The Department of Chemistry is committed to supporting staff and students who identify as LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer +) and creating an inclusive community where everyone can thrive. We are actively working to ensure LGBTQ+ staff and students feel comfortable and safe in the Department.
For example, A trans awareness presentation Trans 101 presentation (PDF , 587kb) was given to staff and guidance on the use of pronouns has been shared across the Department to inform staff and students on what pronouns are and how to use them: Personal Gender Pronouns (PDF , 712kb)
There is also an online anonymous suggestion box for staff - (there is a physical suggestion box located outside Room K167 for YSBL staff), to comment or make suggestions on how the Department can better support its LGBTQ+ staff and students.
The Library and Archives have created a fantastic resource. Their Your Library, Your Voice platform includes a growing range of reading lists on equality and diversity themes, including a list of resources focusing on LGBTQI+ issues.
The Equality and Diversity Group welcomed the positive results of a survey carried out among LGBTQ+ students about their experience of studying in the Department. Following on from this survey, and the Departmental Culture Survey carried out in 2016, possibilities for improving support and representation for LGBTQ+ students are being investigated.
If any students or staff in the Department have concerns specifically relating to LGBTQ+ issues, including personal difficulties, or any experiences of homophobia and/or transphobia, they can approach any of the following staff members, who either as LGBTQ+ individuals or allies, are happy to discuss any problems and take action where appropriate: Professor Duncan Bruce, Professor Kevin Cowtan, Dr Leonie Jones, Professor Peter O'Brien, Professor David Smith, Professor Jane Thomas-Oates, Professor Paul Walton and Dr Derek Wann