LGBTQ+ History Month Session: From the Closet to Pride

Experiences of a gay man in UK Higher Education

This online webinar will take place via Zoom.

Free to AUA Members and Non-Members

13.00 to 14.30

Tuesday, 7 February 2023

About this Event

LGBT History Month is marked across the UK throughout February as an opportunity to connect and reflect on the past and present of the LGBT Community, celebrate LGBT culture and progress towards equality over time, and to explore what the lessons of history can teach us for the future. In this session Ian will reflect on his own experiences and journey as Gay Man in UK Universities as a “closeted” student to be an “out” gay member of staff. The session will include a variety of activities and discussion groups around the themes of inclusion and support networks.

Who is it for?

This workshop is relevant to a variety of professionals across the sector including those who are new to sector, general administration, mid-level management and senior management.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this session, delegates will be able to:

1. Develop an awareness of the discrimination and challenges experienced by the LGBT+ community.

2. How to be a better LGBT+ ally by embedding inclusivity into your work and daily life 

3. How to develop/sustain a LGBT+ staff network in your organization.

Interested in becoming an AUA Member? Find out more and how to join here.

Details in brief

Location: Online via Zoom

Date: 7 February 2023

Time: 13:00 to 14.30

Fees: Free to AUA Members and Non-Members


Ian Sudlow-McKay

Edinburgh Napier University

Special Collections Manager

Ian is a cultural services professional with seventeen years of experience in Higher Education working with library, museum, and archive collections.

Ian is currently the Special Collections Manager at Edinburgh Napier University, caring for a range of collections.

As an equality, diversity and inclusion advocate, Ian draws upon his own intersectional experiences as a disabled gay man to highlight the opportunities and potential that such individuals can achieve. Ian is a committed champion of lifelong learning.

In addition to a BA in History and Heritage Management, Ian is a triple master’s holder with an MA in Military History (Chester), MA in Information and Library Management (Liverpool JMU), MLitt in Museum Studies (St Andrews) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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