The University’s Doctoral College hosted ‘LGBT+ Research at Loughborough’ earlier this month and the showcase has been hailed a huge success.
The three-hour-long event highlighted the work being carried out by a range of researchers and academics and featured a series of presentations.
In addition, Doctoral Researchers from De Montfort University and the University of Nottingham presented their work as did Professor Niko Besnier, a visiting academic from the University of Amsterdam.
The talks explored topics such as transgender in sport, LGBT+ in construction, and the experiences of LGBT+ asylum seekers and refugees in the UK.
Event organiser Dr Katryna Kalawsky, of the Doctoral College, said: “This new and exciting multi-disciplinary event showcased some of the inspiring work conducted by a wide range of our researchers and academics.
“It also celebrated diversity and promoted equality and inclusion; something which is of utmost importance to Loughborough.
“Attendance and engagement from staff and students across the University was staggering and there was certainly a real-buzz of interest during and following the event.
“We’ve had amazing feedback; one attendee said it gave them a greater insight into LGBT+ matters, and another said it’s prompted them to think about undertaking research on LGBT+ issues which is just fantastic.”
‘LGBT+ Research at Loughborough’ was attended by a wide range of students and staff as well as members of the University’s Senior Management team.
Commenting on the day, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Enterprise Professor Tracy Bhamra said: “The LGBT+ research event enabled colleagues to share their research and ideas to a wide audience.
“Feedback received from attendees clearly showed that the event provided an opportunity for them to make connections and broaden their LGBT+ community #lborofamily.
“The event also enabled people to think about the broader LGBT+ issues, to understand that everyone feels supported, comfortable and safe in being themselves.
“I am sure our staff and student groups across the University will continue to build connections so that LGBT+ people are able to share and be part of a diverse and positive community.”
Staff and students can view presentations and recordings from the day on LEARN.