We understand the importance of studying, working and living in a culture of inclusivity and acceptance, so you can thrive without barriers.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Non-Binary students and staff, as well as those who identify as Queer, or are questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity, are important in our strong and supportive community.

We’re proud to be a Stonewall Diversity Champion and are working hard to promote an LGBTQIA+ inclusive workplace for all staff, and across all aspects of university life.

You can find out more about our dedicated LGBTQIA+ support networks, initiatives, as well as a calendar of events and opportunities throughout the year.

64% of staff disclosed information about sexual orientation compared to sector rate of 52%

Stonewall Diversity Champion

We’ve been a member of Stonewall for over 10 years, reinforcing our belief that a workplace welcomes, respects and represents LGBTQIA+ employees.

Being a champion is part of a wider commitment to LGBTQIA+ staff and students. Ensuring we provide an environment that is supportive and helps every individual reach their full potential.

We have a range of policies and resources to support inclusion across our work, and we also actively support our staff and student LGBTQIA+ networks.

Pride Canterbury Sponsorship

We’ve been a proud sponsor and supporter of Pride Canterbury for a number of years. Pride Canterbury is a wonderful celebration of LGBTQIA+ identity in the vibrant city of Canterbury.

Over the years, the University and Students’ Union have marched under our banner ‘United in Pride’ and supported the event with stalls and facilities for Pride Canterbury Planners volunteers training.

Our sponsorship of Pride Canterbury grows stronger every year and brings the whole community together to celebrate diversity and respect.

LGBTQIA+ History Month and Beyond

Over the years we’ve hosted a number of thought-provoking and celebratory events for LBGTQIA+ history Month and beyond.

Notable speakers have included Opoku-Gyimah (known as Lady Phyll) co-founder of UK Black Pride, Christine Burns MBE, known for Press for Change and the author of Trans Britain, Ian Elmslie one half of the duo Katrina and the Boy, and Ruth Hunt former CEO of Stonewall.

Join the events planned this LGBT+ History Month and beyond

LGBTQIA+ Community and Networks

CCCq is our staff LGBTQIA+ network, created in 2011. The network is an inclusive, supportive and welcoming community to all LGBTQIA+ members of staff as well as LGBTQIA+ allies. CCCq has actively shaped the University’s policy and practice in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity.

Our student LGBTQIA+ society is also an active part of our University community. The society provides a safe place for all students to have fun, make new friends, attend events, run awareness campaigns and discuss current LGBTQIA+ issues.

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