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Stonewall - 22/06/21

Cardiff University's strength comes from its diverse community. Our commitment to our LGBTQ+ community is longstanding and non-negotiable. We are very proud of the work we have done to ensure that LGBTQ+ staff and students feel welcomed and valued, and recognise the role that Stonewall has played in the development of policies and practices that have helped to create the supportive environment that we appreciate so much.

Every single member of staff, and each student, is important to us and we remain absolutely committed to providing a safe, happy and academically stimulating experience for all.

Academic freedom is central to us. As a research-intensive university, we encourage respectful academic debate, and we recognise the right of individuals, within the law, to hold views that may not be shared by others. We are aware that content has been shared at an event and on social media that has made members of our community feel unsafe - let us be clear that this is entirely unacceptable.

We have received one letter regarding our relationship with Stonewall and we are aware of a second. We recognise the strength of feeling that this issue has provoked. Our equality, diversity and inclusion policy underlines our commitment to 'fostering good relations between different groups'. Over the summer, we will seek to engage in dialogue with our Enfys LGBTQ+ network, the signatories of the initial letter and with Stonewall, to recognise and understand the concerns of all concerned and, if possible, help to foster greater understanding between the different groups. While we know that we are unlikely to reach a position where all agree, we would welcome the opportunity to facilitate meaningful discussion and the opportunity to challenge perspectives respectfully.

In the meantime we are conscious that many of those involved may have found these events distressing, and some may feel vulnerable. All staff and students affected can be assured of our support: students can contact studentconnect@cardiff.ac.uk and staff can contact the Enfys network (enfys@cardiff.ac.uk) or the  Employee Assistance Programme, Care First. We acknowledge that these discussions are difficult, and would ask everybody concerned to do their utmost to support all members of our community.

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Response to Wales Online - 21/06/21

We are aware of both letters and we recognise the strength of feeling. These are detailed and considered letters, and we will be responding in due course.

Our strength as a university comes from our diverse community and whilst we actively encourage respectful academic debate our commitment to our LGBTQ+ community is longstanding and non-negotiable.

We remain a member of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Scheme. At the point of renewal in October 2021, as is standard procedure for all of our relationships, we will review our partnership and make a decision on our ongoing involvement in consultation with our academic and student community.