The student union is open to all students at the university, it's not only a place to socialise and party but also an organisation that supports and represents students throughout their time studying at Winchester. All union staff and executive officers (student representatives) are fully trained in equality and diversity, they have a designated Equality and Diversity Officer and a society for LGBT* students.
Telephone: 01962 827415
The Spectrum society for students meets weekly, have their own facebook page and organises a range of events (socials, coffee afternoons, outings etc.) – not to mention organising the first Hampshire Pride parade through the streets of Winchester to celebrate LGBT History Month with the local community.
The parade left from the university on 25th February 2015, after a captivating speech by Vice Chancellor Professor Joy Carter, the colourful parade of rainbow flags saw students and staff of the university joined by colleagues from Hampshire County Council and local residents walking through town and to the Hampshire Pride Market Place at the Discovery Centre. In the evening The Railway Inn a local 'inclusive' venue which has previously supported the Spectrum Society events held a cabaret of acts as part of a Post-Pride Party. The student society are already working with other member of the community to develop future Hampshire Pride event and contribute to the Hampshire Alliance LGBT* Convention.
They also have good links with other local university LGBT* societies and college Gay Straight Alliance groups, having delivered talks on 'Being an LGBT* student at university' for local college diversity fairs.
If as an LGBT* student you feel you need additional support, help or advise throughout your time at Winchester, student services will be your first port of call. Student Services offers information, advice and guidance to students in many ways including; support for disabled students, counselling, health advice and support, study skills and student advice, including money matters. The student services team have all been trained in how to support LGBT* students through training offered by Stonewall. The training helped the team to understand and identify specific challenges LGBT* students might face and how to support them through those challenges.
Visit: The Zone, Main Building, KA Campus.
Phone: 01962 827341
The careers service at Winchester provide careers advice to all students and are able to offer advice about finding LGBT positive employers, disclosing your sexual orientations when marketing yourself to employers and information about your rights in the workplace around sexual orientation issues. They also promote events such as Careers Week and Diversity Week at the university, holding information stand on 'gay-friendly' employers and rights around LGBT* issues in the workplace.
Visit: MB 6
Phone: 01962 827310
LGBT* students in Education, Health and Social Care
The years spent preparing for a professional role in the community can be exciting, fulfilling and demanding. For a member of the LGBT* community, however, that first step across the threshold at the beginning of a placement can have additional stresses beyond the professional and academic worries that are a part of being a student in the EHSC faculty. There are questions about visibility, the appropriateness of disclosure to staff and children/clients, how to respond to homophobic attitudes, and even (on rare occasions) homophobic abuse. The Spectrum EHSC Student Forum provides a space for these discussions with professionals and academic staff to help support LGBT* students on their placements and entering the workplace.