Portsmouth tops gay guide to universities

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THE University of Portsmouth has won top marks for being gay-friendly by a gay, lesbian and bisexual charity.

It was just one of four universities in the UK that met all 10 criteria measured in this year’s online university guide Gay by Degrees produced by Stonewall.

Portsmouth scored on a range of points including having a policy protecting LGBT students from bullying, compulsory staff training on LGBT issues, a student LGBT society, specialised events and advice for LGBT students.

Stonewall’s summary of the university reads: ‘The LGBT society at Portsmouth regularly get together whether it’s to plan their next big event or simply because they feel the urge to go to the pub!

‘They also arrange less alcohol-fuelled fun times, some of which have included bowling, going to the cinema, going to gigs and concerts.

‘The gay scene is small but lively. The Old Vic is the oldest gay bar in town and the centre of the city’s gay scene.’

The Rev Andy Marshall, head of the university’s LGBT staff forum and a university chaplain, said: ‘We are delighted with the result. The best aspect of it is recognition that we protect our LGBT students from bullying.

‘Students and staff are made very aware of people and advisors they can turn to and who are there to support and help them. Our inclusive environment is incredibly important to us because we want all students to be themselves so they are able to excel in their studies.’