We understand the terrible impact that conversion therapy has on individuals and would like to reiterate that the University unreservedly condemns this practice. We are also unequivocal that conversion therapy, where the aim is to change a person's sexual orientation or to suppress gender identity, is unethical, degrading, and harmful.
As a University we celebrate and value diversity and embrace a community where people feel comfortable and accepted for who they are, and we believe that society is richer when it is inclusive.
We recognise the distress that the recent BBC article about conversion therapy has had on some members of our community. While we are unable to comment on the specifics of an individual case, we appreciate the need to explore more broadly the activities surrounding the historical practice of conversion therapy in our university. We have therefore committed to undertaking research and engagement over the coming months to better understand this, working with our community.
We would also like to remind staff and students of the support services that are available for anyone affected by this.
Our PAUSE team are available on campus, online and on the phone to support students. You can drop-in and talk to a wellbeing practitioner or contact the service directly.
Support that is available throughout the vacation period: Student Space is a dedicated resource for student mental health and wellbeing, with resources, advice and someone to talk to.
The Rainbow Network offers informal discussion.
The Harassment Advice Service has an advisor trained to help with LGBTQ issues.
For the LGBT Community:
Switchboard is a national LGBT+ advice service with excellent resources, chat, phone and e-mail support available.
Birmingham LGBT is a community support resource that offers wellbeing support.
Professor Robin Mason Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) and UEB lead for LGBT+ equality
Professor Jo Duberley, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion