Our University has been made aware of a report produced by the University of Birmingham called “‘Conversion Therapy’ and the University of Birmingham, c.1966-1983”. This report references studies undertaken in Manchester. We have issued the following statement which we are sharing directly with staff and student groups.
The full report from Birmingham is now online.
Professor Nalin Thakkar, Vice-President for Social Responsibility at The University of Manchester, said: “We have been made aware of this report and are appalled by its findings. We will investigate our University’s potential association with such activities and we will publish our findings.
“This is not what our University stands for. We are a fully inclusive institution and we are particularly proud of the strides we have made in recent years to ensure our LGBT+ community feels safe, protected and included in all the work we do.
“We offer our heartfelt sympathies to those people who went through this terrible experience.”
National Conversion Therapy Helpline
If you are currently experiencing abuse aimed at changing, altering, or ‘curing’ your LGBT+ identity, or think this will happen to you if you come out, Galop’s Conversion Therapy Helpline is here for you. So-called conversion therapy can have a long-term impact on LGBT+ people. If this has happened to you in the past and you are still struggling with it, you can reach out to Galop’s support services. The helpline can provide a safe, confidential listening and information service to any LGBT+ person aged 13+.
There are different ways to contact Galop. All of them are free:
Phone 0800 1303335
The helpline is open: Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm
Calls will last 40 minutes.