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Advancing equality and diversity in universities and colleges

Lesbian, gay and bisexual people

HEIs can make a significant difference to the lives of their lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) staff and students by adopting a clear approach to LGB equality and providing appropriate support.

Social attitudes to sexual orientation have changed significantly over the last few decades in the UK; however, many lesbian, gay and bisexual people still face discrimination, harassment and isolation. This section presents an overview of how

Research undertaken by ECU in 2009, which collected evidence from 4205 members of staff and students from higher education institutions in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, found that a significant number of LGB people in HE felt that there was room for improvement in the approach their institutions took to LGB equality.