Both Jason and Paul were worried about settling into life at university, making new friends and being accepted for who they are.
For many students higher education offers a chance to explore new opportunities, move out of pre-existing comfort zones and determine the person who they ultimately want to become. Whilst this is an exciting prospect there will be elements that some students find daunting.
For many students, higher education offers the chance to explore new opportunities and express their true identity. Whilst this is an exciting prospect, there will be elements that some students find daunting.
Loughborough University aims to create an all-inclusive environment that lets students express their sexuality in a relaxed way, without the fear of stigmatism.
Inclusive campus community
Our campus operates a strict zero tolerance policy towards homophobic, biphobic and transphobic behaviour, and anyone who feels that this is not being respected is strongly advised to report it to Student Services or the Students’ Union.
We support a number of LGBT+ campaigns, such as Outspoken, EmbrAce, Transform, Out in Education, and Play with Pride.
Through these we hope to break down barriers for LGBT+ students and educate our wider student body on LGBT+ issues.
Watch our short film below or read our student blogs to see how Paul and Jason realised that university could offer them a diverse community in which they felt welcome.
Sport plays a significant part in life at Loughborough University and we encourage an inclusive environment in all sporting activities. We encourage all our students to get involved in extracurricular activities, meet new people and lead a healthier lifestyle, however they identify. As one of the UK’s leading sporting universities we take our responsibility to communicate the importance of appreciating diversity from across all minorities within sport very seriously.
Sport plays a significant part in life at Loughborough University and we are proactive about using it to encourage our students to get involved in extracurricular activities, meet new people and lead a healthier lifestyle. As one of the UK’s leading sporting universities we take our responsibility to communicate the importance of appreciating diversity from across all minorities within sport very seriously.
We support national campaigns such as Play with Pride and Out in Sport, as well as other non-sporting events such as Proud – a celebration of pride. Through these events we hope to break down barriers that LGBQ students face and educate our wider student body.
Additional support and information for LGBQ+ students
Supporting a student’s application to Higher Education can be a complicated and lengthy process. Our School and College Liaison team have developed a range of free resources that can be used within your own institution to help structure this process, including a range of short videos and supporting handouts.
In addition to this we also recognise the key role that parents/carers can play in the decision making process and that for some families this can be a daunting prospect. To help facilitate these conversations we have created a downloadable guide for families. If you would like to request a printed copy please contact us.
Once a student has made a successful application to Loughborough University and accepted their place via UCAS track, we will supply them with a What’s next guide. This outlines the remaining key dates associated with UCAS, details on how to choose and apply for accommodation and information on student finance packages available. It also includes a range of contact details for staff within the University who can answer any queries that a student may have in the lead up to the start of their studies with us.
Events at Loughborough University
Inspiring Minds - Throughout the course of the academic year the School and College Liaison team run the Inspiring Minds event programme. This is a series of one day taster days which allow students to experience undergraduate learning first hand through a range of taster lectures, workshops and activities. Led by our academic staff we want to give students the opportunity to explore potential degree courses associated with their favourite subject areas and to understand the potential careers that they can lead to. To find out more about the event contents or to book a student onto one of these free one day courses please click here.
Support services at Loughborough University
Loughborough University recognises that our campus is made up of diverse students, each with their own individual backgrounds and needs. In response to this our Student Services team offer a varied package of support which is easily accessible for all. Provision is divided up into key areas to allow students to easily contact the team who will be best placed to help them.
Counselling - All students are entitled to an individual, confidential assessment which will allow our team to determine the most appropriate way to support their specific circumstances.
Mental health support - Once evidence of a mental health issue has been provided students will be invited to attend an individual, confidential assessment to agree any adjustment that might be required. This may include additional time during exams, extensions on course work and helping a student to access additional funding through the Disabled Students Allowance.
Study skills support - Students can access this service to gain additional study skills support. This can include screening for specific learning differences; educational psychology reports and one to one study support when required.
Maths support - The Mathematics Learning Support Centre (MLSC) provides award-winning mathematics and statistics support. Our services are available to every Loughborough student, and last year we had over 5,400 visits by students from 19 departments.
We operate two well-resourced Centres. Students are welcome to use these as study spaces, and to use of the one-to-one drop-in help offered by experienced mathematics lecturers. Workshops are available on employers’ numeracy tests, using calculators, and mathematical computing. The Eureka Centre offers one-to-one help for students who lack confidence with mathematics or statistics
Practical and academic support - Students can access this service to gain additional support in developing their academic skills in areas such as note taking and revision. When required students can also ask for support in developing their day to day, living tasks.
