The majority of staff at the University
identified as heterosexual, with another 31% choosing not to
disclose their sexual orientation. 4.6% of staff identified
as lesbian, gay, bisexual or other.
Currently data does not exist on the picture
across higher education as the University is an early adopter of
workforce monitoring relating to sexual orientation (although this
is changing with the introduction of a national requirement for
No surveys have yet collected data from a
large enough sample to provide a precise estimate of the size of
the LGB population, and many people choose not to answer the
question about sexual identity. Stonewall have suggested a
benchmark figure for the LGB population in the UK as 6%. This
figure was drawn up by government actuaries in HM Treasury when the
Civil Partnership Act was being introduced.