Update: Stonewall Workplace Conference; staff survey; birthday party

Stonewall Workplace Conference – place available

Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2015

Staff Development have agreed to fund a place at the first ever Stonewall Workplace Conference located in Leeds, due to take place on Friday 11 September. More information, including the programme and videos of last year’s northern conference in Manchester, are available on the event page. If you’re interested in attending, contact Jo Thompson (j.thompson@yorksj.ac.uk).

Stonewall staff survey

We’re in the process of developing our submission to the next Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, with high hopes of replicating last year’s top 100 success! As part of this exercise, all staff (LGBT or not) are invited to give their views on the university’s commitment to equality and diversity. You can do this by completing the short survey using the university code 1751 by Friday 6 November.

Note that the survey is completely confidential and results will only be presented as averages to retain anonymity. For the question that asks about LGB experiences, take this as an umbrella term including pansexual, asexual, queer and anything else non-heterosexual.

Second birthday party

Karen Stanton

We’ll be holding our second birthday party at 16:00 on Tuesday 13 October and will be joined by the new Vice Chancellor Professor Karen Stanton.

The birthday party will be a time to look back at all our achievements so far, discuss ongoing work, air any issues, look to the future and elect a committee for year three! More details to follow nearer the time, but for now be sure to pencil it in your diaries!

New data monitoring page

A new equality data monitoring page has been developed to provide answers to frequently asked questions. The page outlines what data monitoring is, how and why it’s collected, who has access, the difference it can make and more. If you have any feedback, contact Marije (equalities@yorksj.ac.uk).

Ynda Jas

Founding Secretary of the LGBT Staff Network and former Equality Champion for Registry, where I was based in the Academic Quality Support team. Also founder of York LGBTQ+ History and Non-binary London, and DJ coordinator at Bar Wotever, an iconic weekly queer cabaret event. They/them.

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