Careers advice and guidance - The Careers Network offer a daily drop in service (no need to book) for any student who wishes to speak to a consultant about their future.
Students can book sessions to gain support with mock interviews, job applications/CV writing and compiling presentations for interviews.
Disability mentoring - For those in receipt of the Disabled Students Allowance or with evidence of a disability, this mentoring service provides one to one support to optimise social and academic aspects of the university experience. It ensures that all students can make the most of the opportunities being offered to them.
Confide - A service that allows students to report any instances of bullying or harassment that they may have experienced.
Warden service - For some students the thought of moving away from home and settling in to accommodation in an unfamiliar location away from family and friends can be a daunting prospect. All of Loughborough University’s halls of residence are supported by a live in Warden and their team, who provide 24 hour support in the case of emergency and general support to ease the transition of moving away from home. They aim to secure an enjoyable living environment for all students and any concerns or problems that are shared with a member of the warden team are treated in confidence.
Leaving care bursary: Care leavers are usually considered as independent students for the purpose of student finance and are often eligible for the highest levels of bursary and scholarship support.
In terms of the Loughborough Scholarship Programme, care leavers are entitled to an enhanced package of support. This includes an additional £1,500 bursary and £3,000 tuition fee waiver in each year of a standard three-year degree programme. This means could equate to up to £6,500 support a year.
This bursary is only available to those students who are under the age of 25 when registering for the start of their undergraduate degree course.
A complete overview of these services can be viewed here.
Support from Loughborough Students’ Union
Loughborough University’s award winning Students’ Union offers over 300 societies and sports teams, fundraising initiatives and volunteering opportunities. The variety on offer represents the diverse nature of our students’ interests and allows cohorts of individual with similar passions to come together. If the Students’ Union does not currently provide a society or sports team to reflect a particular area/activity, they have a process in place to help get one set up.
LGBT+ Association – The LGBT+ Association. Here to provide a support network for every student who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and all other denominations at Loughborough University, Loughborough College and the RNIB College.
Out in Education – Out in Education is a non-profit organisation established to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia at primary and secondary schools. We aim to educate children about non-heterosexual families, support young LGBT+ people coming to terms with their sexuality, and train teachers on how to organically bring LGBT+ issues into the classroom. We deliver workshops and assemblies to students throughout the Loughborough and wider Leicestershire area.
Nightline - An out of hours, confidential and anonymous listening service that provides support for students by telephone and email. Staffed by our current students, this term time service allows those with concerns to talk to one of their own peers about the changes and challenges that they may be facing.
Health and wellbeing - As part of our commitment to ensuring our students have healthy lifestyles; Loughborough Students Union run regular campaigns encourage everyone to review their eating, sleeping and exercise habits.
We also run a number of events focused on mindfulness, relaxation and methods for beating stress (which includes the opportunity to pet puppies!) to help our students cope with the pressures of academic study.
Better decisions - This campaign aims to encourage students to make better decisions, especially with regards to knowing their drinking limits and the decisions that they make once drunk. Work focuses on aspects of student safety, for example, the University operates a free night bus from the Union to their home to ensure students get home safely after a night out. Sexual health is promoted and the Union offer free contraceptives and confidential screening for STIs.
Kickstart a campaign - If students are passionate about a cause that isn’t currently represented by the Union then they are invited to launch their own via the Kickstart platform. Previous examples include campaigns looking at eating a balanced diet on a tight budget, eradicating racism and breaking down gender stereotypes.
National support services
Transgender Centre of Excellence - A local group who aim to help and support young adults who identify with the LGBQ community.
Trade - Offer online and face to face support relating to sexual health to those from the LGBQ community, including free contraceptives and confidential counselling sessions.
Stonewall – An information and support service for LGBQ communities and their allies. As part of this service students can access support with coming out and legal advice relating to hate crimes and their rights. For those who require it there is also information relating to asylum seeking and parenting rights.
UK Trans Information - A national charity focusing on improving the lives of trans and non-binary people.
LGBT Foundation - A range of professional support and advice available to anyone identifying as LGBT. A range if information is also available for those who are supporting a student within their own institution/community.