USW’s double win at Stonewall Top 100 event

We’re thrilled to announce that the University of South Wales has been placed among the top 50 employers in the UK in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2019. USW is ranked 43rd in the index of organisations across the UK that are doing pioneering work to become inclusive employers.

Professor Julie Lydon, Vice Chancellor of the University of South Wales, said:

“It is an exceptional achievement for us to be placed within the Top 50 in only our third year in participating in the Index. We really feel this shows that USW is an inclusive place to work, with a clear commitment to furthering LGBT+ equality across all of our policies and practices. Our LGBT+ Staff Network, LGBT+ Role Models and LGBT+ allies work with so much energy and enthusiasm to engage with staff and students and implement innovative initiatives to promote LGBT+ equality and I’m thrilled we have received this recognition of their hard work and commitment.”

The ranking was announced at the annual Stonewall Top 100 launch event in London on 21st January 2019 and was part of a double celebration for the University when Ray Vincent, Associate Chaplain and creator of USW’s LGBT+ network, Spectrum, won the Stonewall Gay Role Model of the Year Award.

Ray has worked at the University for 12 years and has been a Baptist Minister for over 50 years. Now in his eighties, Ray regularly gives talks about the fear that he experienced as a young, gay man at a time when homosexuality was classified as both a mental deformity and a crime.

During his time at the University of South Wales he has become Chaplaincy LGBT Champion, has organised numerous University-wide LGBT+ initiatives and is a strong ally to all in the LGBT community through the Spectrum network.

Spectrum is a collective of LGBT+ staff members and allies who support staff at the University in their working lives and promote awareness of LGBT+ equality, providing a safe space in which issues of relevance can be discussed and LGBT+ staff from across the University can meet in an informal setting.

Our LGBT+ Role Models, such as Ray, are passionate about promoting LGBT+ equality and showing that people can be themselves in the workplace, accepted without exception. Our Trans Role Model, Rhi Kemp, was awarded the Inspiring Team or Colleague of the Year Award at our annual Staff Recognition Awards in 2018, for all their motivating work, such as these top tips for being a Trans Ally:

USW’s commitment to strive for inclusion spans all levels and our senior leaders were proud to state this on last year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia: