Who can I talk to about an LGBT Issue?
There are several places where you can go for advice, guidance, or just a friendly ear.
- The LGBT+ liberation committee run various social events which you are welcome to join. They also have a Facebook page and group.
- If something is affecting your ability to study, your faculty-based Student Support Officer may be able to help. You can contact them via your faculty helpdesk.
- If you are struggling with a personal issue and are finding it hard to cope, the Student Wellbeing Service could help you. If appropriate, they can refer you to counselling or other forms of mental health and wellbeing support. Student Wellbeing is actively engaged in promoting LGBT events throughout the year, fosters links with LGBT groups in Sheffield and provides a range of information on the subject in their resource area.
- The Student Union Advice Centre can offer advice and support on a wide range of issues, including bullying and harassment. They offer daily drop-in sessions.
Alternatively, you might want to find support from other people who have gone through similar experiences. See the list of local LGBT organisations on the Student Support Services blog for more information on local groups and services.
What specific welfare support and information is there for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans students?
Sheffield Hallam University prides itself on being a welcoming place for all students and if this is not the case we take it very seriously. We would hope that no one is bullied, harassed or victimised because of their sexual orientation but we have to be realistic, and admit that very rarely it may happen. If it does happen to you it is important that you report it, and do not suffer in silence. You can read about the university's Sexual Orientation Equality Policy Statement for staff and students here.
The university also has a student charter which is a reference point for students and staff to consider the nature of the rights and responsibilities of all those included within the university’s learning community. The student charter states that you can expect "an environment that fosters an inclusive, supportive and collaborative university community" and "to be treated with respect, professionalism and courtesy. We expect you to have respect for the dignity of others and be considerate and courteous towards the university’s diverse community."
The university has a network of Student Support Officers who you can contact directly and in confidence if you feel you are being bullied or harassed.
How can I get sexual health support which will meet my needs as an LGBT person?
The Student Union has an Advice Centre where you can go to get confidential advice on any issue. There is information on issues such as sexual health, including specific advice for lesbian and gay students.
Does the university put on events for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans staff and students?
Once again, yes! We are proud of the variety of events we put on around the theme of sexual orientation at the university, which are open to ALL staff and students. Every year we put on events for IDAHOT - International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, and LGBT History Month.
Does this involve events in the wider LGBT community in Sheffield?
The student LGBT+ group links with the LGBT Committee at at the University of Sheffield, for their social nights out in Sheffield city centre and for other events.