Sexual Orientation

  1. News webpage
  2. University LGBTIQ+ Staff Role Model Members webpage
  3. <University LGBTIQ+ Staff Network
  4. University LGBTIQ+ Allies Members webpage
  5. University Chaplaincy same-sex marriage service
  6. Stonewall LGBT Staff Workplace Equality Survey
  7. Stonewall LGBT Global Workplace Briefings per country
  8. University supports same-sex wedding ceremonies
  9. LGBT+ life and history at St Andrews
  10. ILGA map of Sexual Orientation laws in the world.
  11. ILGA Rainbow Map - annual benchmarking tool, ranking countries in Europe on their LGBTI equality laws, policies and practices for LGBTI people.

LGBT+ life at St Andrews

For over 40 years, LGBT groups at St Andrews have aimed to provide an open and safe environment for people to be who they are without fear of discrimination:

EHRC Equality Act (2010) protected characteristic definition: Whether a person's sexual attraction is towards their own sex, the opposite sex or to both sexes.

Equality Briefing on Sexual Orientation

A brief awareness paper on good practice and compliance for staff. Download theEquality Briefing on Sexual Orientation (PDF, 406 KB)

UK Gov: Advice for LGB&T tourists travelling abroad

UK Gov: Foreign travel advice - refer to 'Local laws and customs' per listed country

External local/regional groups

National Coming Out Day: 11 October annually

All Staff are sincerely invited to complete their Diversity Monitoring data confidentially using HR Self Service voluntarily by:

  • Signing into the Self Service webpage 
  • Select 'Equal Opportunities'
  • Select 'Check your details'
  • Select 'edit these details' (for updating Disability, Ethnicity, Religion or Belief, and Sexual Orientation)
  • Once completed please select 'Submit'.  

“Coming out to others can be a hugely liberating experience and many people say it feels like a huge weight has been lifted from them.” – LGBT Youth Scotland

“Estimated Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual population across the UK is between 5%-7%. Employees who feel their employer has an inclusive culture feel able to be themselves at work. Staff who are able to be themselves are happier at work, and more productive.” – Stonewall Coming out as an adult information 

Most LGBT Friendly Organisation for Education: University of St Andrews

The University’s E&D Officer collected the award on behalf of the University at the ‘National LGBT Awards’ ceremony in Ayr, West Scotland on Sat evening (17 August 2013) beating off competition from the Scottish education sector. 

The invitation only event was open to universities and colleges across Scotland; the NHS; Scottish Police; Scottish Government funded agencies; and representatives from the Scottish Parliament. 

The award helps demonstrate the work undertaken across the University; the Students’ Union and LGBT Society, to ensure that the working and studying environments are inclusive for anyone regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

What does the term Sexual Orientation mean?

Common meaning: Description: Other term:
Opposite sex attraction = ‘Heterosexual’ ‘Straight’ (perceived as outdated in Scotland)
Attraction to both sexes = ‘Bisexual’ or ‘Bi’ ‘Ambisexual’
Same sex attraction = ‘Gay’ or ‘Lesbian’ ‘Homosexual’ (perceived as outdated in Scotland)
Non-sexual attraction = ‘Asexual’ ‘Non-sexual’


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex or Queer (LGBTIQ).

Guide to the University of St Andrews Students' Association LGBT Society, download theStudent Assoc Uni Guide to LGBT (PDF, 14,883 KB)  

11 October marks 'International Coming Out Day'.

17 May marks 'International Day Against Homophobia' when the 'World Health Organisation' made the groundbreaking decision to remove the term "homosexuality" from its list of mental disorders.  Britain named the best place in Europe for LGBT rights by the International LGBT & Intersex Association

Stonewall Scotland

The University is proud to be working in partnership with Stonewall Scotland on their Good Practice Programme providing a list of essential resources and methods plus on our progress, refer to webpage: Stonewall Programme  

LGBT Charter Mark

The University recently submitted its application to be awarded the Charter Mark for designing and developing LGBT inclusive staff/student policy and service provision, refer to our webpage: LGBT Charter Mark


Queerfest - Running annually, it is a series of events celebrating queer people, raising awareness and educating others. It focuses on queer art, culture and experiences in St Andrews. In 2022 it ran from 31 January to 6 Febuary, with events such as a queer art gallery and memory walk, art bash, inclusivity panel and more.

Glitterball - Held annually, the event took place on 26 March with both global and local drag acts and student performers.

Drag Walk - Running annually, this is a student drag competition and  club night celebrating queer people and art. This year it was held on 4 March, offering many an introduction to the local drag scene within Fife and surrounding areas. This provides a safe space for people to play with gender expression, ask questions, whilst celebrating queerness.