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Experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff and students in higher education: research report 2009

An authoritative evidence base of the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff and students in higher education

Based on a survey of 4205 staff and students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, this report provides an authoritative evidence base of the actual – rather than perceived – experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) staff and students in higher education.

The report shows unequivocally that while higher education institutions provide a very positive space for many LGBT students, there is a real need for the sector to engage with this equality area and review how it provides support for, and addresses discrimination against, LGBT staff and students.

Commissioned by ECU, this unique research was carried out by Professor Gill Valentine and Dr Nichola Wood from the University of Leeds, and Professor Paul Plummer from the University of Calgary.

The report includes sections on:

  • LGBT students’ experiences of higher education
  • LGBT staff experiences of higher education
  • Teaching, learning and the curriculum
  • Monitoring for sexual orientation and trans identity
  • Representation, consultation, communication and training
  • Sexual orientation and faith
  • Making complaints
  • Implications for HEIs