Stonewall names top gay-friendly universities

Gay rights charity has named the six gay-friendliest universities in the country

Their Gay By Degree 2015 publication measures all of the UK's 158 universities against ten criteria on how well they support their gay students.

These include whether the university has a policy to tackle homophobic bullying, whether there are societies and events for LGBT students, and what steps they are taking to support LGBT staff and students.

The six UK universities scoring full marks are: Cardiff University, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), Sheffield Hallam University, University of Essex, University of Glasgow and York St John University.

A further 11 universities met nine out of the ten criteria.

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall, said: "There are a record number of university places available this year and prospective students who are lesbian, gay or bisexual will want to study where they will be supported and developed.

"It's particularly concerning that only 35 universities are monitoring student's sexual orientation leaving them no way of telling if they're providing a positive experience for gay students. We hope that this year's guide prompts universities to do more to make campuses a welcoming place for all students.'

For more information go to: www.gaybydegree.org.uk