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University of Sussex joins Stonewall Diversity Champions programme

The University of Sussex is actively promoting equality on campus by becoming a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

By joining the LGBT charity’s programme, the University hopes to create an inclusive and accepting campus environment for all students, staff and visitors.

This builds on a Sussex tradition of pioneering work in this area: 30 years ago the University established the Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence and it has supported student LGBT+ societies since the 1970s.

More recently it initiated an internal LGBT+ Staff Network and a university-level trans advocacy role. The University sponsors Pride Brighton & Hove (which takes place this weekend, 4-5 August) and the annual Brighton Trans, Non-Binary and Intersex Conference.

Over the past year the University has continued to raise the profile and awareness of trans and non-binary identity and expression at Sussex. This will continue to be a priority focus under the leadership of the University’s Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Diversity and Equality), Claire Annesley,  who recently outlined the University’s commitment to its trans students and staff.

Stonewall work with more than 750 organisations across the public and private sectors, with Sussex adding to a growing list of universities that are putting diversity at the heart of their agendas.