Middlesex University says it is delighted to be awarded 154th place out of 445 employers in the 2019 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index.
The Workplace Equality Index is the definitive benchmarking tool for employers to measure their progress on lesbian, gay, bi and trans inclusion in the workplace.
At MDX, staff and students have been working hard together to develop and improve everyone’s experiences of diversity and inclusion at work. Through collaboration with the MDXSU, the LGBT + Everybody Else forum and colleagues and students across the university, MDX, a member of Stonewall’s Global Diversity Champions programme, has climbed 24 places from last year’s Index, in an even more competitive cohort of institutions comprising major financial services institutions, law firms and a large cross section of public and tertiary sector employers.
The assessment feedback gave particular praise for MDX’s contribution to the wider community and the LGBT+ Everybody Else forum events.
Stonewall’s Higher Education Account Manager Esme Duggleby said: “This is a really strong position within the ranking, so we commend you on your impressive efforts.”
Placement within the Index is based on participating employers demonstrating their work in 10 areas of employment policy and practice, as well as anonymous survey feedback from staff about their experiences of diversity and inclusion at work. Organisations then receive their scores, enabling them to understand what’s going well and where they need to focus their efforts, as well as see how they’ve performed in comparison with their sector and region. The 100 best-performing organisations are celebrated publicly.
Anna Kyprianou, MDX’s Executive lead for promoting diversity, said: “I am immensely proud of the commitment and genuine passion for equality and diversity shown by colleagues across the University, especially from those who have formed, developed and supported fora such as our LGBT + Everyone Else Forum. Our recent Stonewall Workplace Equality Index placing is a well-deserved external recognition of the positive strides we are making to drive equality across the whole University.
“Though there is always more to do to ensure that Middlesex is a truly diverse, equal and welcoming learning and work community – we are clearly on the right path towards recognising, valuing and celebrating our diversity.”