LGBT+ Students

Glasgow Caledonian University is an inclusive university that welcomes and values diversity. LGBT+ identities are recognised and celebrated at GCU, and our support services are inclusive and welcoming for LGBT+ students from all backgrounds.

Our Dignity at Work and Study Policy was created to ensure that every student is treated with dignity and respect and feels valued and safe. 

We have a zero tolerance approach to any discrimination against students and staff and would encourage people to speak to the Student Wellbeing Adviser or to staff in the Advice Centre if they feel they have been treated wrongly or unfairly.

We have also created a Trans Student Support Policy and a named contact person who can support gender diverse students throughout their time at GCU. Please see our Trans Support Section for details of what to do if you need to update your student record or request flexibility from staff. This also includes information for staff members supporting students.

We understand that life as a student can be very challenging sometimes and that some LGBT+ students can face additional challenges, such as coming to terms with their sexuality and/or gender identity, telling family and friends, managing reactions and/or dealing with homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

We have listed some services that can really help if you are facing some of these challenges.

Please see our section on Estranged Students if you no longer have contact with your parents and want to find out about how GCU can support you.

We have also included links to LGBT+ organisations, important dates, educational materials and literature around LGBT+ History – please let us know of anything you would like to see added to this section.

LGBT+ Covid-19 Support

The LGBT Foundation have released a document on how the LGBT+ community is disproportionally impacted by Covid-19

Stonewall Scotland compiled a list of organisations providing support to LGBT people during the outbreak.

LGBT+ Health are hosting a series of online pride events.

GCUSA LGBT+ Liberation Group

GCUSA LGBT+ Liberation Group - Here to give GCU LGBT+ students, staff, and their allies a place where they can have fun, meet new people and campaign on the issues that matter most.

Student Wellbeing Adviser

Student Wellbeing Adviser - The Wellbeing Adviser can help you when approaching academic staff or other people across the University and will ensure that the appropriate support and flexibility is put in place e.g. for a trans student considering transitioning.

GCUSA Advice Centre

GCUSA Advice Centre - The Advice Centre is independent from the University and provides a free, non-judgemental and confidential service to all GCU students.

Counselling Service

Counselling Service - The Counselling Service can offer you up to six sessions of counselling therapy to help you overcome any barriers you are facing. 

LGBT Youth Scotland

Provide a range of services and opportunities for LGBT Youth in Scotland. Their webpages detail the different support options available and highlight where you can get more involved in the LGBT+ community. 

LGBT Health

LGBT Health and Wellbeing promote the health, wellbeing and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Scotland. It provides support, services and information to improve health and wellbeing, reduce social isolation and stimulate community development and volunteering.

Equality Network

The Equality Network works for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality and human rights in Scotland. They are inclusive and open in their work, to challenge discrimination and to consult, involve and inform individuals for which they work.

Scottish Transgender Alliance

They assist transgender people, service providers, employers and equality organisations to engage together to improve gender identity and gender reassignment equality, rights and inclusion in Scotland. Please visit their webpages for more information. 

They have also created an 'Introductory Guide for Supporting Transgender People' which is very informative for students and staff who may be supporting someone who is transitioning. 

Stonewall Scotland

Stonewall Scotland work to improve the rights of LGBT+ people across Scotland by empowering people, transforming institutions and lobbying to change the law. 

Student Minds

This is a fantastic web resource from Student Minds with advice for the LGBT+ community.