Stonewall ranks Salford as a top gay-friendly university
Salford has scored 10 out of 10 in Stonewall’s Gay By Degree rankings of gay-friendly universities, one of only a handful of institutions in the UK to be awarded full marks.
The Gay By Degree guide helps prospective lesbian, gay and bisexual students find a university where they can feel comfortable to be themselves by listing the support available at each institution.
It uses ten criteria to identify how well universities support gay people, including whether they have a policy to tackle homophobic bullying, if there are societies and events for lesbian, gay and bisexual students, and whether gay staff are supported effectively.
The vote of confidence builds on Salford’s success in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers 2012, the definitive list of Britain’s most gay-friendly workplaces. The University achieved 21st place in the national rankings and was the second highest rated university.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Hall said: “Supporting all basic rights, for staff and students, is self-evidently important. Like all organisations, we still have a way to go. Recognition by Stonewall is a clear indication that we’re on the right track.”
Stonewall Head of Education Wes Streeting said: “Finding a good uni is challenging, and we’re delighted to be there to help people make their choice. This year we also hope current students use the guide as a way to encourage universities to improve what they’re doing to support gay people.”
For more information go to: www.gaybydegree.org.uk