Ceri Dunstan, the policy and campaigns officer for Terrence Higgins Trust Cymru, has contacted us to ask for help with a survey to research what people want from sexual health services in Wales – how and where they would like services provided, what barriers they might have faced in accessing services, good or bad experiences and so on.
It’s open to people of all ages, whether or not they have recently accessed sexual health services and THT are keen to get as broad a range of responses as possible, especially LGBT+ people and people from BAME groups.
The survey is available in Welsh and English.

English: https://survey.tht.org.uk/wh/s.asp?k=151387497087

Welsh: https://survey.tht.org.uk/wh/s.asp?k=151387495697

January 8th, 2018

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Well, 2017 was a busy year for us here in Swansea University. Not only did we engage in a number of events, including a seminar for LGBT History Month, and hosting and organising the 2nd Annual LGBT+ Inclusivity in HE Conference, we also implemented some plans to formalise our network structure, forming a new committee. The roles are currently being advertised, as follows:

 

  • Marketing and Communications Officer
  • Secretary
  • External Outreach Officer
  • Events Officer (2 positions)
  • General Officer

 

This is a valuable opportunity to get involved in a leadership / cross-faculty role, which is essential for career development for both academics and Professional Services staff. The Network will be a friendly and encouraging group in which to develop these skills.

 

Roles are assigned for two years in the first instance. Committee members will be required to work proactively, deliver actions by agreed deadlines, and to work together in an environment of equality, trust and respect.  The network will meet on a regular basis (approx. every 2 months) and members are required to attend meetings and events wherever possible, contribute to discussions, and undertake a fair allocation of work. We expect members to be able to commit 2-3 hours every week to the role.

 

If you are interested in applying for a role, please email Cath Elms C.L.Elms@swansea.ac.uk  with the following information (up to 500 words per question):

 

  • Your name
  • Role applied for
  • How will you be able to add value to the Network in this role?
  • What skills do you have that are relevant to the role?
  • What is your ability to commit time and energy to the role?
  • Any other comments to support your application.

 

The deadline for applications is Friday 12th January 2018.

 

If you have any queries about the roles, please get in touch. If you would like to apply for a role but have concerns about not receiving support from your line manager to attend meetings, etc, please get in touch as we may be able to assist with this.

 

January 4th, 2018

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One of the themes of this year’s Bi Visibility day is the Big Tweet – encouraging us all to use social media to tweet about bisexuality. The aim, I gather, is to increase visibility – which means increasing awareness. Raising the issue of bisexuality is an important one as many people identify as being attracted to more than one gender. Bisexuality is a term which can be used to self-identify as being sexually or romantically attracted to more than one gender but it encompasses a wide range of identities.
This is often an issue for people who seek out absolute black and white definitions of sexual and gender identity. There appears to be a lack of understanding of bisexuality as an identity and often people make assumptions about this term. Like many other LGBT+ identities and identifiers, it is often associated with socially criticised concepts of promiscuity and lack of commitment. This is not the case. Bisexuality as an identity refers to how an individual expresses themselves and it is inherent upon us to remember that how other people are attracted to each other, how they define and engage in consensual relationships, and how they live their lives is none of our business.
Why is Bi Visibility day important then? Mainly because it starts the conversation, enables the dialogue, supports people who identify in this way to discuss their identity if they so wish. It promotes equality, by giving a space and time to focus on bisexuality. It might serve to empower some people to share their identities with families, friends or colleagues. And it acts as a point of activism, for individuals and for organisations, a locus for expressing the intent to be inclusive and to celebrate diversity.
It is a great thing to see that the Bisexual Pride Flag is flying from the Abbey flagpole today on the Park Campus of Swansea University. This is a significant step forward in making our University’s commitment to equality and inclusivity as public as it possibly can. A recent report has highlighted that levels of LGBT+ hate crime are higher than ever in the UK, and that our society still has much work to do to erase prejudice, hate and misunderstanding. Bi Visibility day is a way for all of us, however we identify, to stand up and be counted and support the rights of all to have their identities respected and valued.
Happy Bi Visibility Day!
http://www.bivisibilityday.com/

