De Montfort University, a public research and teaching university in Leicester, has leapt almost a hundred places in Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index to 75th place, entering the list of Top 100 Employers for the first time. The Index is the UK’s definitive list of the most gay-friendly places to work. We talk to them about how they’ve achieved such progress in Diversity and Inclusion.
The simple answer is, ‘Why wouldn’t we?’. Under the leadership of Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard, De Montfort University has taken a positive stance on diversity. DMU is proud of its research and practical work including: dealing with homophobia in sport, health care issues and access for lesbian women, surrogacy arrangements and gay men who wish to have a family. The university also has excellent lesbian and gay role models among the governing body and the senior leadership teams. De Montfort is located in the multi-cultural city of Leicester, which has one of the few remaining LGBT centres in the county, who now support a partnership agreement with DMU. With sucha diverse workforce, student body and stakeholder group, it is really important to us that all of our students and staff feel that they are treated fairly and that we take account of diversity in the way we plan and deliver our services to them. It may seem a cliché but we do really believe that people perform better if that can be themselves.
How does De Montfort University support its LGBT staff?