Monday 07 June 2021

Diversity In Student Accommodation - Understanding LGBTQ issues, barriers and terminology

10am – 1pm

Online via Zoom

Suitable for: Staff working in privately provided student accommodation and the Higher Education Sector who need to understand the key issues, barriers and challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community.



The percentage of the UK population aged 16 – 24 that identifies as LGBT has increased to 4.4% (2018), up from 3.3% in 2015, and there is a growing plurality of LGBTQ+  identity and culture within Higher education and living in student accommodation. Yet Stonewell’s own research from 2018 concluded that two in five LGBT students (42 percent) had hidden their identify when at university, and it is clear that this community still face overt and less obvious difficulties when moving away to university.

Accommodation providers need to comply with the Equality Act 2010, but more than that we want to provide safe, harmonious environments for the multiplicity of young people we house.  However, as accommodation managers, on a personal level it can feel difficult or confusing to know how best to support LGBTQ+ students, provide a safe and welcoming environment, and discuss problems when they do arise.

This session from Unipol Training will:

  • Go back to basics and consider appropriate language and terminology within the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Look at some of the impacts of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia can have on LGBTQ+ people.
  • Consider and challenge some of the stereotypes that exist

Delegates will leave the session with:

  • An understanding of the key issues, barriers and challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community
  • An understanding of the impact of negative language, stereotyping and behaviours
  • An understanding of good practice in this area and how to ensure that services are inclusive and safe for all residents

This is an interactive session where delegates will be encouraged to ask questions and discuss this evolving area without fear of ‘saying the wrong thing’. Spaces will be limited to 25 delegates.­

Previous feedback about this session:

“Rosie is really welcoming and puts people at their ease to ask the questions they may be confused  or embarrassed to ask. I came away with a much better understanding of appropriate terminology and changing attitudes in this area”



Rosie Ellingham, Yorkshire MESMAC

Rosie has worked for Yorkshire MESMAC since 2013. Her background has been working with LGBT+ young people, whether that's 121 work, youth groups, or workshops and assemblies in schools. She now delivers training to a wide range of services, from schools, to social workers, to residential care homes for older people. Her passion is in helping services to create safe and inclusive spaces for LGBT+ communities to use with confidence. She loves working with people from all walks of life and see them be confident in who they are, whether that is with their sexual orientation, gender identity, or sexual health status.

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