The Open University's Berrill Building in Milton Keynes

OU in LGBT top 100 employers index

The Open University has earned a place in the prestigious 2017 Stonewall Top 100 Employers index.

The Stonewall Workplace Equality Index is an annual audit of workplace culture for lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) staff. More than 430 employers submitted entries to the 2017 index, across the public, private and third sectors.

The OU is now ranked as the 93rd best place to work in Britain – a rise of 37 places on the 2016 index, and the first year the OU has gained a spot in the top 100.

Open University LGBT Champion, Professor Simon Kelley, said: "This achievement is recognition of our institution’s progress on embedding equality – in the last 18 months we have made huge strides in ensuring that our systems and processes sustain an inclusive environment.”

As part of the index, Open University staff provided anonymous feedback directly to Stonewall, on the OU’s culture and approach to inclusivity.

The index is a benchmarking tool demonstrating an organisation’s performance against a set of best practice criteria. Earning a spot in the top 100 is an opportunity for The Open University to celebrate its innovative efforts to create an inclusive workplace.