The University of the West of England tackles LGBT isolation


The University of the West of England (UWE) is introducing a LGBT+ buddy accommodation scheme according to which students who identify as LGBT+ will be placed with one another not to feel alone and isolated. The scheme will offer new students the opportunity to live with another LGBT+ student during their first year. It’s due to be launched in September 2020 and will be the first of its kind in the UK. According to Ollie Ley, LGBT+ president of UWE’s student union, the scheme came as a result of numerous complaints from LGBT students and their allies. “Last year we had some LGBT+ students say they felt flatmates were giving them the cold shoulder or were excluding them from meals, or nights out. We offer alcohol-free and quiet accommodation so this is another option,” Ley told BBC. While some UK universities already offer mentoring schemes for LGBT+ people, the National Union of Students said UWE’s new LGBT+ accommodation will be the first voluntary buddy scheme tied to housing.


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