UWE sponsors Pride Bristol

Issue date: 08 July 2010

Pride Bristol The University of the West of England is sponsoring Pride Bristol 2010 on 21 August. The event will celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community across the South West in the spirit of diversity.

Pride Bristol 2010 culminates in a free one day festival at Castle Park on Saturday 21 August following a week of diverse cultural events from 14 August – 22 August. UWE has a stall in the Community Tent at the event on 21 August.

UWE's Equality and Diversity Champion, Professor Ron Ritchie, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Partnerships, Diversity and Civic Engagement, said, “UWE is committed to becoming an inclusive University, as we see this benefitting all students and staff. Supporting Pride Bristol and its celebration of diversity is, for us, an important contribution to that aspiration.”

UWE's strong commitment to LGBT equality has been strengthened by joining the Stonewall Diversity Champion programme and the university has been working closely with Stonewall and stakeholders to develop an LGBT equality action plan.

Recently, UWE was rated as one of the top seven most LGB friendly universities for students, scoring 9 out of 10, in Stonewall University Guide.

Luke Tryl of Stonewall said “It is great to see UWE is doing a lot for LGB students and I hope some of the best practices can be shared by other institutions.” For more information on Stonewall University Guide, visit www.gaybydegree.org.uk

For more information www.pridebristol.com

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