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Stonewall Leadership Programmes – apply for funding now!

To support the University’s commitment to promoting staff engagement in developing knowledge, expertise and skills irrespective of role and career stage, we are funding two places on each of Stonewall’s two LGBT* leadership programmes:

Stonewall Young Leaders Programme 2017-18

We are looking for a diverse range of LGBT* staff of 18-25 years of age including those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and people who consider themselves to have a disability.

Stonewall Two-Day Leadership Programme 2017-18

We are looking for a diverse range of senior level LGBT* staff including those from ethnic backgrounds, people of faith, disabled people, women and non-binary people and those at the intersections of these identities.

Further information on application criteria, including the University’s application form, can be found on the links above. The deadline for all applications is 5pm on Friday 1 September 2017.

If you are successful in the University’s application process, you will then go forward to take part in Stonewall’s highly-competitive application process where you will be required to complete their online application with our support. If you are shortlisted to take your application further, you will be required to provide an up-to-date CV. Places on the programme are therefore not guaranteed.

Online course

Our online course, which is hosted on Moodle, consists of two Modules:

Module 1 - Equality and Diversity Essentials

This module is aimed at all staff and introduces the basic concepts of equal opportunities and diversity in relation to all the protected characteristics, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, disability, etc., and provides an overview of the main legislation and its implications.

This module is compulsory for all staff. New staff should complete the module within the first six months of joining the University. Each department/section has an Equality and Diversity Course Administrator who is responsible for providing access and monitoring completion for all staff in their area.Please contact the administrator in your Department/Section for full instructions on how to access the course.

Equality and Diversity training for students

Please note that Graduate Teaching Assistants, Residents’ Assistants, Frontrunners, Health and Human Science students all have to complete Module 1 of the Equality and Diversity training. It will also shortly be ‘rolled out’ to Bioscience students.

The University is currently working to facilitate the provision of Equality and Diversity online training for all students

Module 2 - Managing Diversity

This module will be mandatory for all managers and supervisors in the coming year and looks at how you can comply with legislation and manage diverse teams effectively.

Note to all managers/HODs/HOSs

Completion of Module 1 of this course usually takes between 90 minutes and two hours and staff should be given the time to complete this whilst at work. Equality and Diversity can provide face-to-face training for staff who do not have regular access to a computer at work. Please contact Karen Stephenson, Equality and Diversity Assistant (email, ext 3507) to arrange this for staff in your area if required.

Please also encourage staff in your area who have supervisory or management responsibilities to complete Module 2 of this course.

Briefings on specific issues

Equality and Diversity have two specialist DVDs available for loan. Please contact if you would like to borrow either one:

  • Visibility Matters: Celebrating the 'L' in LGBT
  • Visibility Matters: Talking Transgender

LGBT+ Toolkit

Rather than considering LGBT+ inclusion only as part of the academic curriculum, we decided to take a more holistic approach to teaching and learning that includes both formal learning events (such classes, reading lists, assignments and feedback) and informal ones that happen within or outside the classroom. We believe that learning is not limited to course content but to the whole experience of being a member of the University.

  • May 2017

    LGBT+ tookit

    Adobe PDF File

    This toolkit is aimed at promoting LGBT+ inclusivity in our teaching and learning practices as
    well as within our internal and external community. (Essex users only)

For all other Equality and Diversity training please check the Learning and Development Events Calendar or email