Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month

Diabetes Awareness Week takes place from 10 – 16 June and with this in mind we have chosen Jonny Labey as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.

Jonny is a supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation having been diagnosed himself with type 1 diabetes at the age of 15.

Jonny is an actor and dancer making his TV acting debut as popular EastEnders character Paul Coker where he was able to include type 1 in his character’s storyline.

But his greatest passion in life is dancing. He’s been a dancer since he was 5 years old and graduated from the prestigious Doreen Bird College of Performance, one of the University’s partner colleges. Since then he has gone on to win ITV’s Dance Dance Dance and he’s also played the lead role as Scott Hastings in Baz Luhrmann’s West End hit musical Strictly Ballroom.

In his spare time he runs a blog Know Your Type, where he interviews people from all walks of life on their experiences and tips for managing the condition.

Jonny has supported many JDRF fundraising events including The Secret Garden Dinner and Pro-Celebrity Golf days. He also works with them to inspire young people to overcome obstacles caused by type 1 and to follow their dreams:

“Everyone with type 1 diabetes should have the self-belief they can achieve whatever they want in life.”

To find out more about JDRF see here

To find out more about Diabetes Awareness Week see here

Gay penguins join Pride at London Zoo

Penguins in same-sex relationships at London Zoo have had their beach transformed as they prepare to celebrate Pride next week.

Banners reading “some penguins are gay, get over it” have been propped up at the beach, home to the zoo’s most famous gay couple, Ronnie and Reggie.

The pair in 2015 famously adopted a chick abandoned by another couple.

London Pride-inspired Zoo Nights will start on 5 July.

The signage honouring Stonewall’s Get Over It campaign will be erected at the 93-strong penguins’ beach in Regent’s Park.

Ronnie and Reggie, a couple since 2014, live on the beach with fellow gay couples Nadja and Zimmer and Dev and Martin. More

BAME appointments: Welsh Government ‘must do more’

The number of people from minority ethnic backgrounds appointed to roles in public life in Wales is not good enough, a senior minister has said.

In 18 months, out of 170 appointments to public bodies by Welsh ministers, fewer than six were from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

Health Minister Vaughan Gething said the Welsh Government was looking again at the public appointments process.

Ministers recognised “that there is something to do”, he said. More

HR Bulletin No 19.3 – 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 five Staff Networks: Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), LGBT+, Disability, Faith and Women’s Network.

Regular Staff Network meetings are being held and focus on planning work that helps promote diversity and inclusion across the University. These networks 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:

For LGBT+ network contact Paul Nicholson-Lewis on:

Best Regards

Gail Brindley

Director of Human Resources