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Stonewall Top 100 Employers

21 January 2019

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Cardiff University has risen to 11th place in Stonewall’s annual survey of the UK’s top 100 LGBT+ employers.

Up three places on last year (14th) the University continues its meteoric rise and retains its position as the UK’s highest ranked University.  

The Stonewall Top 100 Employers is an annual audit of workplace culture for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff and features the best performing employers on Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index.

Cardiff University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan said: “I am absolutely delighted we’ve risen to 11th place in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers survey.

The success is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of many members of staff from across the University and a visible statement to prospective and current staff and students that LGBT+ equality really matters.

Professor Colin RiordanCardiff University

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen Holford, who leads on equality, diversity and inclusion for the University, added: “Despite our excellent performance, we are not complacent. We continue to work hard to ensure all of our policies and practices are inclusive.  

“We have recently become a Stonewall Global Diversity Champion and are challenging ourselves to review the University’s international work and ensure that our international students and staff as well as LGBT+ staff and students who travel internationally are accepted without exception.

“Whilst it’s pleasing to see we’re so close to a top 10 position, wouldn’t it be fantastic if we could all work together and break in to the top 10 next year.”

The University also retained its Top Trans Employer status and Enfys, the University’s staff LGBT+ network, was recognised as a Highly Commended Network Group.

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Karen Cooke, who chairs Enfys, said: “To feature at number 11 in the Index out of 445 organisations who submitted this year is an achievement that everyone who wears their rainbow lanyard, puts up their Friend of Enfys sign, supports colleagues and students or is able to be themselves at work should be proud of.  

“I want to particularly thank our student LGBT+ officers and student LGBT+ community who we have the pleasure to work with and are as much a part of this success as our staff are.“

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