January 4th, 2018

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Working in Higher Education is certainly a rewarding experience. With the hashtag #lgbtqinclusivity, the first day of our conference, Facing the Dragon, has certainly offered an amazing diversity of insights. Our keynote speaker, Professor Cara Aicheson, Vice-Chanceller of Cardiff Metropolitan University, inspired everyone discussing the real difference leadership can make when aligned with values. We enjoyed research, reflections and opinion, not to mention valuable insight, on a range of topics around gender, sexuality and identity, and explored this from the perspectives of students and staff. We were lucky enough to have Mark Smith from Sydney University giving us the international perspective, and critical insights came from Scottish colleagues exemplifying the joined-up working of Scottish Universities.
There have been many, deep and wonderful conversations, and all members of the organising team from Swansea, South Wales and Cardiff Universities have been overwhelmed by the expertise shared so far. We are already building a picture of good practice and inspirational ideas to drive our equality work forward. With a mixture of workshops and presentations, followed by an intimate dinner and entertainment by local singer/songwriter Bronwen Lewis.
I can only look forward to another packed and interesting day today, and express my appreciation of the speakers and the value of their contributions. So much for us to learn about and think about, and so many ideas for how we can continue to push the equality and inclusivity agenda forward.
Onwards we go for day 2!

September 6th, 2017

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Dear All
The conference is tomorrow! I am so excited to meet everyone and we have a packed and really amazing programme of events.
Programmes will be distributed on the day, but in the meantime, here is how the days are looking….

Please remember, we are on the Bay Campus. Here is a link to the campus map

https://www.swansea.ac.uk/media/bay-campus-plan.pdf

 

Please come to the School of Management and follow the signs for the conference.

 

With very best wishes from the LGBT+ Network and the Representatives from Cardiff University and University of South Wales.

Programme Day 1 – 5 September 2017
9:00 am – 10.30 am Registration and refreshments
10.30 am – 11:00 am Welcome to the conference – THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
CHAIR – Prof Martin Stringer Keynote address: Professor Cara Aitchison, President and Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff Metropolitan University
From ‘marking difference’ to ‘making a difference’: the social-cultural nexus of power and personal responsibility in the leadership of higher education.
12:00 pm – 12.15 pm Comfort Break
12.15 pm – 1.15 pm
(1st Concurrent)

CHAIR- ALYS EINION Papers: Staff and student experience

(Non-) performative allyship: when LGBT-friendly images of HE institutions backfire
Pippa Sterk, Goldsmiths

Interactive collaborative virtual learning space exploring inclusive practice
Mandy Jack, Swansea University

Hate Crime Reporting Centre
Robin Benson, Swansea University
Workshop

Fanzines: making media, doing activism
Cath Elms, Swansea University Workshop

Decolonising ‘inclusivity’: mapping reciprocity through a social cartographical lens
Cath Camps & CA Emmett, Cardiff University and USW
1.15 pm – 2.30 pm Lunch Break
2.30 pm – 3.30 pm
(2nd Concurrent)

CHAIR – CATH CAMPS Papers: cultural barriers and mental health

Bisexual erasure and biphobia in Wales
Carlotta Lami, Swansea University

LGBTQ students and mental health
Georgina Gnan, King’s College

Gender, women and the ‘F’ word – addressing gender inequalities awareness in professional and social science education.
Alys Einion, Swansea University.
Workshop

An employability mentoring scheme for LGBTQ students at the University of Birmingham
Sean Russell, Get Out Stay Out
Workshop

How can my teaching be more LGBTQ inclusive? Reflecting on professional practice and power in higher education
Nicola Gale & Nicki Ward, University of Birmingham
3.15 pm – 4 pm Afternoon Coffee Break

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
(3rd Concurrent)

CHAIR – Prof Martin Stringer Papers: campus climate

Turning the sandstone into a rainbow: implementing an inclusive culture in a 170 year old institution
Jennifer Barrett & Mark Smith, University of Sydney

Proudly Proactive: celebrating and supporting LGBTQ+ students in higher education in Scotland
Hazel Marzetti, University of Edinburgh

Trans inclusion: exploring the experiences of trans and gender diverse students and staff in HE
Stephanie McKendry, University of Strathclyde Workshop

This is your trans* life: trans inclusivity in medical education
Evan Wilkins, Cardiff University Workshop

Bisexuality issues in higher education
Rosie Nelson, University of Bristol
5:00 pm CLOSE DAY 1
Conference Dinner at the Swansea Marriott Hotel. Schedule:
● Arrival and Drinks reception at 6:30pm;
● Seating at 7:15pm;
● First course served at 7:30pm.

