ESSEX University has been named one of the most inclusive employers in Britain.

The annual Stonewall Top 100 employers list ranked the university in at 57 - 36 places higher than the previous year.

Stonewall is Britain’s leading charity for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality and each year it carries out an audit of the progress employers have made in breaking down barriers to equality.

Professor Christine Raines, the university’s trans inclusion champion, said: “We are really proud to be included in the Top 100 for the third year running and our rise in the rankings clearly demonstrates the progress we have made in making the university a good place to work for everyone.”

Prof Raines said while the university was pleased with its achievements, it was not resting on its laurels.

She added: “We recognise there is still more we can do and this year we will be extending our training for allies and reviewing the impact of our Supporting trans and non-binary staff guidance.”