Structure and governance
We understand the importance of studying, working and living in a culture of inclusivity and acceptance, so you can thrive without barriers.
As a Stonewall Diversity Champion, we're dedicated to creating an inclusive workplace for all LGBTQ+ staff and extending the same values to all our students. We also sponsor Portsmouth Pride and the annual LGBTQ+ Film Festival run by Portsmouth Film Society.
Find out about the LGBTQ+ support, resources and activities available at the University, how we support the local community, links to local LGBTQ+ support services and groups, and read our reports and policies on equality and diversity, gender identity and expression, and dignity and respect.
LGBTQ+ support and resources at the University
The Students' Union LGBT+ society is a safe place for all students to have fun, make new friends, attend events, run campaigns and discuss current LGBT+ issues.
Resources for our students and staff, including short videos, policies and news covering all equality and diversity areas, including LGBTQ+ (login required).
We offer our students advice and free, confidential support for emotional wellbeing, mental health, and personal and emotional concerns. Our advisers are experienced in providing confidential support to students around issues of sex, gender, sexuality and sexual orientation.
The Students' Union hosts Pride Night in LGBT History Month. Pride Night is a celebration of the LGBT+ community, culture and history and is open to all students, staff and the local community. The party-style event features entertainment, performances and activities, hosted by a well known local Drag Queen.
Rainbow Laces is a campaign supported by Stonewall that encourages sports teams to welcome the LGBT+ community. As part of LGBT History Month, the Students' Union supplies sports clubs with Rainbow Laces, flags and other LGBT+ merchandise to show their support during the month, and during Varsity Cup against the University of Southampton.
An inclusive, supportive and welcoming community open to, and for, all LGBTQ+ members of staff at the University of Portsmouth to discuss work-related issues, abuse or microagressions.
Staff and student training
All students and staff can do the transgender e-learning package to better understand how to support gender diverse people. The package is provided by the Gender Identity Research & Education Society (GIRES).
We also provide Transgender Awareness training for staff as part of our learning and development training programme.
As part of our probationary training, all our staff are required to take part in the following equality and diversity training:
- Diversity and inclusion in Higher Education
- Unconscious bias awareness
- Anti-bullying and harassment
Supporting the local community
We sponsored the 8th Pride LGBTQ+ Film Festival again in 2021 to celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month in February.
As a University, we share Portsmouth Pride’s ethos of valuing equality and diversity. I’m delighted we can support a local event that showcases this ethos in our city and provides an opportunity for people to come together to celebrate, not only LGBTQ+ equality but respect and inclusion across all our communities.
Official policies and objectives
Explore policies and objectives that relate to LGBTQ+ equality at Portsmouth. Can't find what you're looking for? Search all our policies and standards or contact our Equality and Diversity team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reporting hate crime
Our Dignity and Respect policy asks all students and staff to take personal responsibility for reporting:
- any incidents where dignity and respect is not demonstrated
- incidents of bullying and harassment
- any form of discrimination that they are aware of
Report and Support tool
Staff and students can use the Report and Support tool to submit an anonymous report of bullying, harassment, assault or a hate crime, or an informal report to request an adviser.
If you witness or experience any experience of harassment, bullying, violence or discrimination at Portsmouth, you can submit an anonymous report or an informal report to request an adviser. We also have a formal complaints procedure for all staff and students.
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Portsmouth Pride image by Goble Photography.