Dinner entertainment: music by Welsh singer/songwriter Bronwen Lewis (from the film Pride)

Programme Day 2 – 6 September 2017
9.30 am – 10.30 am
CHAIR – ALYS EINION Keynote address: Professor Martin Stringer, Pro-ViceChancellor, Swansea University
Herding dragons, intersectionality and the teaching of religion
10.30 am – 11.00 am Comfort Break
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
(4th Concurrent)

CHAIR – ERICH HOU Papers: trans research, and psychology

“Can I touch you? I’ve never met a real non-binary person”: the importance to inclusive curricula of equipping trans-identified students with research skills
Edith England, Swansea University

Queering the psychology curriculum: reflections on doing LGBT activism in the context of academic psychology
Nuno Nodin, Royal Holloway

The unicorn in the room: the impact of gendered expectations in clothing in Healthcare/HE environments
Josie Henley, Cardiff University Workshop

How to develop successful strategies for implementing change in your institution to enhance the experience of LGBTQ students and staff
Sean Russell, Get Out Stay Out Workshop

Bi exclusion and inclusion in higher education
Ele Hicks, Bi Cymru
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
(5th Concurrent)

CHAIR – Catherine Emmett Papers: teaching health & social care

Developing and advancing LGBT inclusivity in higher education curriculum
Maurice O’Brien, Caroline Ellis & David Clarke, Cardiff University

Gender and Sexual Diversity in Professional Practice Learning: Early Lessons from the DAPPLE Project
Nicki Ward, University of Birmingham

Medical students exploring gender through art
Zarabeth Newton & Tonya Neame, Cardiff University Workshop

Over the rainbow: small symbol, big impact, and uncovering ‘untold’ stories
Spectrum (LGBT+ staff network), USW Workshop

GO Wales employability scheme at Cardiff University and the University of South Wales
GO Wales for Cardiff and USW
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch Break
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
CHAIR– ALYS EINION Plenary session: David Donovan, Negotiations Officer, BECTU
PRIDE: A Study in Solidarity

3:00 pm – 3.30 pm Afternoon Coffee Break
3.30 pm – 5:00 pm
CHAIR – Prof Martin STringer The Great Debate
Panel session with speakers from the conference
5:00 pm CONFERENCE CLOSE
Thank you and goodbye!

September 4th, 2017

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Last week I spent 5 days in the city of Mannheim, Germany, for a twin-city exchange on LGBT+ issues, accompanied by Network member Daf. Mannheim invited representatives from LGBT+ organisations from all of its twin cities to apply for a place at the event, and Swansea University’s LGBT+ Staff Network was offered 2 places on behalf of the city of Swansea. The other organisations and twin cities represented were LISTAG (Families and Friends of LGBTIs in Turkey) from Istanbul (Turkey), GENDERDOC-M Information Centre from Chisinau (Moldova), Haifa Rainbow Association from Haifa (Israel), and Community House from Haifa (Israel).

From left: Metehan (Istanbul), Anfonso (Germany), Arnon (Haifa), Slavi (Chisinau), Anastasia (Chisinau), Cath (Swansea), Daf (Swansea), Yoav (Israel).

On Thursday 10th August, I participated in the city’s Rainbow Reception event, which was the official city reception for all LGBT+ activists to celebrate Pride Weekend. The event was opened by the Major of Mannehim, Dr Ulrike Freundlieb, and was followed by a 40-minute interview with the twin city representatives. In the interview, I spoke about LGBT+ equality in the UK, including the Equality Act 2010 and the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. When asked if the fight for LGBT+ equality is over now that legal equality has been granted, I spoke about the importance of continued activism, particularly focusing on trans issues and intersectionality where significant barriers still remain, as well as the importance of being active allies to those in the community. Allyship is not just for those who are straight and cis, it is also for those of us within LGBT+ communities who have relative positions of privilege that we can use to affect positive change.

