The NUS LGBT+ campaign has a history of initiating and supporting ground breaking research related to LGBT+ students and their unique needs and issues. Read more below.
Education Beyond the Straight and Narrow – LGBT students’ experiences in Higher Education
This highly in-depth research looks at the specific experiences of LGBT students in HE. It demonstrates the importance of LGBT societies for LGBT students which combine a social, welfare and campaigning role.This research also highlights the difference in experiences that LGB and trans students have.
This report shows that investing in LGBT provision will pay dividends in terms of the experience and involvement of students within the students’ union and university.
Out in Sport – LGBT students’ experiences of sport
We know that sport is a huge part of university and college life for many students. However many LGBT students feel excluded or uncomfortable participating in sport because of factors including the culture, structure, and physical environment.
This is an area that has only seen limited research in the past, our report looks into exactly what barriers LGBT students face in regards to their participation in sport, as well as the experiences of LGBT athletes when they do participate. You can also read our good practise case studies here.
No Place for Hate - Hate crimes and incidents in FE and HE: sexual orientation and gender identity
For many LGBT students, college and university is a time where they are able to explore and define their gender and/or sexual identities. Such an environment is destroyed when students are targeted by antisocial behaviour or crime because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
This report investigates the experiences of Hate Crimes and related incidents for FE and HE students who identify as LGBT.
- The Forum for sexual orientation and gender identity equality in post-school educationGuidance on trans equality in post-school education
Trans people face high levels of discrimination across all sectors giving FE and HE institutions an additional and significant responsibility to ensure that trans people’s needs are met and that they feel supported and safe.
This guidance created by the Forum, of which NUS LGBT+ is a partner, provides information and suggests effective approaches for ensuring that trans equality is embedded in all policies and practices in FE and HE.
The Skills Funding Agency - Research into Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Equality in Adult Learning
NUS was a part of the steering group for this research by the Skills Funding Agency, which looks at how well the FE sector is meeting the needs of LGBT learners, it also examines how students’ sexual orientations and gender identities might inform the choices they make.
Evaluating Estrangement: a report into the estrangement application process in HE student finance
This project came about as a result of LGBT students sharing their own personal experiences of being estranged from their parents through NUS LGBT+ Campaign networks. However the issue of estrangement is one that any student can face.This report, created in 2010, looks at the difficulties of accessing student finance when students are estranged from their parents in a system which uses parental income as a means test.