University shows its true colours at Pride

Staff and students showcase University’s highly commended support at city’s annual LGBT+ festival.

Up to 10,000 people turned out on Victoria Park on 1 September to celebrate the contribution of the LGBT+ community to the life of the city of Leicester.

Leicester’s own annual LGBT+ festival, Leicester Pride, celebrates equality and diversity in our community.

The University had an increased presence at Leicester Pride this year, with a vibrant stand within the Wellbeing Tent with the Leicester LGBT Centre. Staff and students who were there had lots of fun meeting and greeting revellers throughout the day, with lots of information handed out about the University, the LGBT+ Staff Forum and the LGBT+ Student Society.

Manish Maisuria, Co-Chair of the LGBT+ Staff Equality Forum, said: “Pride is an important event in the LGBT+ Calendar, and it was fantastic to see so much support from all involved. We had positive feedback about our stand, and the information we had on our available support systems. It was brilliant to see so many people stopping by, conversing and cleaning out all of the freebies on offer!

“As Co-Chair of the Staff Forum, it is great to see the University standing by its ongoing support to the LGBT+ agenda, and show its inclusivity for staff and students across the institution.”

This year, the rainbow flag was flown above our Fielding Johnson Building, displayed proudly on our social media accounts and the homepage of our website, and on the TV information screens installed in buildings and departments across campus.

This year the University was ranked 44th in the country in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers list and its LGBT staff network group has also been listed by Stonewall as one of the Highly Commended Network Groups 2018.