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Bucks joins national programme to promote gay equality for staff

Bucks New University has joined Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme which promotes and develops good practice for employers.
The programme, run by the gay equality charity, promotes a good working environment for all existing and potential staff and helps to ensure equal treatment for those who are lesbian, gay or bisexual.
 
The programme, run by the gay equality charity, promotes a good working environment for all existing and potential staff and helps to ensure equal treatment for those who are lesbian, gay or bisexual. It has over 600 major employer members, including Ernst & Young, IBM, and the Royal Navy.
 
Prof David Sines, Bucks New University’s Pro Vice Chancellor & Executive Dean: Society & Health, and Chair of the University’s Equality and Diversity Committee, said: “By supporting and developing our lesbian, gay and bisexual staff through the Diversity Champions programme we’re sending out a powerful message to our existing and potential employees and students.
"We’re proud to join the programme and look forward to developing our work around sexual orientation.”

Stonewall was founded in 1989 to create a professional lobbying group that would prevent attacks on lesbians, gay men and bisexuals. Stonewall has subsequently put the case for equality on the mainstream political agenda, helping to achieve the equalisation of the age of consent, lifting the ban on lesbians and gay men serving in the military, securing legislation allowing same-sex couples to adopt, and helping to secure civil partnerships. The organisation now has offices in England, Scotland and Wales.

Laura Doughty, Stonewall Deputy Chief Executive said: “By joining the Diversity Champions programme Bucks New University has recognised that people perform better when they can be themselves. Our members are forward-thinking 21st century employers who want to recruit, recognise, and support the very best staff regardless of background. Good employers understand that providing support for all their staff improves their operational effectiveness.”
 
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Editor’s notes:
 
Stonewall
is the gay equality charity founded in 1989.For further information visit stonewall.org.uk or contact James Lawrence, Communications Officer on 020 7593 1857.
 
Buckinghamshire New University is committed to celebrating diversity and promoting equality of opportunity across all the ‘protected characteristics’ as defined by the Equality Act 2010.
 
The University has around 650 staff and around 9,000 students studying at campuses in High Wycombe and Uxbridge. It has a long history of providing education tailored to the world of work, and provides a range of courses aligned to the creative and cultural industries, the management and information management sectors, and the public sector. It also offers a range of services to business, from contract research and consultancy to facilities for hire, including meetings rooms, production suites and its Missenden Abbey Conference Centre.
 
For further information visit bucks.ac.uk, or contact Dean Valler, Communications Officer on 01494 601 636.