LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) staff working overseas

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2016 Higher Education Service Group Conference
4 November 2015
Carried as Amended

Conference recognises over the last 10 years there has been a massive growth in UK University’s opening overseas facilities, UK Universities are also increasingly involved in offshore campus partnerships.

Conference believes that working overseas can be beneficial, both professionally and personally, for the members involved and can provide a new and challenging context for teaching, research and administration.

However, Conference believes the process must be underpinned by two basic principles:

1)Mobility must be freely chosen

2)Mobility must be adequately supported by the employer

Conference recognises that the UK has moved forward over the last decade around LGBT rights, which are enshrined in the Equality Act.

Conference also recognises that people around the world face violence & inequality and sometimes torture, even execution just because of who they love, how they look or who they are. Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral aspects of who we are and should never lead to discrimination or abuse.

Conference calls for the Higher Education Service Group to work with the LGBT National Committee to develop specific guidance for LGBT UNISON members working overseas in Higher Education.