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LGBTQ+ Community

Find out more about the support available to the LGBTQ+ community at Herts

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to supporting all communities at Herts, including those who identify as LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, non-binary, or any of the sexualities, genders and identities that fall under the plus). The University will at no time discriminate against people on the grounds of their gender identity/expression or sexual orientation and is actively working to advance LGBTQ+ equality across the institution.

The University has two active networks:

LGBT+ student society

Herts SU LGBT+ student society represents LGBTQ+ students at Herts by working closely with the Students' Union, LGBTQ+ Staff Network, and the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Office to help improve life on campus for LGBT+ students. The society also runs regular support groups and events. Find out more about the LGBT+ Student Society.

LGBTQ+ staff network

The Univesity has an active LGBTQ+ staff network. The LGBTQ+ staff network organises regular meetups and events, shares advice around LGBTQ+ issues, and has a voice within the university to influence decision and policy making. The LGBTQ+ staff network is supported by the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Office.

LGBTQ+ University Initiatives:

  • Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme.  The University is a member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion programme and is committed to further embedding LGBTQ+ inclusion for our staff and students. The University is also in the process of applying for the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index over the next few months.
  • LGBTQ+ Mentoring Programme. The LGBTQ+ Mentoring Programme is open to staff and students and aims to empower and support our LGBTQ+ staff and students to achieve their potential at Herts. 
  • Gender Neutral Toilets.  Gender-Neutral Toilets have been rolled out across the University since 2018. These toilets can be used by people of any sex, gender or gender identity.  
  • Staff LGBTQ+ Allies. The Equality Diversity and Inclusion Office run an LGBTQ+ Allies initiative which is open to staff members employed by the University of Hertfordshire. Members of staff signed up to the initiative where a rainbow UH lanyard, are committed to advancing LGBTQ+ equality and are equipped with the tools to support LGBTQ+ colleagues and students on campus.
  • Equality Diversity and Inclusion Office. The EDI Office can signpost to support available for Trans and non-binary students and students who identify as LGBTQ+.  As well as offer confidential advice on bullying, harassment, and discrimination cases through Dignity and Respect Advisers or the Report and Support system 
  • EDI Training. The Equality Diversity and Inclusion Office  run free online training sessions open to staff and students including the ABC of LGBT+ and an introduction to Trans and Gender Diverse Identities. 

Diversity Events

The Equality Diversity and Inclusion Office along with the LGBT+ Student Society and LGBTQ+ staff network run diversity events throughout the year to raise awareness and educate. 

The events are free and open to staff and students.

Past events include:

If you would like any support or have a query, please contact the EDI Office via and a member of the team will be in touch within 3 working days.


The Student Wellbeing Team have put together a useful list of self help resources and other sources of support:

Sexuality and Gender Identity Self Help Resources  

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