In 2006 a group of lesbian and gay employees formed the first Wolverhampton University LGBT staff group. The LGBT staff network group is a formal mechanism for enabling lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered employees to come together to share information and support. Research shows that it is a valuable workplace resource that can benefit the organisation, employees, customers, clients and students (Stonewall 2007).
Equality and diversity feature as a key element of the University Strategic Plan 2006-2012. The plan states that the University aims “through support for equality and diversity, to become known as a leader in the sector”. Active support and encouragement of this network, coupled with a meaningful engagement with its aims and objectives should enable the University to achieve its stated strategic aims.
Universities cannot lawfully permit any employee or student to discriminate, harass or victimise any employee or student because of their sexuality. Discrimination against transgender people is outlawed under the Sex Discrimination (Gender Reassignment) Regulations 1999.
The aim of the LGBT Staff Network is to offer expertise and experience in support of the development of inclusive university policies and practices.
The objective for the period 2007-2012 is to seek to establish the university within the top 100 places of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index.