UCLan named one of top gay-friendly universities

29 September 2014

Rachel Atkinson

Received nine out of 10 stars in Gay By Degree 2015 survey

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been named among the country’s most gay friendly universities by Stonewall.

It has scored nine out of 10 in the Gay By Degree 2015 survey, which is the only online guide showing how gay-friendly the UK’s 158 universities are.

The guide measures each university against 10 criteria to show how well they support their gay students. The checklist includes whether the University has a policy to tackle homophobic bullying, whether there are societies and events for gay students and what steps they take to support gay staff.

A UCLan spokesperson said:

“We are very pleased to have performed so well in Stonewall’s Gay By Degree 2015 guide. It’s vitally important to us that all students and staff have positive experiences while studying and working with us.”

Hannah Kibirige, Stonewall Education Policy and Campaigns Officer, said: “There are a record number of university places available this year and prospective students who are lesbian, gay or bisexual will want to study where they will be supported and developed.

“It’s particularly concerning that only 35 universities are monitoring student’s sexual orientation leaving them no way of telling if they’re providing a positive experience for gay students. Universities also risk on missing out on a huge pool of talent with 8 in 10 failing to actively reach out to potential LGBT students or engage with the local community on LGB issues.

“We hope that this year’s findings prompt action by the higher education sector to consider the needs of all their students, regardless of sexual orientation.”