Roy of the Rovers tackles women’s football in World Cup comic

Rocky of the Rovers

A Roy of the Rovers-inspired story will feature a female lead and women’s football for the first time.

Rocky of the Rovers: France 2019 will be written as a “live” comic starring Roy’s sister and will be published during the FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer.

It will be released chapter by chapter as the Lionesses make their way through this year’s tournament.

The Roy of the Rovers football comic series was first published in 1954.

The National Literacy Trust, The FA, and Oxford-based publisher Rebellion have teamed up to launch the new story for free online. More

Providing our staff and students with a fair and inclusive environment

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Action Plan set out how we will provide an environment where you can flourish and achieve your full potential.

We want to see the university reflect the diversity of the community we serve.  To help us achieve this we are launching the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategy 2019-22, along with our Action Plan. 

The key aims of the EDI strategy are:

  • Continue to focus on improving the numbers of under-represented groups across all levels of the university.
  • Aim to improve the educational achievement for all protected groups.
  • Ensure a more inclusive curriculum and culture.

We see diversity as a strength which should be encouraged, celebrated and promoted across our staff and student communities.

To find out more about the actions we will take view the full strategy and action plan.

Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month – May 2019

Deaf Awareness Week takes place between 6 and 12 May and with this in mind we have chosen Mat Gilbert as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.

Mat is a professional rugby union player currently playing for Hartpury College RFC.  Mat joined Hartpury from Worcester Warriors, having also played for Bath Rugby, the Scarlets and Modigliano (Italy).   

Apart from being an experienced player, Mat is unusual in that he has achieved all of this despite being severely deaf – he has played for the England Deaf team on numerous occasions and is tireless in his efforts to encourage more opportunities for deaf children to get involved in the sport.

Mat is a long-serving ambassador for the charity Action for Hearing Loss.  He supports many fundraising events across the UK and has been the guest speaker at the charity’s annual Christmas Carol Concert.

To find out more about Deaf Awareness Week see here

To find out more about Action for Hearing Loss

Join our Staff Networks

Dear Colleagues

Would you like to have a say in how the University:

  • Promotes equality, diversity and inclusion     
  • Celebrates the diversity of its staff and students
  • Shapes its recruitment approaches to support diversity
  • Develops its training offer to support staff to advance their careers
  • Develops and delivers teaching and learning to students from diverse backgrounds

If yes, then how about joining one of our Staff Networks. We are particularly keen for staff to join these Staff Networks: Disability, Faith and Women’s Network.

Regular Staff Network meetings will be held and will focus on planning work that helps promote diversity and inclusion across the University. These networks will have a direct communication channel to Senior Management through the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.


If you are interested in being a part of any of these inspiring groups, please contact Naseer Ahmad in the EDI Team on:

Best Regards

Gail Brindley

Director of Human Resources

‘LGBT shelter means I can be myself’


The UK’s first permanent homeless shelter for LGBT people has opened in London. The BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme met residents, who explained why having a dedicated facility was so important.

About one in four homeless people is thought to be LGBT.

But Chabahn, who became homeless last year aged 51, said it was very, very, dangerous to be open about being LGBT on the streets.

“In some places where I stayed you could hear it in some people’s conversation – it’s almost hatred and it’s almost disgust, in their jokes and their conversation,” he said.

In fact, he said, he had heard that in one hostel, four men had been raped because it had been discovered that they had been gay. More