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Download this file (Education Beyond the Straight and Narrow.pdf)Education Beyond the Straight and Narrow[Archive copy hosted by UK Trans Info]
Access this URL (http://www.nus.org.uk/Global/lgbt-research.pdf)Education Beyond the Straight and Narrow[Link to copy hosted by National Union of Students]

Brief Summary

This research, the first of its kind, explores the experience of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) students in higher education, focusing specifically on their everyday life on campus, their access to different services and factors that influence success and course completion. This report draws on a national survey of more than 4,000 respondents from 80 higher education institutions in the UK that was conducted between February and March 2014. It also comprises case studies from the universities of Bangor, Nottingham, Manchester Metropolitan, University College London, the University of London and from an online focus group with trans students.

Extract from Report

Over the last 40 years the NUS LGBT Campaign has come a long way in terms of legislative change and public perception of LGBT issues.

However many LGBT people continue to feel isolated in education and society. Many suffer mental health and financial issues and all too often we hear cases of LGBT students leaving education as an indirect result of their identity.

We have never commissioned such in-depth research into the specific experiences and attainment of LGBT students in Higher Education. This research confirms our fears about the impact of estrangement, discrimination and coming out on LGBT students.

This report evidences the role LGBT societies have for LGBT students, combining a social, welfare and campaigning role. We know that they are often under resourced in comparison to the impact they play on student’s retention and attainment. This research shows that investing in LGBT provision will pay dividends in terms of the experience and involvement of students within the students’ union and university.

This research should be seen as an initial step, as the evidence we need to lobby and campaign for change in universities and that the plight of LGBT students can no longer be ignored. It also highlights the difference in experiences that LGB and trans students have, and it is the responsibility of LGBT societies and officers to educate others on trans issues.

We hope that this work spurs on research into the experiences of students in further education. We hope that students’ unions and institutions rise to the challenge of proactively supporting LGBT students.

This report is the first step for many in understanding and working with LGBT students to change the world around them for the better, and the NUS LGBT
campaign will be with you every step of the way.

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