Sheffield’s universities ranked top in gay-friendly survey

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Sheffield has two of the most gay-friendly universities in the country, according to an annual survey.

Sheffield Hallam is one of only six universities in the country to score a perfect 10 out of 10 in the Gay by Degree Guide from pressure group Stonewall.

The University of Sheffield did nearly as well, ranking nine out of 10, along with ten other institutions.

The survey, now in its fifth year, measures each of the UK’s 158 universities against 10 criteria to show how well they support their lesbian, gay and bisexual students.

The checklist includes whether the university has a policy to tackle homophobic bullying, whether there are societies and events for gay students, and what steps it takes to support gay staff.

Hallam’s director of corporate affairs, Tracey Lancaster, said: “We are committed to ensuring we are a fully inclusive and diverse institution and I am proud to be able to celebrate the news we have marked so highly in this year’s Stonewall guide. We will continue to do all we can to reinforce our commitment in this area and to provide an inclusive and welcoming experience where all our students can feel valued and supported.”

Stonewall’s Hannah Kibirige said: “There are a record number of university places available this year and prospective students who are lesbian, gay or bisexual will want to study where they will be supported and developed. Particular congratulations are due to Sheffield Hallam University for being one of only six universities in Britain to score full marks.”