Afterwards we met the Mayor and the Twin City Commissioner Dr Ludovic Roy, and spoke with some press representatives about our organisations and LGBT+ activism work. Read more about the Rainbow Reception event on the official Mannheim website.

Far left: Dr Ulrike Freundlieb; far right: Dr Ludovic Roy.

On Friday 11th August, all twin city representatives met with various LGBT+ organisations and activists from Mannheim to share best practice and discuss ideas for how the twin cities could work together to advance LGBT+ equality in Europe. We talked about the situations in our own countries, the work we do, and ways to work together – suggestions that we’ve taken away include setting up a shared resource website, a Twin City LGBT+ Equality Network, and joint events including film festivals and Pride visits (watch this space!).

The aspect of the workshop that had the most value for me was hearing the other delegates talk about their experiences in their countries – e.g. in Turkey, the question Metehan hears the most from people who come to his LGBT center for help is “can you please cure my son/daughter?” and if he answers “no”, they will just go to a Doctor who will claim they can cure their child. In Moldova, Anastasia and Slavi’s organisation GENDERDOC-M is the only LGBT+ organisation in the whole country, and are entirely funded by European grants and donations – they receive zero government support, and in fact, Anastasia later told me that the reason she got into LGBT+ activism is because she received first-hand police discrimination for being queer where she was detained against her will by the police and had her ID confiscated. This served as a reminder to me not only of how far we’ve come in the UK, but also that there are still enormous barriers for LGBT+ people on our doorstep in Europe. But what was inspiring was the activists’ determination and courage to keep campaigning for equality despite discrimination, prejudice, and burnout.

 

On the Saturday, the twin city delegates were the guests of honour at the Mannheim Pride Parade – after being welcomed in the opening speeches, all twin city reps were invited to cut the ribbon and begin the parade, and then we marched at the very front through the city centre. The march had such a fun, uplifting vibe full of floats and lavish costumes and loud music, and the city was filled with members of the public taking photos and cheering us along the 1.5-hour parade route. The march ended at a street party in the Mannheim Palace grounds containing 70,000 visitors over the course of the day, where the university had a table – we made sure to promote our upcoming LGBTQ Inclusivity Conference there too!

Later in the afternoon a minute’s silence was held at the party in commemoration of the victims of homophobic violence in Chechnya, and the twin city reps were invited to read out the English translations of the German words of commemoration. A little while later, we were all invited back on stage to be interviewed about our LGBT+ activism work for the Pride audience.

One of the main things I learned from this visit was how much I overestimate perceived barriers to equality. It was fascinating to speak to people from other countries where human rights violations and discrimination against LGBT+ people is routine, or where their culture is so closely linked with religion in which many followers have deeply-entrenched resistance to LGBT+ rights. In the UK sometimes we perceive religion to be such an enormous barrier, when in fact we’re fortunate to live in such a pluralist and tolerant society by comparison to others in Europe. The experience has helped me see my own work through new eyes.

It was an incredible experience, and I’m honoured and grateful for the opportunity to have met so many inspiring LGBT+ activists from other nations and share our stories and ideas. The visit has inspired me to keep working towards LGBT+ equality in our own community, and to use our relative privilege here in the UK to support those who are still fighting for their civil rights in Europe and beyond. We’ve achieved a lot in the UK in regards to LGBT+ equality but there is always more that can be done.

Cath Elms
LGBT+ Staff Network co-chair, Equality Advisor

August 25th, 2017

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Second Annual LGBTQ Inclusivity in Higher Education Conference:
Facing the Dragon

5th and 6th September 2017
Hosted and Presented by Swansea University, Bay Campus.

In this national conference on inclusivity in Higher Education, we will explore how to bring intersectionality into inclusive curricula across the Higher Education landscape, bringing equality home to the seats of learning and research.

