We’re always proud of our city, but this week is extra special as it’s been revealed that Manchester Metropolitan University has been named in the UK’s most inclusive employers for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff.
The University is ranked 22nd overall in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers list published this week – and for the first time it has been awarded Top Trans Inclusive Employer status.
It is the third consecutive year the University has featured in the Top 100, which requires employers to demonstrate LGBT expertise in a range of employment areas.
The Top 100 features the best performing employers from Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2019, an annual audit of lesbian, gay, bi and trans inclusion by employers across workplaces, services and communities.
Professor Jean-Noel Ezingeard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan, says:
“We are incredibly proud to once again feature as a Stonewall Top 100 employer, demonstrating our commitment to creating an open and inclusive University for all staff and students.
“The University is a wonderfully vibrant place to work and study. We will continue to celebrate and support the diversity we see at Manchester Metropolitan and across the wider city.”
The Workplace Equality Index is voluntary and free to enter for any employer and all of the Top 100 are members of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme which helps employers to embed LGBT inclusion across their workplaces, in their services and with the communities they are part of.
What do you have to do?
Basically, you need to show your expertise in 10 areas of employment policy and practice, including networking groups, senior leadership, procurement and how well you’ve engaged with LGBT communities.
Darren Towers, Stonewall’s Executive Director, says:
“Manchester Metropolitan and all those who have made this year’s Top 100 Employers list are making a huge difference to workplaces, services and communities across the UK.
“LGBT-inclusive employers play a crucial role in changing society by using their power and influence to protect and support LGBT people. More than a third of LGBT staff – 35 per cent – still hide their identity at work for fear of discrimination; that has an impact on productivity, wellbeing and more, and shows we still have lots to do.”