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Keele University is an open and integrated community where we strive to be a place where learning, living and working is a positive experience for all. University can be a great time to explore and understand your sexuality and gender identity. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans students are a vibrant and active community at Keele and are supported by the University's Dignity and Respect agenda promoting diversity
Keele University strives to be a place where learning, living and working is a positive experience for all. Equality and Diversity is a core value here at Keele and the University’s Equality and Diversity strategy sets out our key priorities including policy initiatives, staff training and awareness-raising activities across the University to support LGBT staff, students and applicants.
Equality and Diversity has a dedicated website. The information is located via http://www.keele.ac.uk/hrss/equalitydiversity/equalityanddiversitysupport/
Support at Keele
At Keele we offer a range of services to help students who are struggling with personal and emotional issues. We have specialist advisers who are available to talk to you and help via face to face appointments, email and telephone.
The Student Money and Welfare Team can offer advice and guidance on a range of different issues that you may face at University. If you would like to speak to an adviser you can contact them by phone, email or attend one of the daily drop-in services.
Counselling and Mental Health Support
University can be an exciting time but it can also bring with it stress and challenge. The Counselling and Mental Health service offers a team of experienced counsellors who can support you during your time at University if you need it.
Disability and Dyslexia Support
If you have a disability, including specific learning difficulties or mental health and wellbeing issues, the Disability and Dyslexia Support Team can advise on a wide range of support to meet your individual needs. It is a good idea to contact the team before you arrive at Keele University to discuss any support you may need.
Keele Health Centre
Keele has its own GP surgery on campus. Keele Practice serves the whole of the Keele University campus, Keele village and certain areas in Newcastle. Keele Practice offers a full general practice service and runs specialist clinics such as contraceptive services: oral, depo, long acting reversible contraceptive implant, condoms, travel/occupational vaccinations including Yellow Fever, sexual health and full STI screening available.
For more information or to register as a patient visit www.keelepractice.co.uk
Support on your course
All students at Keele are allocated a personal tutor who is a single point of contact on your course. Your personal tutor can provide advice, support and general guidance on academic and non-academic issues. With your permission the dedicated LGBT contact can liaise with your personal tutor to ensure we provide the right support for you.
Careers Advice and Support
The Careers and Employability Service is available to all students. As a lesbian, gay, transgender or bisexual student, however, you can also access targeted resources and opportunities that might be valuable for your career planning and progression.
The Students’ Union Elected Officers are elected to serve the student population and can be accessed for advice and support.
The Students' Union's ASK service also offers free, confidential, non-judgemental and impartial advice and support.
The LGBT society is a vibrant and very active part of the Students’ Union and Keele campus. Welcoming all LGBT and ‘supporter’ students, it runs weekly socials along with many one-off events such as an International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, a Eurovision party, film nights, equal marriage campaigns and many more. The LGBT society was heavily involved with running Keele’s activities during LGBT History Month. See the LGBT website for details.
If you are transgender and are a student at Keele or are thinking of studying at Keele then be reassured the University offers a sensitive and confidential support service where you can discuss how you feel about your identity and how you could make any changes whilst at the University.
Based on our comprehensive Transgender Policy, our ethos is to be led by your feelings and needs and to assist you in managing your identity through your transition. We have a dedicated contact in the Student Welfare Team who you can talk to as and when it suits you.
If you contact us, we recognise you may only wish to discuss your initial thoughts, or you may already be living in your acquired identity - whatever your situation we will work with you to manage your University identity and records and make changes when needed as well as supporting you through the challenges you may face.