Hallam LGBTQ+ Staff Network provides a forum for staff who identify as LGBTQ+ to get together, and also advises the University on policies affecting LGBTQ+ staff. Events are organised throughout the year, particularly for LGBT History Month and IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia), and Trans Day of Remembrance. Every year in June the University sponsors large-scale LGBTQ+n events such as Sheffield Pride and Pinknic, and staff and students attend this celebratory event.

Terms of Reference

1. Create a network group that is active, celebratory and visible.
2. Provide visible role models to students, employees, and prospective students/employees.
3. Advise the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion team, Equality and Diversity committee, HR, and other senior policy writers on LGBTQ+ matters.
4. Work in partnership with Sheffield Hallam student union LGBTQ+ group other Sheffield Hallam staff networks.
5. Produce and publicise information for members and supporters, using a range of communications.
6. Engage with the wider community to raise awareness and engagement with LGBTQ+ matters (providing sufficient resource and support from HR).
7. Feed matters and play an active role as part of the University’s LGBTQ+ Steering Group – reporting on impact and activities and shaping strategic direction of LGBTQ+ equality

Mode of Operation

1. Hold quarterly meetings for the staff network.
2. Provide a safe and supportive environment for all LGBTQ+ staff.
3. Organise activities/meetups, campaigns, and initiatives to encourage participation and raise awareness of LGBTQ+ matters.
4. Work in partnership with groups in Sheffield, the University of Sheffield, and the Student Union LGBTQ+ liberation group.
5. Supply a spokesperson to attend the Equality and Diversity committee to advise on processes and systems for supporting LGBTQ+ staff, students and external parties, present reports when required and to drive the Equality and Diversity agenda forward.

The group welcomes support for its activities, from all members of staff. For more information about joining the network please email lgbt@shu.ac.uk

2023 Committee

Co-Chairs – Holly Bell (she/her) and Serena Noble (she/her)
Events and Communications Leads – Luke Allan (he/him) and Gina Self (they/them)
Community Engagement Leads – Phili Baldock (they/them) and Sam Clegg (she/her)
EDI reps – Josh Kanabar (they/he), Avery Hubbard (they/them), Liz Anyon (she/her) and Kate Johnson (she/her)


Membership of the network is open to any member of staff at Sheffield Hallam University who are also part of the LGBTQ+ community.