Counselling Service


Sexuality refers to all aspects of sexual behaviour. Physiology, psychology and social factors all play a part in determining who attracts us and how we attract others. It’s complicated and sexuality defies neat classification. So lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender become approximate labels for what is an intensely personal experience of sexuality. Hence the catch-all Q, for ‘queer’ or ‘questioning’ that we now see at the end of the LGBT acronym.

Knowing your sexual orientation and feeling proud and happy about it comes easily to some people from an early age. For others it emerges much later and can be a difficult and, or, confusing process.

Common problems include coming out to yourself and coming out to others. Talking through the issues, your feelings and your experiences, is often critically important and there are plenty of places to get help.

The University’s commitment to “providing an environment free from discrimination, bullying, harassment or victimisation, where all members of its community are treated with respect and dignity” is set out in its Equality and Diversity policy. The University understands nonetheless that discrimination exists and that LGBT students can face difficulties in feeling they are equal participants in university life and experience barriers to succeeding in higher education. The LGBT Staff Network and LGBTQ Society work hard to address these and many other problems and the Counselling Service is part of the wider network of support. The University has participated in Stonewall's Employer Index for workplace equality for the past five years and, in 2015, was ranked 43rd of the top 100.

Report and Support

We're committed to making the University a safe and welcoming place to work, study and live. We are all responsible for standing up to bullying or harassment, wherever we see it.

If you feel you are the victim of bullying or harassment, or if you know someone who is, you can report it - anonymously if you wish - using the online Report and Support system. If you choose, you will be contacted by a trained adviser who can get you the right support you need.

Report and Support link

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