We want everyone to feel welcome and included at Essex. We support our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender plus community members, including those who may define themselves as queer, intersex, asexual, demisexual, non-binary, gender fluid, pansexual, polyamorous, questioning and others.
Diversity and equality of opportunity are valued at the University, so we work to make sure our students and staff are treated with dignity and respect, and solely on their merits, abilities and potential. We have a programme of action to make sure this happens.
The University of Essex LGBTQ+ Society is one of the biggest and best in the UK. Winners of the 2008 NUS LGBT Award for Most Inclusive LGBT Union, and winners in 2010 Best Society Award.
The LGBTQ+ Society have well over one hundred members, associates, contributors and friends from a wide range of religious, racial and social backgrounds.
The society also have LGBTQ+ Officers and Trans Officers across our campuses. Their role is to represent LGBQ+ and Trans students to the University and Students Union, campaign on the issues students care about to bring about positive change on campus, and plan events to bring people in the community together through education, discussion, friendship and fun. They work to ensure all LGBQ+ students are supported to have the best possible university experience!
Whatever your concerns are, no matter how long you've had them or whether or not you know the cause, we can provide you with support. We understand you may feel anxious, but whatever is discussed, it will be treated with respect.
Our Student Services Hub provides a range of support services for anyone who may be struggling with their mental and emotional health, this includes a confidential counselling service if you would like to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe environment.
It is illegal for people to discriminate against you on the grounds of your protected characteristics, which includes gender reassignment, sex and sexual orientation.
At the University we have a zero tolerance approach to sexual violence, harassment and hate crime. Use our Report and Support website to report an incident anonymously or to be be put in touch with our wellbeing team. Ask us to take action and we will. You should also contact the Police if you have witnessed or have been a victim of a hate crime.
You can find our more about the University's equality and diversity policies that have been put in place to protect you.
The University wants to raise awareness of some of the issues faced by LGBT+ people. Our video for the 'It Gets Better' initiative aims to empower and inspire the changes needed to make it better for LGBT+ people. Six members of our University tell us their story.
We have published the results of the Reindorf Review that was commissioned to investigate the cancellation of two events. Take a look at the Vice-Chancellor's blog as he considers some of the difficult issues raised and as well as our commitment to our trans and non-binary students and staff.
We know that some of our trans and non-binary community and their allies have been affected by the issues raised in the review. Academic Registrar outlines the support available to our students.
If you need any further help and advice, please contact or visit the Student Services Hub who will be happy to assist you.