At Physics & Astronomy, we recognise how important visibility and representation are for LGBTQ+ people in the sciences. On LGBT STEM Day in November 2020, staff and students at Physics & Astronomy launched a new LGBTQ+ Staff-Student Network. The Network aims to ensure that all LGBTQ+ people feel at home in Physics & Astronomy. The School’s support explicitly extends to all members of the LGBTQ+ community, including trans and non-binary people, intersex people, asexual people and aromantic people.
As a School-level group, the Network connects students to staff who are community members themselves, who are knowledgeable on the specific issues that LGBTQ+ people face, and who are willing and able to provide support. The Network also serves as a point of contact for broader LGBTQ+ issues that may arise in Physics & Astronomy.
LGBTQ+ Staff-Student Network Contact: Dr. Imogen Gingell
Gender Identity Policy
“The University of Southampton celebrates and values the diversity of its workforce, and believes that the university will benefit from employing trans people at all levels of responsibility, thus hoping to provide role models for students who identify as trans.”
Pulse: LGBT+ Staff Network. The Network aims to work in partnership with the University of Southampton and other LGBT+ networks to create a safe, inclusive and diverse working environment that encourages respect and equality for all, regardless of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The Network believes that, in order for every individual to reach their full potential, there must be no fear of discrimination or disrespect.
LGBT+ Student Society: whose aim is to provide an inclusive and safe space for LGBT+ students to socialise with one another, allowing them the freedom to discover and express who they are free from judgement.