The University of Roehampton and Roehampton Students’ Union prides itself on its diverse and inclusive community. We are committed to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for our students, including any student who identifies as lesbian, gay, bi, transgender and queer +.
Here at the University, there is a range of support for students and we encourage engagement with university life through activities, societies, events and representation. We recognise that LGBTQ+ students may face additional challenges during your time at university and we work hard to ensure all our services harbour inclusive practice to support all students and that we can created tailored support for your needs.
Support for LGBTQ+ Students during Covid-19
The current pandemic has created challenges for many of us, particularly for the LGBTQ+ Community. Many people are feeling isolated, anxious and even unsafe during the lockdown.
Please be reassured that there is lots of support available, not only online but also via telephone services.
London Friend are running a range of support services during this time, including a 4 week online programme to support your mental health and online support and social groups.
LGBT Switchboard have developed some helpful resources including an Emotional Wellbeing Support Pack. And you can still access support via telephone, email and online chat.
Free2b have virtual youth clubs for young people up to the age of 19, as well as offering online 1-2-1 support/mentoring. The website also has a range of resources.
Galop are an LGBTQ+ Anti Violence Charity. They are still operating their services during this time, which includes Trans Advocacy, Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence support and Hate Crime.
Albert Kennedy Trust
Albert Kennedy Trust offer support to young people to get into safe homes and employment, education or training, in a welcoming and open environment that celebrates lgbtq+ identities. Anyone who is homeless or at risk of homelessness during this time, AKT are still operating a service so
LGBT Charity Stonewall have a range of resources and links to organisations that can offer help and support during this time.
British LGBT Awards
The British LGBT Awards have developed a campaign #inthistogether, which has been supported by LGBTQ+ Celebrities and Advocates who have posted supportive video messages. They have also developed a range of resources and information to support LGBTQ+ young people during lockdown.
Virtual Pride Events
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Pride events across the country and globally have had to be cancelled or postponed. But many organisations have joined together to develop online events to support the LGBTQ+ Commuity and keep everyone connected during this time.
Global Pride – 27th June 2020
Global Pride is bringing together a whole range of organisations from across the world to provide online content, performances, speeches and more across a 24 hour period on June 27th. Join the facebook event for more information.
University Support Services
Student Wellbeing Officers
Student Wellbeing Officers offer support to LGBTQ+ students experiencing difficulties that may be affecting your wellbeing or studies. SWO’s can help support you if you are experiencing difficulties with your gender identity or sexuality, need support following estrangement from family, have concerns about your health or need some support with accessing a more specialised services including the University Mental Health Advisers, Disabilities Services and Counselling. More information on University Wellbeing Services can be found here.
Please contact your Student Wellbeing Officer for support:
Digby Stuart College
Emily Cookson-Williams – firstname.lastname@example.org
101, Erasmus House
Sophie Cutforth – email@example.com
209, Grove House
Jo Eskdale – firstname.lastname@example.org
149, Queens Building
Gloria Williamson – Gloria.email@example.com
G048, Parkstead House
University Chaplaincy Team
If you are experiencing some difficulties you faith and sexuality/gender identity, the University Chaplaincy Team can offer support. The Chaplaincy team includes representatives of the Jewish and Muslim faiths, as well as Christian chaplains based in three Colleges. The team also includes LGBT+ Liaison Associate Chaplain. The team are available to support students and staff of all faiths or none, regardless of college affiliation or faith perspective. Please visit www.roehampton.ac.uk chaplaincy for contact details and information about events or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are attending an event organised by the Students’ Union you can access support from The Bystander Intervention Team. The Bystander Intervention Team are responsible for reinforcing the University’s zero tolerance stance on sexual harassment/assault, providing a safe environment for all. The team are present at Students’ Union events, both on and off campus, and can offer support and intervention with incidents of sexual violence, including incidents that impact the LGBTQ+ Community. You will see the team wearing fluorescent blue tops and stationed at various places across the event. If you are in need of support, do speak to one of the Team or ask a member of staff from behind the bar or Security. For any further information, please do contact the Wellbeing Team.
Transitioning at University
If you identify as trans and are considering or are already in the process of transitioning gender, do get in touch with your Student Wellbeing Officer who can talk you through any steps that you or the University may need to take to support your transition.
The University’s Transgender, Non-Binary and Intersex Policy provides some guidance on support available at the University.
The Students’ Union has created a booklet to help guide students who are transitioning at university - https://www.roehamptonstudent.com/support/transguide
Hate Crime and Discrimination
If you have experienced or witnessed a hate crime or hate incident, there are a number of ways you can report this and/or report this.
Incidents of hate crime can be report to the police via 999 if it is an emergency or 101 for a non-emergency. If another student from the University or a member of staff was involved in the incident, you can make formal report of the incident to the University, to be investigated.
The University and Students’ Union has a Zero Tolerance Stance on any form of discrimination and all students and staff are protected by the University Dignity and Respect Policy and the Equality and Diversity Policy. Information on making a formal report of an incident can also be found in the University Student Complaints Procedure.
If you have been affected by any form of hate crime or discrimination and would like to access support or information about reporting an incident, do contact either your Student Wellbeing Officer or the Students’ Union.
LGBTQ+ Reading Lists and Resources
As part of the Life and Soul Collection in the Lubrary, there are some great books and online resources available - https://roehampton.rl.talis.com/programmes/rucoll_03.html
Elected Student Officers
We have two part time elected student officers whose role is to support and represent the voice of LGBTQ+ students at the University.
LGBTQ+ Officer – email@example.com
Trans Officer – firstname.lastname@example.org
Student LGBTQ+ Society
Roehampton’s LGBTQ+ Student Society exists to provide a safe and supportive network in which LGBTQ+ Students are encouraged to embrace their identity. Throughout the year events are organised, including club nights, quiz nights, informal socials monthly.
If you’ve got a LGBTQ-related issue, you’re also welcome to contact the committee who will make every effort to help you resolve it. Although there is no membership fee for the society, we kindly ask you donate when possible as it allows us to achieve and arrange more events for your benefit.
For general enquiries, all committee members are reachable via email email@example.com.
LGBT Staff Network
The University Staff LGBTQ+ Network runs a range of events across the year, including stalls for Awareness days such as Bi Visibility Day, LGBT History Month. Look out for posters around campus and events posted on the Student Portal.
Switchboard: an LGBT+ helpline based in London that can take calls from anywhere in the UK, available 10am to 11pm.
London Friend: the UK's oldest lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans charity, supporting the health and mental wellbeing of the LGBT+ community in and around London.
LGBT Foundation: advice, support and information for LGBT+ people.
Galop: If you’ve experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse, we’re here for you. We also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.
Gendered Intelligence: a not-for-profit organisation aiming to increase understanding of gender diversity, which runs youth groups and a mentoring scheme for trans people aged 13-25.
Terrence Higgins Trust: UK's leading HIV and sexual health charity. We support people living with HIV and amplify their voices, and help the people using our services to achieve good sexual health.
Albert Kennedy Trust: A leading charity supporting homeless LGBTQ+ young people.
Free2B Alliance: Based in Wandsworth and supporting LGBTQ+ Young People and Parents, Free2B offers a range of services including a 1:1 mentoring service for LGBTQ+ young people.
NAZ: NAZ offers a range of services for people to manage and maintain better sexual health. They specialise in working with people from BAME (black and ethnic minority) communities.
IMMAN: a peer support group for LGBT+ muslims that aims to help reconcile faith with sexuality and gender identity.