St George’s, University of London, has been named in a prestigious list of the Top 50 best employers for equality in the UK.

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The Workplace Equality Index is run by a national equality organisation by the charity Stonewall and showcases the achievements of employers submitting to achieve fair treatment for all.

Among educational institutions St George’s secured Number 5 place in the UK and achieved an impressive 47th place overall nationally.

Sophie Bowen, University Secretary and Director of Academic Administration and Quality, said: “We are delighted that our commitment to supporting our staff has been recognised.  St George’s has worked with Stonewall to engage staff at all levels of the organisation including our governing body and the benefits for our staff, and for our students, are significant.”

And the Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2015 is the definitive list of Britain's most gay-friendly workplaces.

Dr John Hammond, member of the LGBT staff network and chair of the Equality and Diversity Committee said: “Through changes to policy and practice, briefing events and initiatives such as the ‘Banter can hurt’ campaign St George’s has worked hard to provide an environment where staff and students are able to be themselves.

“Personally as a gay man, I am proud to be working in place that is inclusive and that it is now recognised nationally. It is also great to see that all our efforts have been recognised by our significant improvement from top 250 to top 50 in just one year.”

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall, said: “A massive congratulations to all those who took part in the index this year and well done to those who secured a place in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers list.

“We’re proud to work with all of you.”

More than 50,000 employees in various industries and sectors took part participated in the survey making it one of the largest national employment surveys ever conducted in Britain.

The index involves ten areas of employment policy and practice including employee policy, training, and career development.

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