UWE Bristol placed as second University in Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2014

Issue date: 16 January 2014

Bristol Pride

UWE Bristol again performs well in the Top 100 annual Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index. Out of the hundreds of employers surveyed, UWE Bristol climbed 10 places to 35th place from 45th position in 2014.

The Top 100 list is based on the results of Stonewall's Workplace Equality 2014, the tenth published by the charity. The Index is based on a range of key indicators which include a confidential questionnaire of lesbian, gay and bisexual staff, with over 9,700 participants. This consistently revealed that employees from organisations ranked in Stonewall's Top 100 exhibited higher levels of staff satisfaction and loyalty.

Pro Vice-Chancellor and UWE Bristol Diversity Champion, Professor Ron Ritchie said, “We are delighted to have made year-on-year progress in the prestigious Stonewall Workplace index and to now find ourselves so high up and the 2nd university in the list. We celebrate the diversity of our workforce and know it helps make the University a creative, dynamic, inclusive and innovative institution. Supporting the LGBT agenda in a variety of ways is important to us. A lot of the credit must go to those at UWE Bristol that work hard to make it such a welcoming and inclusive place through initiatives like staff and student networks. We are particularly pleased to perform so well alongside Bristol City Council, which reinforces the inclusivity of two major organisations in the City. ”

UWE Bristol first submitted an entry to Stonewall in 2010. Great progress has been made in the past four years: the University was placed at 192 in the 2010 index rising to 77th place in 2012 and improving by a further 30 places in 2013.

UWE Bristol's staff network has also been recognised as a 'Star Performer Network' by Stonewall.

Marcus Keppel-Palmer (Chair of the UWE Bristol Staff LGBT Network) said, “UWE Bristol is an inclusive workplace and LGBT staff feel supported. UWE Bristol actively promotes LGBT events such as Bristol Pride and LGBT History Month, and we are proud to have organised the first UWE Bristol LGBT Conference on Youth Issues in 2013. Stonewall's recognition will enable the Staff Network to continue this visible and valuable activity.”

Gentoo was named top employer, announced at a ceremony hosted by Tate Britain, the first museum to appear in the Workplace Equality Index.

Ben Summerskill, Stonewall Chief Executive concludes, “Gentoo and every single employer in the Top 100 has performed remarkably this year as competition for a place on the list of gay-friendly employers has never been fiercer. This commitment from organisations - across 38 different industries - is changing the face of workplaces for the better for all staff - regardless of their sexual orientation.”

The full 2014 Workplace Equality Index is available from the Stonewall website.

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