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University receives top marks in gay-friendly guide

Reverend Andy Marshall

Reverend Andy Marshall

The University of Portsmouth is in the top four institutions in the UK for being gay-friendly according to an online university guide produced by a lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) charity.

The university met all 10 criteria measured in this year’s guide Gay by Degrees produced by Stonewall. The guide tells potential students whether institutions offer services such as LGB student groups, compulsory staff training on LGB issues and careers advice aimed at LGB students.

Reverend Andy Marshall, head of the university’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff forum said: “We are absolutely delighted to have made the top four in this guide. Portsmouth prides itself on the support it offers all students and staff and our inclusive environment is incredibly important to us.

“We work hard at the university to understand and accommodate the needs of each and every student and to ensure they are made aware of people and advisors they can turn to if they need support.

“Although the Stonewall guide only mentions lesbian, gay and bisexual students, Portsmouth includes transgender students in this group too.”

Gay by Degree is the only guide profiling the UK’s 160 universities to show how gay-friendly they are. Other criteria included whether policies and practices that counter homophobic bullying and specific events for gay students are in place.

The three other universities in the top four were Imperial College London, University College London and Wolverhampton.

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