University Services

The University has several departments which provide specific services to staff, and each of these departments have affirmed their commitment to LGBT inclusivity below. This page also contains links to further information about the services on offer, and we encourage all Rainbow Network members to make use of the services that would be beneficial to them. 


People and Organisational Development (POD) run a variety of training courses for staff, including several Leadership Programmes.

Kate Crane

Head of HR, People and Organisational Development (POD)

“The team at People and Organisational Development are committed to helping all staff at the University to succeed and fulfil their potential, and LGBT staff are warmly encouraged to attend our training courses and find out how we can support their professional development. Several courses that POD facilitate reflect our support of Equality and Diversity, including Unconscious Bias and Recruitment & Selection. All staff are also expected to complete an online ‘Diversity in the Workplace’ training course which includes sections about LGBT staff. The University is strengthened by having diversity at all levels of the organisation, which is why we encourage LGBT staff to enrol on our various Leadership programmes and gain the confidence and skills to successfully progress through their career.”

POD also run an Aditi Leadership Programme aimed at BAME staff.


UBSport oversee the sport and exercise clubs and classes on offer to staff, students, and the wider community. They are responsible for the new 360 Sports and Fitness centre, which has suitable facilities for LGBT staff and a welcoming environment for all of its members.

Zena Wooldridge

Director of Sport

“UBSport is a welcoming and supportive environment for all LGBT staff, students and community. It is important to us to support everyone in their pursuit of a healthy lifestyle across the whole range of sport and fitness opportunities on offer. Our staff are actively engaged in ongoing diversity training. This includes training in using appropriate language and in not making assumptions about gender identity or sexual orientation when addressing groups or individuals. Our new sport and fitness centre has gender neutral changing and toilets throughout, and we are proud to host Birmingham LGBT’s annual Pride in Sport event.”


Wellbeing Services

Wellbeing Services offer various types of support to staff and students, including confidential advice and occupational health provision.


Jean Harris

Employee Adviser, Workplace Wellbeing

“The Wellbeing Services (WS) includes the internal provisions of Employee Advice & Listening Service, Disability Advice Service, Harassment Advice Service and Mediation Service, Occupational Health, and external provisions of Citizens’ Advice and counselling through Workplace Wellness. LGBT service users are welcomed, and our aim is to treat all service users with respect and dignity irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion & belief and sexual orientation. WS are committed to providing services free from discrimination, bullying, harassment and victimisation. WS supports LGBT service users by liaising with the staff Rainbow Network to ensure our advisers have relevant training and understanding, and where possible have colleagues who identify with the LGBT community.”