Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Brody's Notes... AS / A-Level Results Day: UK Universities Rated On LGBT Friendliness

By Brody Levesque (Washington DC) AUG 18 | As pupils prepare to collect their AS and A-level results, Stonewall is asking all lesbian, gay and bisexual  A-level pupils going through the clearing process, and all AS level pupils beginning to fill out UCAS forms to use Gay By Degree – Stonewall’s online guide to how Gay-friendly every UK university is. [ Link Here ]
Luke Tryl, Stonewall’s Education Officer, said: 
"We launched this online guide last month and we’ve already had very positive feedback. Because it’s the first of its kind, many lesbian, gay and bisexual people have contacted us saying they wish it was around when they were applying to uni. Now we want to make sure it’s used by those pupils who are deciding where to take their talent and tuition fees."
Gay By Degree, supported by Square Peg Media, measures how gay-friendly each university is based factors including whether there is an active student LGBT Society, if LGBT specific careers advice and events are offered and membership of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions Programme for employers.
It also contains gay-specific advice about the university experience.


Tim Trent said...

It's interesting, but I think it also is pointless. We choose a degree course to take the best course possible for the job we want.

What is far more useful is the final line, the gay specific advice about the university experience.

University is a place where we can reinvent ourselves. We can break free of the constraints we had with home, with school. Our friends change, our lives change, and we often even have rooms to ourselves to find out about ourselves.

I half applaud what Stonewall is doing, but only half. When we go to university we are also a huge force for change. My university hosted the Gay Liberation Front Annual Conference in 1972. I was too closeted to be a part of it. I should have realised that I could change my environment.

Instead I was a good, frightened, conventional boy trying hard to be heterosexual after all. Stonewall needs to look to the kids today like I was then.