Diversity and inclusivity at university: a survey of the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) students in the UK

ELLIS, S. J. (2008). Diversity and inclusivity at university: a survey of the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) students in the UK. Higher Education.

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    Abstract

    The extent to which UK universities are ‘gay friendly’ has received some attention in the press. Whilst there are a number of published studies exploring campus climate for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) students and/or staff, these are primarily localised studies undertaken in State Universities and Baccalaureate Colleges in the US. The present study is a nationwide UK study of campus climate, based on survey data collected from a sample of 291 LGBT students from 42 universities across the UK. The findings show that despite the increased implementation of an equality agenda (e.g. equal access; widening participation) in UK Higher Education, homophobia on campus is still a significant problem and therefore universities are not perceived nor experienced by LGBT students as ‘safe spaces’ in which to be open about sexual orientation/gender identity. The implications of the findings for university policy and practice in relation to LGBT (and indeed all) students is also explored.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Published in Higher Education journal [online], September 2008 by Springer Netherlands: http://www.springerlink.com.
    Uncontrolled Keywords: diversity and equal opportunities, inclusivity, higher education, homophobia, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans students
    Research Institute, Centre or Group: Psychology Research Group
    Identification Number: 10.1007/s10734-008-9172-y
    Depositing User: Ann Betterton
    Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2009
    Last Modified: 11 Dec 2013 15:44
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/117

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