All posts by Liz Laurence

FREE Diversity Careers Show – 18 October 2012

Square Peg Media in partnership with Stonewall, is proud to present the UK’s biggest, most exciting diversity specific careers event showcasing the UK’s most influential and inclusive recruiters.

This is a FREE event for all job and internship seekers on Friday 19 October 2012.

PLUS CV Clinics, Seminars and Training, Networking sessions and an exclusive student-only zone.

For more info and to sign up see here:

Students! Improve your employability prospects with the online Equality and Diversity training


Improve your employability prospects with the online ‘Equality and Diversity Essentials’ training.

With recent changes in legislation, employers are now more than ever looking for staff who can demonstrate their commitment to equality and diversity.

Hosted through Moodle, the course is available via the portal under the ‘Student Support’ tab or directly

Complete online and add value to your CV!

Wednesday 20th June is National Sharing Day

Wednesday 20th June is National Sharing Day, founded by The People Who Share ( It is an opportunity to celebrate all things sharing, with mass sharing events all across the country. Events planned include communities sharing household goods in Liverpool, primary school children book sharing in Brighton and a Great Skills Share in London and much, much more. It’s all about lots of people coming together, finding ways to save money, make friends and help the planet while having fun!

The TES are taking part and donating money to UNICEF for everyone who participates – find out more at

For other ways to share, you can also visit

There‘s only two weeks left to consult on marriage for same-sex couples

There‘s only two weeks left until the government consultation on extending the legal form of marriage to same-sex couples closes. The proposal was not included in the recent Queen’s Speech but Stonewall is lobbying the government to press ahead with implementing this promise in the next 12 months in any case. Now’s the time to make your voice heard if you haven’t already done so. 

You can visit for details of how to respond to the consultation and tell the government why equal marriage matters to you.   

Olympic and Paralympic Posters

A lovely colleague of mine has just told me about the 12 new Olympic and paralympic posters designed by various artists, so I thought I would share the link (via CNN) for those of you, like me, who have not seen them:

See the official London 2012 site for more info:

All aboard for equal marriage!

A message from Ben Summerskill, Chief Executive

We’re delighted that the Government has finally launched the long-awaited consultation on its intention to extend the legal form of marriage to same-sex couples.

Stonewall has submitted our detailed response and we’re now urging all supporters of equality in this area to make their voice heard by responding themselves.

Just visit our website – – to find details of how you can respond too.

To support the campaign, throughout April 1,000 London buses are carrying adverts featuring our iconic ‘Some People Are Gay. Get Over It!’ message and details of Stonewall’s equal marriage campaign website. To make sure the message isn’t confined to the streets of London, we’re also asking supporters to tweet pictures of buses carrying the advert using the hashtag #equalmarriage or to post them on our recently relaunched Facebook page.

We’ve all seen a vitriolic response from some politicians and clerics over the past few weeks in response to these modest proposals. Together we can make sure our voices are heard loud and clear.

Stonewall guest seminar – Thur 22 Mar

As part of Celebrate Difference and Diversity Week, we were delighted to welcome Charlie Wheeler-Quinnell from Stonewall,  the lesbian, gay and bisexual charity

Charlie gave an interesting lecture, highlighting amongst many other things that it is only since 2003 that the law changed making it unlawful to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation in the workplace. She told us about some of the great work Stonewall are doing in campaigning at ‘home, school and work’ for lesbian, gay and bisexual people, and some of the reports they have commissioned. 

The university is signed up to the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme to support LGB staff, and Charlie was explaining why how important this ongoing committment is and how Stonewall is helping us become an employer of choice.

We are hoping to engage with the staff and student LGB groups to consult on what is needed – work will be commencing on this soon. For more information or to input into this area of work, please feel free to email Karen Weaver, Equality and Diversity Champion via

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