient in your work or studies. For example, some will keep their sexual orientation or choice of partner private, resulting in more distant relationships with their colleagues or peers and a greater disconnection from their work life. This isn’t to say that all LGBTUA+ individuals must be out to be themselves, but a supportive environment for everyone is important.
This is why strong role models at Warwick are critical. They show the LGBTUA+ and wider community that having the confidence to be yourself and focusing on being the very best at what you do matters. By embracing our diversity we are stronger, and supporting the people around us ensures that everyone at Warwick can reach their full potential.
This guide tells the stories of a small group of LGBTUA+ persons made up of students, staff and alumni who have chosen to share their experiences of Warwick with you. Everyone deserves to to feel safe and supported in their work and studies, and this guide aims to demonstrate that you most certainly can at the University of Warwick.
Ross Jaggers, PhD student, Department of Chemistry
Warwick University is proud of its diverse community of staff and students and is committed to ensuring there is equality of opportunity for all, fostered in an environment of mutual respect and dignity. The Equality, Diversity & Inclusion team, strive to make Warwick a safe and productive environment for everyone and work to protect against many forms of discrimination, including that towards LGBTUA+ persons.
We understand that in order for us all to reach our full potential, we must be feel confident enough to bring our whole selves to our work or studies, not fearing discrimination or disadvantage based on who we are. Warwick is a diverse community, made up of many different people from many different backgrounds. By working with University management, departmental leaders and staff networks, we promote Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in every area of University life, so that all staff and students can succeed with us.
In collaboration with the LGBT staff and postgraduate network, we’ve celebrated LGBT History Month, promoted Gender Sexual Orientation workshops for staff offered by the University Counselling Service and delivered LGBT identity seminars, both to celebrate our LGBTUA+ community and foster good relations between those who share this protected characteristic and those who do not. We hope that Warwick is a safe and supportive place for our LGBTUA+ community and we will continue to ensure that this is the case.
Sandra Beaufoy and Claire Algar
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion team and non-LGBTUA+ Allies
Kate and Stuart, Chaplains at the University, spend much of their time listening and supporting both staff and students exploring their identities within the demanding space of academia. They can be found in the University’s Chaplaincy; a place where everyone on campus, whatever their beliefs, can find space to pause, reflect and be heard.
In fact, radical inclusivity, beyond politeness and rhetoric, is at the heart of both Stuart and Kate’s faith and ministries. Both Stuart and Kate affirm “we believe in a God that is inclusive, diverse and dynamic and who respects both the integrity and uniqueness of each person.” They delight in celebrating that diversity across our university community and are committed to the full and equal inclusion of the LGBT community in every aspect of life and faith.
You don’t need to be a Christian or even believe in God to meet with Stuart or Kate. They promise to respect your own faith position (or lack of), aiming to meet with each student and staff member in a way that is most appropriate and helpful. Kate and Stuart assert, “this isn’t about a new wishy washy- religiosity. This is about our taking seriously the call to follow the generous, confident, inclusive example of Jesus Christ”.
Reverend Kate Pearson and Reverend Dr. Stuart Jennings
University Chaplains and non-LGBTUA+ Allies
LGBT STAFF NETWORK- To find out more about the events and activities of the LGBT Staff Network
WARWICK PRIDE SOCIETY - To find out about the activities,
events and support provided by Warwick Pride, the University’s
LGBTUA+ student society.
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES - To find out about the support and welfare structure Warwick offers.
STUDENTS’ UNION ADVICE CENTRE - For information on the support that Warwick SU can provide. You can also contact the Welfare & Campaigns Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
WARWICK CHAPLAINCY - For more information about the support that Warwick Chaplaincy offers.
Nightline is open 9pm to 9am during Term Time Drop in anytime, or call either 02476-522-199 or 02476-417-668.
COVENTRY & WARWICKSHIRE FRIEND - An LGBT Charity that provides confidential information, advice & support, socials and befriending services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans (LGBT) people in Coventry & Warwickshire via it’s telephone helpline & support group.
STONEWALL UK - A national lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality charity that campaigns, provides support and runs events across Britain.