Today, students are paying more than ever before to go to university. Understandably, getting the best return for their money is an important factor when choosing where and what to study.
Quite rightly, all students want high quality teaching and facilities and a wide range of courses. But for gay applicants finding a gay-friendly university creates an additional challenge. While many lesbian, gay and bisexual students have a positive and welcoming university experience, recent research has shown that almost half have also experienced negative treatment from students because of their sexual orientation. More than three in five would be uncomfortable ‘coming out’ to their tutor.
Information about what universities actually do to support their lesbian, gay and bisexual students has all too often not been available to prospective students, leaving them unsure of what to expect. That’s why Gay By Degree is based solely on information already in the public domain, so that prospective students can make an informed choice about where to study.
Stonewall has worked with students to identify ten key things that unis should be doing to offer lesbian, gay and bisexual students the most positive experience possible. Gay By Degree 2013 also includes information on a range of careers and profiles of graduates – a reminder to all of us that all lesbian, gay and bisexual people should be able to fulfil every ounce of their professional potential.
We hope this guide will help you in making up your mind about where to apply. Good luck with your application and do let us know how you find your uni when you get there.
Very best wishes from everyone at Stonewall.