ERIC Number: EJ838793
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
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Diversity and Inclusivity at University: A Survey of the Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Students in the UK
Ellis, Sonja J.
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning, v57 n6 p723-739 Jun 2009
The extent to which UK universities are "gay friendly" has received some attention in the press. Whilst there are a number of published studies exploring campus climate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) students and/or staff, these are primarily localised studies undertaken in State Universities and Baccalaureate Colleges in the US. The present study is a nationwide UK study of campus climate, based on survey data collected from a sample of 291 LGBT students from 42 universities across the UK. The findings show that despite the increased implementation of an equality agenda (e.g. equal access; widening participation) in UK Higher Education, homophobia on campus is still a significant problem and therefore universities are not perceived nor experienced by LGBT students as "safe spaces" in which to be open about sexual orientation/gender identity. The implications of the findings for university policy and practice in relation to LGBT (and indeed all) students is also explored.
Descriptors: Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Educational Environment, Social Bias, College Students, Student Experience, Student Attitudes, Student Diversity, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, National Surveys, Student Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom