[Laura Slingo | News Editor]
Pride and Prejudice in Education is a report produced by NUS, the Equality Challenge Unit, the Learning and Work Institute, the Skills Funding Agency and the University and College Union and the Forum for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality. It calls on universities and colleges to provide good quality training and support for staff. It also recommends that institutions develop an inclusive curriculum, have zero tolerance for harassment of LGBT+ students and take action to prevent students dropping out due to discrimination.
The report into the treatment of LBGT+ students and staff has revealed that 60 per cent of respondents had witnessed a learner acting negatively towards people because of their sexual orientation at least once. One in 10 respondents saw or heard this behaviour every day.
In addition, 51 per cent of lesbian and gay students and 59 per cent of non-binary students had experienced homophobic or transphobic name-calling. Also, 17 per cent of staff respondents had experienced biphobic, homophobic or transphobic name-calling at work.
Robbiie Young and Fran Cowling, National Union of Students LGBT+ officers, said: “It is deeply concerning to see how widespread the bullying and harassment of LGBT+ students is. Every student should feel safe while at college or university […] NUS will be working with students’ unions to implement the recommendations in this report to create learning environments that are inclusive and welcoming for all LGBT+ students.”
UH proudly supported LGBT+ Awareness Month in February and is consistently endeavouring to support staff and students to ensure harassment and bullying, as mentioned in the report, is avoided.