LGBT+ students

We recognise the value of diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity within the University. We aim to create the conditions whereby students and staff are treated with dignity and respect and solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential. We are committed to a programme of action to ensure that this policy is fully effective.

University services

Students' Union LGBT and Friends Society

The University of Essex LGBT 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. Essex LGBT have well over one hundred members, associates, contributors and friends from a wide range of religious, racial and social backgrounds.

Buddy scheme

The SU LGBT and Friends Society has a buddy scheme specifically for LGBT students. Even if you are already involved in a departmental peer mentor scheme, you can still join the LGBT specialist scheme too.

Confidential advice and support

We offer a confidential service available via your Student Services Hub if you who wish to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe environment.

Discrimination and harassment

It is illegal for people to discriminate against you on the grounds of your protected characteristics, including race.

Contact the Police if you have witnessed or have been a victim of a hate crime.

You can report and get help if you feel that you're being discriminated against or harassed. You can also get confidential information and advice.

You can also find information and support about the University's equality and diversity policies that have been put in place to protect you.

Our It Gets Better video

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.

External services

  • Outhouse East, Supporting LGBT - a local help line, drop-in centre and coffee shop all rolled into one.
  • Imaan - supporting lesbian, gay and bisexual Muslims.
  • Gay Christians - supporting lesbian, gay and bisexual Christians.
  • The Gender Trust - supporting those affected by gender identity issues.
  • Survivor Project - addressing the needs of intersex and trans survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
  • Stonewall - campaigning to address the needs of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals in the wider community.
  • Trans Unite - a comprehensive resource for people searching for support in the transgender community.
Student Services Hub
Need help?

If you need any further help and advice, please contact or visit the Student Services Hub who will be happy to assist you.