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 Equality and Diversity strategy.
If you need any advice or guidance throughout your time at Keele there is lots of support available:
The Student Support Team can offer advice and guidance on a range of different issues that you may face at University, including personal, financial and academic difficulties. If you would like to speak to an adviser you can contact them by phone, email or live chat. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01782 734481.
Counselling and mental health
University is often a great experience, but it can also bring with it stress and challenge. The Counselling and Mental Health service can offer you one-to-one support and appointments as well as workshops and group work.
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 start your course at Keele University to discuss any support you may need and ensure any necessary adjustments can be put in place.
Keele Health Centre
Keele has its own GP surgery on campus which serves the whole of the Keele University campus, Keele village and certain areas in Newcastle. For more information or to register as a patient please visit their website.
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 in Student Support 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, bisexual or transgender student, 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 LGBTQ+ society is a vibrant and very active part of the Students’ Union and Keele campus. The main aim of Keele LGBTQ+ society aims to create a confidential, safe and secure space for members of the LGBTQ+ community, and allies who may not define at LGBTQ+. You can find out more about the LGBTQ+ society on their KeeleSU webpage.
If you are transgender and are a current student at Keele, or are thinking of studying at Keele, then be reassured that 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 Support 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.
If you would like to speak to Student Support, please get in touch.
Tel: 01782 734481
Stand Alone is a charity that supports people who are estranged from their families and can provide advice and support.
They also offer support groups across the country that provide a non-judgemental space where you can share thoughts and experiences with others in a similar position together. For more information click here.
If you would like to attend a Stand Alone support group but may require support with travel expenses please contact email@example.com.