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The University is a Stonewall Champion and took part in their Equality Index for the first time in 2014. We received good feedback and have since been dedicated to getting involved each year.

The Students' Union supports our LGBT+ Network. The LGBT+ Network influences productively proactive change within university policy. An Example being our continued involvement with the rainbow laces campaign (stonewall) which aims to tackle homophobia and biphobia in sports. 
If you define yourself as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans, part of the +, or if you are experiencing doubts or problems regarding your orientation and or gender identity you can speak to someone in the LGBT+ Network. They can be contacted through the Students' Union, or through email:

They also run regular socials every week and organise events throughout the year. Check out the Student’s Union website for upcoming events.

You can also talk to the Students' Union Advice Service or the University Counselling Service, based in the Student Enabling Centre, about anything to do with orientation and or gender.

If you experience or witness homophobic, Biphobic/erasure, or any form of LGBT+ harassment or bullying you can talk and as well as report it to your Tutor, Student Guidance Advisor or the Students' Union.


The following resources provide information and guidance about sexual orientation:

The City Central Library, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent has a collection of fiction and non-fiction books which focus on LGBT+ culture and history.

Local support

National support

  • Stonewall  - National campaigning and support group for LGB
  • Young Stonewall for under 21's
  • The Lesbian and Gay Foundation - A charity fighting for and supporting the LGB community
  • LGBT Consortium - consortium of voluntary and community organisations
  • FFLAG (Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) - supporting parents and their lesbian, gay and bisexual daughters and sons
  • Imaan LGBTQI - Muslim support group
  • BiMedia - Bisexual news and opinion
  • BiUK - the UK national organisation for bisexual research and activism
  • CACH - Chase Against Crimes of Hate
  • Victim Support - national body giving free and confidential help to victims of crime
  • NUS LGBT+ (National Union of Students) – Dedicated to proactively fighting for LGBT+ rights, ensuring that all identities are respected, challenging LGBT+ racism, ableism, sexism, etc.