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University joins forces with Stonewall

January 13 2017

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Wrexham Glyndwr University is the first HE institution in North Wales to become a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

The University further strengthened its support of LGBT staff and students by joining forces with the charity.

The move was backed by Wrexham Glyndwr Students’ Union.

A statement from the SU read: “Being affiliated with this LGBT charity creates a strong, positive bond with not just the current students of Wrexham Glyndwr University but also with its future students.

“Moving away from home is a big step in a young person’s life, and choosing a university to study at is even bigger. The level of support offered by an institution is a major factor for students when choosing where to study, especially for students who may have previously not been accepted or harassed at further education or the workplace.

“The fact that Wrexham Glyndwr University has signed up to become a Stonewall Diversity Champion represents the University’s view and stand on the inclusiveness of the LGBT community, promoting a safe and inclusive environment for all students that fall under this protected characteristic.”

Vice Chancellor, Professor Maria Hinfelaar, added: “We are delighted to have been named as a member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion programme, providing us with the opportunity to partner with an organisation who can help us to create an inclusive environment for all.”

The programme will enable the University to embed an inclusive and accepting culture within the organisation; establishing links with its lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans community and encouraging collaborative working.

The Stonewall Diversity Champion Programme is the UK’s leading best-practice employer’s forum for LGBT equality, diversity and inclusion. 

By navigating through a framework the programme will provide the University with support and guidance and development opportunities for staff, ensuring that they are fully equipped to support students.

“We’re looking forward to the opportunity to identify areas of improvement, leading to improved processes and ultimately an environment that embraces inclusivity and allows us to connect fully with all students, staff and visitors to the University,” added Professor Hinfelaar.

“As employers we want to attract staff from diverse backgrounds, who can bring a new perspective to our business, the programme is an excellent framework to help us to create a workplace that enables all existing and future staff to reach their potential.”

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