Researchers at the University of Birmingham have published recommendations for best practice on LGBTQ-inclusivity in the higher education curriculum.

The guide is based on the results of an extensive survey into the experiences of both LGBTQ and straight cisgender students and staff on campus.

Students were asked about a range of issues, including their levels of comfort in different university environments, such as halls, sports, and teaching areas. The study also looked at their experiences, positive and negative, such as experiencing abusive behaviour.

Positive practices

The researchers found that the results of the survey mirrored national data, demonstrating the difficulties that many LGBTQ student experience as well as some of the positive practices adopted in higher education to support the LGBTQ student experience.

The guide for best practice details ways to increase awareness of LGBTQ issues, what approaches can be taken and what a university can do to transform the culture on campus.

Inclusive

Dr Nicola Gale, senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham, said: ‘We have had a huge amount of interest in the best practice guide nationally and internationally and are hoping that with its publication more universities will be inspired to consider systematically how they can make their learning spaces more inclusive.

‘The guide will go out to academic and professional staff in universities, student union/guilds, further education and any other adult education environments.’

Conference

The University recently hosted the first international conference on LGBTQ-inclusivity in higher education.