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Pride and Prejudice in Education

Wednesday 17-02-2016 - 13:28

NUS has today launched a report looking at bullying of LGBT+ staff and students.

Pride and Prejudice in Education calls on universities and colleges to improve training and support for staff, develop inclusive curricula, adopt zero tolerance for harassment, and to do more to prevent LGBT+ students from dropping out.

Produced in partnership with the Equality Challenge Unit, the Learning and Work Institute, the Skills Funding Agency, the University and College Union, and the Forum for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality in Post-School Education, the report surveyed over 1,500 people involved in post-school education.

Key findings from the report include:

  • 60 per cent of respondents had witnessed a learner acting negatively towards people because of their sexual orientation at least once. One in 10 respondents saw or heard this behaviour every day.
  • 51 per cent of lesbian and gay students and 59 per cent of non-binary students had experienced homophobic or transphobic name-calling.
  • 47 per cent of non-binary students have seriously considered dropping out of their course, compared with 35 per cent of respondents on average
  • 13 per cent had been harassed, one in 10 had been threatened or intimidated and 3 per cent had been physically assaulted.
  • 78 per cent of respondents said they did know who to go to in their place of work if they experienced bullying
  • 52 per cent of staff said that no sexual orientation or gender identity equality training was provided for staff or learners where they worked.

Robbiie Young and Fran Cowling, National Union of Students LGBT+ officers, said:

“It is deeply concerning to see how widespread the bullying and harassment of LGBT+ students is. Every student should feel safe while at college or university. They shouldn’t have to face name-calling and other bullying, or have to consider dropping out of their course because of the way they are treated by other students. NUS will be working with students’ unions to implement the recommendations in this report to create learning environments that are inclusive and welcoming for all LGBT+ students.”

Pride and Prejudice in Education can be downloaded here.

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