The University is fully committed to equality for all of its staff and students. The University has an LGBT Staff Network Group, open to both LGBT staff and those with an interest in LGBT issues.

LGBT Staff Network Group

The LGBT Staff Network Group first met in November 2013, and is now run by a small committee:

All members of the committee are happy to be contacted to discuss the activities of the group and issues affecting LGBTQ staff. All discussions will be treated in confidence.

The Network Group meets regularly with meetings advertised via StaffNet and our internal LGBT mailing list. Some meetings are held on campus at lunchtimes, while others take place outwith working hours in other venues. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, in complete confidence, please contact

LGBT Staff contacts

Some members of the network group act as volunteer contacts who are happy to talk to both staff and students. If you would like to talk to someone from the network group, to make contact before an event or as a new member of staff or student, the volunteer contacts and their details are listed below. They would be delighted to hear from you.

Professor Bill Naphy: Divinity, History and Philosophy

Bill is originally from the States but has lived in the UK since 1989 and Aberdeen since 1996. His specialist area is Reformation history but he has interests in gender, the history of sexuality and medicine. He has been active involved in equality and diversity issues for over a decade and has written Born to be Gay: A History of Homosexuality which has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese and Serbo-Croat (the latter translation funded by the Norwegian government!) as well as general works on sex crimes, the plague/Black Death and a companion volume to a BBC series on the Reformation.

Tel: x3928, email

Emily Nordmann: Psychology

I am originally from Northumberland and went to Edinburgh in 2004 to do my undergraduate degree in psychology. I came to Aberdeen in 2008 as a PhD student and RA in the School of Psychology and I now work as a Teaching Fellow. 

Tel: x3646, email:

Dr David R. Smith, Lecturer, School of Education

I joined the University of Aberdeen’s School of Education in January 2013. I am a qualified secondary RMPS teacher and Director of the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education. I was delighted to see the University establish an LGBT staff network, and would be happy to talk with you about it. Give me a call, or if you prefer to chat in person - I am a coffee addict.     

Tel: x4589, email: