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Staff Pride Network

Staff Pride Network

The Staff Pride Network is an inclusive network that serves as a resource for the rich diversity of LGBT+ employees across the institution, including PhD students who prefer to attend staff events. We strive to take an intersectional approach to providing a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for all people who self identify as part of LGBT+ communities, whether or not they are 'out' in the wider world, and to make LGBT+ issues more visible within the University environment. Different organisations use different acronyms to refer to specific groups, and terminology is always evolving. Our definition of LGBT+ includes, among others, those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, gender fluid, intersex, non-binary, asexual, pansexual and polyamorous. It also includes all those individuals and communities whose sexuality or gender identity is a matter of shared personal, political and/or social experience, as well as those who are LGBT+ allies.

Staff Pride Network Newsletter – Issue 7

Staff Pride Network Newsletter – Issue 7
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Welcome to the May 2019 edition of the
Staff Pride Network newsletter

Dear Members

We have been busy since our last newsletter and hopefully you’ve kept an eye on our emails, come to our events and enjoyed wearing our SPN-designed rainbow lanyards. Our members survey attracted lots of responses, love and suggestions for which we’re incredibly grateful – report below. Would you believe £9000 has been spent by a range of UoE departments/Schools on 7000 rainbow lanyards? To measure this impact, two MSc students conducted rainbow lanyard research and will present their fascinating results at an upcoming event, details TBC.

From SPN volunteers attending conferences by the UK Higher Education Network of LGBT+ Staff Networks (see Derek’s article) to hosting Edinburgh’s private, public & third sector LGBT+ staff networks’ committee members at our leaders’ breakfast, in partnership with Waverley Care, and arranging for the bi and trans flags to fly over Old College for the first ever times, we have been working with the University, with the PrideSoc student network, with our outgoing executive champion Jane Norman, to learn from others and extend our reach.

A huge thank you to our outgoing newsletter editor Jerrard and a warm welcome to the new newsletter team Caroline and Luís. Other recent additions to the SPN team include Tracy (Events), Justine (Twitter), with Katie, Edgar and Paul forming our new Research Team. If you are inspired by our activities and events, we’d love your help.

Please put up our new posters in your building to increase visibility. Colleagues still don’t know we exist and it’s only with your help that we can get the message out to all 15,000 of us that there is support here, people who believe in equality, diversity and inclusion. In these times where transphobia is constantly in the media, we need more than ever to support each other. Join us at Pride Edinburgh if you are able, LGBT+ colleagues and allies, and show your support.

Best wishes

Jonathan MacBride
Co-chair, Staff Pride Network

HESA data category to recognise non-binary identities

The University is required to submit statistical returns to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), and institutions are now able to report staff sex under three categories: ‘male’, ‘female’ and ‘other’. Read more… 


Staff Pride Network posters

Thank you if you have already put up Staff Pride Network posters around your building. Posters share our common message, and it would be great to have these displayed in all buildings around the University. Read more…

50 Years After Stonewall

Friday 7 June is the deadline to submit an abstract for the International Conference ’50 Years After Stonewall’ which will take place at the University of Edinburgh on 12 & 13 September 2019.  See full details on SharePoint.


Pride Edinburgh

Join us for the Pride Edinburgh march on Saturday 22 June.  If you wish to join us at this event, carry a placard or purchase a SPN t-shirt – check out our link below.

Staff Pride Edinburgh SPN information

Staff social gathering

The School of Informatics held its annual Jamboree on Friday 26th April. The day is a social gathering for staff and their families to come along and take part in a range of activities, with input from the Staff Pride Network.  Check out Carol’s feedback on the event…

Equality, diversity and inclusion in STEM
Evidence Base formed to promote and execute a systems based approach to understanding issues of equality, diversity and inclusion in STEM. Join us for the launch of our project on 21 June: “Growing the Big Grant Club”, which aims to research the under representation of women in the big grant club.

SPN survey feedback

The Staff Pride Network undertook this recent survey with the aim of improving our organisation and future events. Thank you for helping us learn by completing it. 80 people responded to the survey and answered 16 questions that touched upon attendance to events, the reasons why you find this network important, communication, approachability and representation. Learn more…

Promoting equality through sustainable procurement

UK public bodies collectively spend billions of pounds annually through purchasing with third party suppliers, and thus have a lot of potential influence with industry to promote equality and better working conditions. Peter shares feedback on the training he attended…

Sharing best practice in Higher Education

The LGBT+ Network of Networks in Higher Education (LGBT+NoNHE) works to support members to share, exchange and develop best practice regarding equality, diversity and inclusion in Higher Education. Read more…

Rainbow lanyards

Since the launch in LGBT+ History Month, February 2018, 7000 Rainbow Lanyards have been delivered to Schools and departments across the University. Standard RLs are available to anyone from the shop for £2. All colleagues can order standard and LGBT+ Ally lanyards from us via our order form.

SPN Blog

We now have a SPN blog as a new resource to feature our stories and news! If you have information you would like posted on the blog, please email the SPN.

SPN Blog

Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk
Further info
Date: now until 20 October 2019
Location: National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Transgender Intersectional / International Conference 
Further info & tickets
Date: 28 & 29 May 2019
Location: Old Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh
Loud and Proud – Stonewall 50 Anniversary Concert
Date: Saturday 1 June 2019
Time: 19:30 – 21:30
Location: Stockbridge Parish Church, 7b Saxe Coburg Street, Edinburgh
Rally for Trans Solidarity 
Further information
Date: Wednesday 5 June 2019
Time: from 15.00
Location: George Square / Potterrow (see ‘Further information’ for details)
Evening Social 
Date: Friday 7June 2019
Time: 18.00 – 23:00
Location: Checkpoint, 3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh. EH1 1EY
Discussion about Queer Bookshops in Scotland 
Further info and tickets
Date: Tuesday 11 June 2019
Time: 18.00 – 20:00
Location: Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP
Central Coffee & Cake
Date: Wednesday 12 June 2019
Time: 13:00 – 14:00
Location: Cafe in Reception of the Bayes Centre (Behind Informatics Forum) EH8 9BT
KB Coffee & Cake


Date: Wednesday 19 June 2019
Time: 13:10 – 14:00
Location: 7th Floor Cafe, Swann Building in the blue staff/PhD seating area, King’s Buildings
Book Group
Date: Thursday 20 June 2019
Time: 17:45 – 21:15
Location: St Andrews Brewing Company, Potterrow
Beyond Binaries in Sport 
Event flyer
Date: Friday 21 June 2019
Time: 13:30 – 14:30
Location: G.05, 50 George Square 
Pride Edinburgh march
Further information
Date: Saturday 22 June 2019
Time SPN gathering: 11.30
Location: Levels Cafe, Holyrood Road
WGH Coffee and Cake
Date: Thursday 27 June 2019
Time: 15:00 – 16:00
Location: Nucleus Cafe, Western General Hospital



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