EMBARGO: 11am Thursday 9th February

Our emotions are running wild over the fact that Olly Alexander, lead singer of Years & Years, will be joining us at National Student Pride 2017 to talk on the Attitude Sex and Relationships Education Panel. It all takes place on Saturday 25th event at University of Westminster’s Marylebone campus as part of our weekend of events also hosted with G-A-Y

A loud and proud LGBT activist, the openly gay singer has previously spoken out at events, including Glastonbury Festival, about the fact that LGBT people “know what it’s like to be scared. We know what it’s like to live with fear; It’s part of our every day”.

National Student Pride spokesperson Charlie-Ann Mathers said “Olly is SUCH a BAE, I’m so excited to have him at the event. I just know it will bring so much important attention to Sex and Relationships education. Speaking to students in the build up to the event has shown how important it is that they finally get the Sex and Relationships Education they deserve.”

Joining the panel will be:

  • Cliff Joannou - Attitude Editor (Chair)

  • Sarah Nimmo - Popstar

  • Lexi Jean Munroe - Albert Kennedy Trust

  • Deborah Gold - National Aids Trust Chief Executive

Speaking ahead of the panel, Lexi Jean Munroe said  “They never discussed anything about that to me which was rather shocking itself not knowing enough information about sexualities and gender. They never mentioned LGBT relationships sex it's rather mind boggling isn't it?”

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Hilarious LGBT comedians Suzi Ruffell and Tom Allen discuss Sex Education ahead of National Student Pride - including what it’s like when Nuns are in charge of your sex ed:

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The Rest Of The Weekend

The whole event starts with an opening night party on Friday 24th with hosts drag queen Mary Mac and drag king Adam All. The Saturday event, also see a wealth of other panels including witht he Being Me Campaign on Intersectionality, an interactive workshop on consent and YouTubers talking about the power of the platform as a support network for young LGBT people. To round the weekend off, an exclusive screening of the award-winning ad Oscar nominated movie, Moonlight, will take place open to all for only £4 at the oldest and first cinema in the UK on Regents Street - Sun 26th 11:30am.

Careers Fair

The proudest aspect of our event is the careers fair, which keeps the daytime event free and is now the largest LGBT student Careers Fair in the UK. Last year, EY, Google, IBM and Clifford Chance took on graduates they interviewed and met at the event. Already confirmed are Ford, Santander, Fujitsu, RAF, RBS, Teach First, Ditch the Label and Interengineering We have over 60 stalls exhibiting.  Follow our social media for more big announcements of stalls. (@StudentPride) Live performances will take place on the music stage, live broadcasted by Smoke Radio.


National Student Pride is being platinum-sponsored in 2017 by EY for the seventh consecutive year. Maggie Stilwell, Managing Partner for Talent at EY, UK & Ireland, comments: “EY are proud to be the Platinum sponsor for National Student Pride 2017, a partnership we have built and maintained for the last seven years. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is unerring and the event allows us to connect with young LGBT talent in an environment of respect and opportunity. It’s important to us to show the next generation that they will be able to be themselves in the workplace. Last year thousands of the students from across the UK attended the event and we are excited to meet even more in February at the Careers Fair. We look forward to the whole weekend festival of events, including the ever popular series of discussions.”

Law firm Clifford Chance and 02 are gold sponsors. The adidas Group, Aviva, Enterprise Rent-a-car, GE Capital, IBM, Lloyds Banking Group and Thomson Reuters are silver sponsors.


The event began at Oxford Brookes University in 2005 as a response to the Christian Union’s ‘Homosexuality and the Bible’ talk. Student Pride continues this mantra in its 12th year choosing to hold its 2017 event at on campus because the fight Students face remains just as prevalent, if not more complex, than when we first began.



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National Student Pride is sponsored by:

Platinum: EY

Gold: Clifford Chance, 02

Silver: Aviva, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, GE Capital, IBM, Lloyds Banking Group, Thomson Reuters, The adidas Group

Titanium: Balfour Beatty, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BDO, GSK, Google, EDF Energy, National Grid, Norton Rose Fulbright, Rolls Royce