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School of Divinity: Equality and Diversity

School of Divinity: Equality and Diversity

News and events supporting and promoting equality, diversity and respect at the School of Divinity, New College, University of Edinburgh

Constitution and future meetings of our LGBT+ and Allies Group

***Dates and venue will change in 2020 due to building refurbishment and staff change – please await further updates***

A monthly informal meeting of LGBT+ staff and students and allies has taken place on the last Wednesday of the month since March 2019. This informal arrangement now seeks to establish a formal presence in the School of Divinity by constituting itself as the School of Divinity LGBT+ and Allies Group.

Constitution of the School of Divinity’s LGBT+ and Allies Group

  • This group shall be open to all who are associated with the School of Divinity, though primarily include staff and UG and PG students.
  • The group holds monthly meetings during the teaching semesters and meets as agreed across the teaching-free parts of the year.
  • The group is co-convened by a member of staff (usually the E&D Director) and a Postgraduate student, as agreed by group consensus or, if necessary, a vote. An Undergraduate representative will also be sought each year.

The group has the following aims:

  1. To provide a safe space for LGBT+ persons and Allies to meet and share experiences of life in the School of Divinity. The group is not a space for debating or challenging LGBT+ rights, but rather for celebrating diversity, in line with University commitments outlined in its Dignity and Respect policy (
  2. To contribute to creating a welcoming and inclusive culture for LGBT+ persons and Allies in the School of Divinity, by
    1. Challenging homophobia and transphobia, if and when they occur.
    2. Supporting LGBT+ persons and their Allies when experiencing/challenging/reporting discrimination, harassment or bullying, including through formal University procedures if desired.
    3. Organising events that explore issues relating to gender and sexual identities in religion and theology.

Meetings for 2019/2020

The Group will meet in the Senate Room, New College, 1-2pm on the following Wednesdays, unless otherwise stated:

  • 25 September 2019
  • 30 October 2019 (in the Althaus-Reid Room)
  • 27 November 2019
  • 18 December 2019
  • 29 January 2020 – dates and venue will change in 2020 – please await further updates
  • 26 February 2020  – date and venue will change in 2020 – please await further updates
  • 25 March 2020 – date and venue will change in 2020 – please await further updates
  • 29 April 2020 – date and venue will change in 2020 – please await further updates
  • 27 May 2020 (venue change: to be confirmed: Old College, South Bridge – Teaching Room 1)
  • 24 June 2020 – date and venue will change in 2020 – please await further updates

LGBT+ and Allies Group flyer August 2019


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