To ensure that all staff have fair access to development and leadership opportunities, the University of Cambridge have implemented a series of measures to address potential barriers facing LGB staff.
Following consultation with their staff network, an LGBT ‘Leadership Café’ was developed which provided staff with workshops focussing on professional development. The event was used to promote the benefits of mentoring and the impact it can have on releasing potential and building confidence. The event was widely publicised through the LGBT Staff Network and via the University’s intranet pages.
Further professional development for LGB staff was provided as part of a wider programme of training during the University’s ‘People Matter Week’. A lecture for members of the LGBT Staff Network examined authenticity in the workplace and encouraged gay staff to act as visible role models. A Diversity Careers Show which promoted development opportunities for LGB staff was also organised by the University’s Careers Service.
To ensure the uptake of development opportunities amongst LGB staff is representative, the University’s Personal and Professional Development team review the provision and uptake of training at the end of each academic year. Identified trends are then used to inform the University’s training programme for the following academic year.