Congratulations to Claire Algar
Stonewall's Ally of the Year for the West Midlands
Claire (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer) is a staunch LGBTUA+ ally and has been proactive in supporting the Warwick LGBTUA+ community. Attending LGBTUA+ Taskforce meetings and undertaking all the logistical arrangements to ensure that meetings take place regularly and that the agenda is relevant. Claire has been quick to identify best practice and to replicate/improve it for Warwick, also attending many external events such as:
- Transnational webinar (Safe Overseas Travel)
- Wolverhampton Stonewall meeting
- London planning meeting for the LGBTUA+ Network of Networks and hosting a regional meeting here at Warwick – (Claire is also now the national ally representative on this group)
- London – Launch of Network of Networks
- Wolverhampton – Conference
- London - Stonewall Conferences
- ECU/Gendered Intelligence Training
- Eversheds London - Gender Identity and Intersex
- Plus external training sessions on LGBTUA+ issues
Claire has also delivered presentations and training to Warwick staff to raise awareness on LGBTUA+ issues, often around gendered language, terminology etc, and may also support individuals who wish to transition.
Because of all of the sterling work with the LGBTUA+ community, Sandra Beaufoy (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager) nominated Claire to Stonewall (which is a national advisory organisation on LGBTUA+ issues) for an award of ‘Ally of the Year for the West Midlands’, and we are delighted to say that Claire was selected to receive this award, which recognises her commitment and dedication to supporting people who identify as LGBTUA+.
Well done Claire, and thank you for all of your hard work.
Warwick is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and has submitted to the Workplace Equality Index for the last few years. We have risen 181 places in the last two years and aspire to be in the top 100, which would demonstrate our commitment to the LGBT 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 163 out of the 434 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.”
So what is the Index?
The Workplace Equality Index is the definitive benchmarking tool which allows us to measure our progress on lesbian, gay, bi and trans inclusion at Warwick. The annual submission, every September, allows us to evidence and report on Warwick’s achievements and progress on LGBTUA+ Equality.
The ten areas that we have to report on are:
- Policies and Benefits
- Employee Lifestyle
- LGBTUA+ Employee Network Group
- Allies and Role Models
- Senior Leadership
- Community Engagement
- Clients, Customers and Service Users
- Additional Work
Initiatives during 2016/17
During 2016/17 we undertook many initiatives to underpin the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index work:
- Scrutinized all HR policies to ensure the language was gender neutral and did not discriminate against any individual or groups of individuals due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Introduced the LGBTUA+ Taskforce, which is facilitated by the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion co-ordinator and co-chaired by one Academic member of staff and one Professional Services staff. Representatives from Pride, the Students’ Union and Trans officer also attend and one of the co-chair's provides a verbal update to the Provost at the Equality and Diversity Committee
- Launched the LGBTUA+ Supporter programme in September 2017, which already has 132 supporters
- Produced a Trans Awareness Guide
- Produced a Safe Overseas Travel Guide for staff who identify with one or more Protected Characteristics
- Introduced an E,D&I Newsletter with a regular focus on LGBTUA+ terminology, news and events etc
- Spearheaded extensive works across campus to re-sign all gendered single occupancy toilets to be labelled simply as ‘toilet'.
During the next 12 months we will continue to focus on areas for improvements, working with our Stonewall account manager, to identify these. In addition, the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion co-ordinator has been elected as Ally for the National Network of Network Groups, enabling us to work collaboratively with other HEI's to share best practise and work on joint initiatives.
For further information on the Workplace Equality Index take a look at the Stonewall webpages.