ALLOUT Member Profiles 1
ALLOUT membership currently stands at close to 200 and members are from all areas, disciplines and backgrounds. Here you can meet just a few of our members:
Nicky: I am currently Head of School Administration in the School of Materials and I have previously been Head of School Administration in two other Schools in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. I have always found the University to be a supportive of my lesbian identity. The importance of being yourself at work cannot be underestimated, not only for your own wellbeing but by allowing you to effectively engage with people in a meaningful, consistent and credible way. As a leader it’s important that people feel they are communicating with the person that you really are. We still need a diverse range of role models from the LGBT community to demonstrate that success hasn’t been restricted by an LGBT identity. In whatever role LGBT staff work at the University I would encourage LGBT staff to “come out”. You will find that the University provides a very supportive environment in which you can develop. (Nicky Snook - Head of School Administration - School of Materials)
Felicity: I work in The Faculty of Humanities Communications and Marketing Team. I’ve worked at the University for two and a half years, and feel extremely welcome here as both a gay woman and a Christian – both of which I’m very open about. Whenever I express to friends and colleagues that I am both of these things, I am met with a pleasantly surprised reaction. “I didn’t know that was possible!”, said one person. Well, I can assure you it is! I am just as welcome in my local parish church with my partner as I am at work. When we entered into a civil partnership last year, I was surprised by a bottle of champagne and a thick wad of John Lewis vouchers – presented to me as a surprise by all fifty people in my team! I have walked with great pride (there’s no better word for it) in the Manchester Pride parade with the University for the last two years, and am delighted that our place of work gives this and other LGBT events such prominence. (Felicity Wicks - Marketing Manager, Faculty of Humanities)
Kaz: I currently work in the Student Service Centre and have been working at the university for 3 years now, dealing mainly with students who have sponsorships and registration queries, I’m also the BAME officer for the universities Unison branch. As a gay man and from a minority ethnic background I find the university a supportive and diverse place to work, it’s great to be part of a workplace which celebrates diversity so well. The events which I have attended such as the inter-university LGBT quiz, have been a fantastic way of meeting staff at other universities as well as being a lot of fun, also the staff BAME network at the university is fantastic.
Melanie: I work in IT training at the University but am currently seconded to the Student Lifecycle Project. I like my job although my health issues often make it challenging! I am a disabled bisexual – or a bisexual disabled person – which ever you prefer!! I’m one of the many with ‘multiple identities’ and I think it is important to be open about mental health issues and I have done a lot of advocacy work about this through my former role of co-chair of the DSN. I have previously been involved in some activities through the LGBT Network, such as the book group, the ‘annual inter-University quiz’ and Manchester pride among other things. The many and varied activities of the group helps to keep LGBT issues visible both here and in the wider community. (Melanie Sharpe - IT Trainer, Training Team, IT Services)”
Daniel: I love working for the University and I have found working here to be a very supportive environment. I personally have been supported by being able to organise events for Manchester Pride and for the University to become a Diversity Champion. The events that have been organised as part of Manchester Pride, Pride Fringe, LGBT History Month etc. have been successful and I believe inclusive and I have discovered new friends and colleagues due to this. I believe that it’s very important that LGBT issues are visible at the University as we are a major employer as well as the home to thousands of students. It’s important to represent the diversity that exists as an employer and as an institution. It’s something we do very well and I am proud to be part of AllOut. (Daniel Taylor - Senior Training Assistant, Directorate of Human Resources)
Adele: I am Manager of the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, I have worked at the University for over 10 years. I started at my first role at the University as a web designer, then I moved to e-learning, curriculum development, and have been fortunate enough through the professional development opportunities provided by the University to advance to management roles. The University has an active commitment to equality and diversity, and is visibly supportive in the city to equality and LGBT issues, not least through its contribution to Manchester Pride. The University of Manchester is undoubtedly a fabulous place to work. (Adele Aubrey- Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute Manager)
Henry: I work as the Head of Collections and Zoology Curator in the Museum. As a gay man I’ve seen the University get progressively better at supporting and actively promoting diversity over the years (I’ve been here for 14 years now- amazing), to a point where it is a really, really good place to work and to make a wider contribution. It is wonderful to work for an organisation that is trying to walk the walk, valuing diversity as one of a raft of ways of trying to make a difference. These aren’t just words on a bit of paper, but what people actually see, do and experience of one another. I work really hard to try to make a positive difference through my work, and I feel really well supported in this by the University. (Henry McGhie - Head of Collections and Zoology Curator, Manchester Museum)
Will: I've been at the University for 15 years now, 8 as a student, 6 in research. Originally from Manchester I have never left, primarily because of the LGBT community the city has. The University has a thriving LGBT student society which helped ease me into Manchester's thriving LGBT scene and the strong prominence of the University at the Manchester Pride parade always makes me proud. The University has also showed great interest and support for my current research interests in LGBT inequalities in health. I take immense pride in the openness and tolerance of my city and University, I honestly don't feel any other University or city would give me the same sense of belonging. (Will Whittaker - Research Fellow in Health Economics, Institute of Population Health)
Alex: I have been a student worker at St Peter's House for two years. I graduated from RNCM in 2013 and since then I have spent the past two years discerning my calling and I have been accepted to train for ministry in the United Reformed Church, starting in September 2015. During my time at the University I have been able to explore my transgender identity and began to transition in the second year of my studies. Since transitioning I have been an active campaigner for better visibility and treatment of people who are transgender. I am a peer educator with LGBT Youth Northwest and a 'Diversity Role Model' and I am passionate about educating young people and those who work with them about transgender people. In particular, as a transgender person of faith, I am determined to break down stereotypes and demonstrate - by sharing my own experience - that labels are for jars, not people.
Jim: I have worked in the University for nearly 17 years. When I started at UMIST on a Monday in September 1999, I was planning my Metropolitan Community Church blessing with my partner, Martin, for the following Saturday. Although I was 45 yrs old, I’d only been ‘out’ for a few years. I didn’t tell my boss because I didn’t want to come out so soon after starting work. Of course, once he found out that I hadn’t told him about it, he was insulted! “You should have invited me!” I knew then that working at the University was going to be an open, accepting environment. I now manage a team of six people and have always been supported by my line manager and the University. (Dr. Jim Boran, Researcher Development Manager, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences Administration)
Tim: Watch my video about being a research engineer at UoM here. (Timothy Crump, Research Engineer, School of MACE)