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Supporting our LGBTQ+ students

At ARU we're committed to being, and growing, a safe and inclusive LGBTQ+ community. We recognise that we need to learn, unlearn, challenge, and support the growth of communities around us.

What we're doing

  • Creating pronoun awareness through encouraging the use of pronouns across the ARU community and displaying these as physical and digital badges.
  • Ensuring your name is correctly used from the first time you interact with us and throughout your whole student journey.
  • Recognising your needs with a Gender Expression Fund established by ARU Students' Union to ease the financial burden of gender identity transition.
  • Publishing a Trans Equality Policy which outlines out our commitment to supporting trans and non-binary staff and students in our community.
  • Educating our ARU community through our Unlearning Lightbulb events and initiatives like our LGBTQ+  alphabet campaign to raise awareness of gender and sexual identity.
  • Making a difference through research, including our LGBTQ+ Research Group and REF projects.
  • Supporting our LGBTQ+ communities as lead sponsors at Cambridge and Essex Pride. We’re #ARUProud: come and meet our staff and students there!
  • Working closely with our Students' Union through which you can join existing student societies and meet other LGBTQ+ students and allies, or start a new society and grow your own community based on your identity or area of interest.
  • Ensuring LGBTQ+ voices are heard through our student reps who speak and act for your interests on the Students' Union Executive Committee.
  • Treating everyone in our community with dignity and respect with clear advice and guidance on harassment support. You can report an incident and have the option of doing this anonymously.
  • Celebrating #OurPeople by sharing their stories (you can read some below).


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Cambridge and Essex Pride

This summer we're sponsoring Pride events in our cities of Cambridge and Chelmsford. Join us, and enjoy a day of celebration, music and performance.

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Unlearning Lightbulb

In Cambridge we're hosting an Unlearning Lightbulb event exploring the intersections between race, gender, and class. The event is free and everyone's welcome.

Book your free place

Our people

Research at ARU