The University of York has scored eight out of ten checklist points on the Stonewall ‘Gay by Degree’ University Guide.
Run by the LGB charity, Stonewall, the recently launched guide has been designed “for all lesbian, gay and bisexual students; and all those in-between”, to aid prospective students in making informed decisions on Higher Education institutions, based on LGBT issues.
Stonewall cites “two main groups” for LGBT students at York: YUSU LGBT, and LGBT Allies @ York, “a student-run service which offers resources and support for the LGBT and Queer-friendly community.”
The Guide highlighted that the provision of compulsory staff training on LGB issues at the University of York is a point which many other institutions, including Cambridge University, do not offer.
In 2007, Debora Fenney, a member of the University of York’s Christian Union, announced that she was bisexual. Following this, she was ‘dismissed’ from her post as Social Action Representative. Fenney subsequently proposed a YUSU LGBT endorsed group for LGBT Christians. Despite the provision of a link to a Times Online article which featured Fenney’s case, York’s score was not affected.
Stonewall also stressed the significance of YUSU LGBT socials in giving a well-rounded LGBT student experience.
One of the two points left uncompleted by the University of York was a lack of LGB specific career advice. However, policy that protects LGB students from bullying and explicit welfare support for LGB students are both in current practice.
The website is said to also dispel myths about Oxford and Cambridge universities, as well as offering financial advice for both prospective and current students.