The University of Birmingham has launched a research project, aiming to take place over the next two years, which will produce a guide for colleagues to ensure LGBTQ inclusivity.
The project will survey staff and student experiences, through the means of workshops and other interactive methods.
The new project will be focused on the content and delivery of teaching, aiming to improve general guidance for colleagues who wish to incorporate LGBT issues into everyday academic teaching. The findings will be compared with experiences across the international education spectrum, with the research presented at the University’s Teaching and Learning Conference in 2015.
Inclusivity projects and initiatives have previously focused on the social experiences of LGBTQ students. The new launch has come after students reported that interaction during lectures and seminars may prove fundamental to their overall higher education experience.
Although The University of Birmingham was voted ‘one of the best universities to be an LGBTQ student’, by attitude magazine, nationally, LGBT students experience higher than average drop-out rates in higher education. The NUS LGBTQ conference this year saw the highest seen turn-out rate (with 400 delegates) and revealed that 1 in 5 LGBTQ students experience bullying or harassment on campus.
One student, a member of LGBTQ society, told Redbrick, ‘I think its an extremely positive move the university is making. I think it has the potential to make massive amounts of change by bringing it into our everyday education system’.
You can hear more on this story with Tara Dein and Monty Jaffer on Episode 2 of Burning Chat.
Listen to Correspondent Calum Ridyard interview the LGBTQ Association Secretary below.