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Presentation recognises Stonewall achievements


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Leeds Beckett University has been presented with a certificate recognising its commitment to promoting the rights of lesbian, gay and bisexual staff and students.

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Leeds Beckett entered Stonewall’s nationally-recognised league table of gay-friendly employers at 51 last month and Vice Chancellor Professor Susan Price was presented with a certificate by Stonewall’s Group Manager Sarah Foster at a presentation ceremony at the University’s Headingley Campus.

Speaking about the award Professor Price said: “It’s a really great pleasure to welcome Sarah Foster and colleagues from Stonewall to celebrate our achievement of 51st position in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index. This has been our ambition for some time and I couldn’t be more thrilled and nor could my colleagues. It was our aim to enter the top 100 as soon as we could and the fact that we’ve received this recognition so soon is testament to and recognition of the commitment of colleagues and students across our University.”

Sarah Foster, Group Manager at Stonewall, added: “The Stonewall Top 100 employers list is the definitive list of the best places to work for lesbian, gay and bisexual people and we are delighted that this year Leeds Beckett profiled at 51 in the rankings.”

Whilst at the event, Professor Price also signed the No Bystanders Pledge – Stonewall’s campaign to tackle bullying and abuse.

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During February, events hosted at Leeds Beckett will celebrate LGBT History Month and a display of LGBT resources will be available to view in University libraries.

The Top 100 list is based on the results of Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2015, the eleventh published by the charity. The Index is based on a range of key indicators which include a confidential questionnaire of lesbian, gay and bisexual staff, with over 9,700 participants. This consistently revealed that employees from organisations ranked in Stonewall’s Top 100 exhibited higher levels of staff satisfaction and loyalty.

For further information on the Workplace Equality Index visit www.stonewall.org.uk/WEI2015  or follow the conversation on Twitter and Facebook using #WEI2015


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