Papers and workshops will be offered on many different aspects of inclusivity in HE, looking at the implementation of inclusive curricula, student and staff groups and networks, work on gender, trans* and transition, work on feminism, ethnicity, religion, age, occupation or identity, at the intersection of equality for staff and students.

Keynote Addresses will be given by Professor Cara Aitchison, President and Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff Metropolitan University: “From ‘marking difference’ to ‘making a difference’: the social-cultural nexus of power and personal responsibility in the leadership of higher education”, and Professor Martin Stringer, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Swansea University: “Herding dragons, intersectionality and the teaching of religion”. And a Plenary session will be led by Sian James, Welsh Labour Party politician and former MP for Swansea East, Sian James’ early political life story features in the film Pride.

The conference delegate fees are as follows.

Combined ticket (includes both days of the conference) – £95.
Day 1 only ticket – £50.
Day 2 only ticket – £50.

Combined concession ticket for students – £65.
Student day 1 only ticket – £35.
Student day 2 only ticket – £35.

Conference dinner – £35 (no concessions)

Book your place here!

A draft programme can be read here: LGBTQ Conference Programme draft

Detailed conference information including travel, accommodation, and accessibility, can be found here: Conference information for delegates

If you feel the costs would prevent you joining us, we have a limited Conference Fund available for free conference places (please note, carers will be provided a free space at the conference). To apply to the fund email lgbtplus@swansea.ac.uk with the subject ‘conference fund’ and a decision will be made on a case by case basis.

 

August 7th, 2017

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We have extended the deadline for submission of Abstracts to the 31 July 2017

See below for details

Swansea University, in Collaboration with the University of South Wales and Cardiff University would like to announce a Call for Papers and Save the Date for the:

Second Annual LGBTQ Inclusivity in Higher Education Conference:
Facing the Dragon

5th and 6th September 2017
Hosted and Presented by Swansea University, Wales, UK.

 

In this national conference on inclusivity in Higher Education, we will explore how to bring intersectionality into inclusive curricula across the Higher Education landscape, bringing equality home to the seats of learning and research.

We invite papers and posters on every aspect of inclusivity in HE, looking at the implementation of inclusive curricula, student and staff groups and networks, work on gender, trans* and transition, work on feminism, ethnicity, religion, age, occupation or identity, at the intersection of equality for staff and students. Maybe you have initiated a project to include more diverse authors on a curriculum, or signposted students to understanding the diverse backgrounds of leading figures in your field. Maybe you have published work that relates to inclusivity, or draw on diverse sources to develop your research and teaching practice. Maybe you work in an organisation that supports LGBTQ people and have insights from your own work to offer those within HE. We are looking for critical papers, discussion pieces, research, case studies and interactive workshops to develop inclusivity activities.

We invite scholars, activists, members of the community, students and others to submit abstracts of no more than 250 words, accompanied by a 50 word bio on any aspect of promoting inclusive curricula in HE, for either papers (15 minutes), interactive workshops (1 hour) or posters.

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 31 July 2017

Please send to: lgbtplus@swansea.ac.uk with ‘Abstract Submission’ in the subject

LGBTQ Chynwysoldeb yn Uwch Addysg GynhadleddAil Blynyddol LGBTQ Chynwysoldeb yn Uwch Addysg Gynhadledd :
Wynebu y Ddraig

5ed a 6ed medi 2017
Gynnal a Gyflwynwyd gan Brifysgol Abertawe, Cymru, y DU.

 

Yn y gynhadledd genedlaethol ar gynhwysiant mewn Addysg Uwch, rydym yn edrych ar sut i ddod rhyng-gysylltiadau i mewn cwricwla cynhwysol ar draws mae’r dirwedd Addysg Uwch, gan ddod â cydraddoldeb gartref i’r seddi dysgu ac ymchwil.

Rydym yn gwahodd papurau a phosteri ar bob agwedd o gynhwysiant yn ei FOD, yn edrych ar y gweithredu cwricwla cynhwysol, myfyrwyr a grwpiau staff a rhwydweithiau, yn gweithio ar rhyw, traws* a newid, yn gweithio ar ffeministiaeth, ethnigrwydd, crefydd, oed, galwedigaeth neu hunaniaeth, yn y groesffordd o gydraddoldeb ar gyfer staff a myfyrwyr. Efallai eich bod wedi cychwyn prosiect i gynnwys mwy amrywiol awduron ar y cwricwlwm neu arwydd myfyrwyr i ddeall y
gefndiroedd amrywiol o ffigurau blaenllaw yn eich pwnc. neu yn tynnu ar amrywiol ffynonellau I ddatblygu eich ymchwil ac ymarfer dysgu. Efallai eich bod yn gweithio mewn sefydliad sy’n cefnogi y boblo LHDTH+ ac wedi ennill dealltwriaeth o’r gwaith eich hun i gynnig y rhai o fewn Uwch Addysg. Rydym yn chwilio am hanfodol papurau, trafodaeth ddarnau, ymchwil, profiadau personol, astudiaethau achos a gweithdai rhyngweithiol i ddatblygu gweithgareddau cynhwysiant.

Rydym yn gwahodd ysgolheigion, gweithredwyr, aelodau o’r gymuned, myfyrwyr ac eraill i gyflwyno crynodeb o ddim mwy na 250 gair yng nghwmni 50 gair bywgraffiad ar unrhyw agwedd o hyrwyddo cynhwysol cwricwla mewn addysg uwch, naill ai ar gyfer papurau (15 munud), gweithdai rhyngweithiol gweithdai (1 awr) neu bosteri.

Dyddiad cau ar gyfer Cyflwyno Crynodeb: 311 gorffennaf 2017

Os gwelwch yn dda anfon i: lgbtplus@swansea.ac.uk gyda ‘Abstract Submission’ yn y pennawd

June 26th, 2017

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It is our great pleasure to give you a sneak preview of the delights on offer during our two-day conference on LGBT+ Inclusivity in HE this September.
Together with our colleagues from Cardiff University and the University of South Wales, we are working to bring you an innovative chance to engage with the future of education in Wales, in the UK, and across the world.

We have confirmed the following speakers:

Professor Cara Aitchison,President & Vice-Chancellor & Professor of Geography & Cultural Economy, Cardiff Metropolitan University, will offer the Keynote Address.

Sian James, former MP, will offer a plenary discussing her role in past and present politics, and referring to excerpts from the film Pride, fully locating our conference in the heartland of Welsh political activism

Professor Martin Stringer, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Swansea University, will offer a plenary and will also chair our closing debate on Intersectionality: Reconciling Faith, Belief and Religion with LGBT+ Equality.

The amazing and talented Bronwen Lewis, musician, (featured in the film Pride) will provide the entertainment for our conference dinner.

There will be a range of speakers, including those providing practical insight into improving inclusivity across the HE landscape, and bringing their experience and research to you.

Workshops will also address key issues of promoting inclusion and improving the student experience.

So come and join us at the beach for two days of networking, learning, sharing and fun, demonstrating our commitment to an inclusive future.

with very best wishes

Alys Einion and Cath Elms, co-chairs of Swansea LGBT+ Staff Network

Access the call for papers here:

email us: lgbtplus@Swansea.ac.uk

 

June 19th, 2017

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Call for Papers:

Here are Swansea, we are delighted to be working in partnership with colleagues from Cardiff University and the University of South Wales, to present an exciting conference in LGBT+ Inclusivity and Equality.
The conference will be held on the 5 and 6 September, 2017, and booking details will be sent out soon.
The Call for Papers is accessible via the link above, and I would like to encourage everyone to consider contributing. This can be a research piece, an experience of being a student or member of staff in HE, an activity, a workshop, or even a poem, slide show, short film or anything else. We are looking for academics, teachers, students, members of the community, researchers, artists – and we want to make this an inclusive conference which challenges us all to make Higher Education the most supportive environment we can for all students and all staff.

For any questions, please contact the Swansea University LGBT+ Staff Network on lgbtplus@swansea.ac.uk

We very much look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful Bay Campus and sharing knowledge, expertise and ideas as we drive forward the equality agenda.

with very best wishes

Alys Einion and Cath Elms, Co-Chairs of the Swansea University LGBT+ Staff Network

June 1st, 2017

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