the pride of conversation
National Student Pride is the biggest gathering of LGBT+ students in the UK. Our annual event is held in February (LGBT History Month) featuring talks and debates with inspirational activists, a weekend of roof-raising pride parties and the UK’s largest queer-inclusive recruitment fair.
We are an agenda-setting event at the cutting edge of LGBT+ issues. We were founded in 2005 and have remained ahead of the curve on queer debate. From calling out racism, talking about mental halth and LGBT+ homelessness, to inclusive sex education – year on year we lead the conversation.
National Student Pride’s main event is a safe and inclusive space. And it’s totally free for everyone.
Our main event, held at the University of Westminster in the heart of London, brings together 1,700 students from 170 global universities. For those who can’t be there in person, we livestream all of our talks and panels online. Plus, our #QueerAF podcast keeps the conversation going long after the event has ended. Through our podcast, YouTube channel and livestreams, we reach a community of hundreds of thousands of people all around the world.
Around the main event are two epic pride parties and several other fringe events. You can see the full line-up from past Prides here.
the pride of opportunity
National Student Pride opens doors to LGBT+ young people – we are not for profit organisation run by a committee of student volunteers and supported by a team of graduate volunteers and an experienced advisory board who help to strategically steer the organisation. Through this, National Student Pride helps young people to develop their skills and kick-start their careers.
We are home to the UK’s largest LGBT+ recruitment fair – Pride.Careers.
Companies looking for attract diverse graduate talent set out their stalls each year at National Student Pride. This is a rare opportunity for LGBT+ students to discuss career options that will allow them thrive both professionally and personally – to truly be themselves at work.
the pride of change
National Student Pride was founded in 2005 in response to an ill-informed and homophobic talk organised by a student group at Oxford Brookes University. In the spirit of fair debate, our first event gave a platform to people of faith, including a Vicar and a Rabbi, alongside LGBT+ activists to discuss how religious and queer people can work together to fight prejudice.
National Student Pride has always been a force for positive change.
Between 2014 and 2017, we successfully campaigned with NUS LGBT and the Terence Higgins Trust to make LGBT+ inclusive sex and relationships education compulsory in English schools.
In 2016, our campaign centred around increasing LGBT+ representation in the media. In response to this, Dominic Treadwell-Collins, the Executive Producer of Eastenders, announced on our stage that he was about to cast a trans actor to play a trans character for the first time in any British soap.
As part of a major voter registration drive for the 2015 general election, National Student Pride held an LGBT+ hustings event. At this, the Liberal Democrats became the first party to back the ‘Alan Turing Law’, pardoning gay and bi men who had been historically convicted of homosexual acts.
Over the years our successful campaigning has led to multiple honours and awards, including the British LGBT Award for Best Event, a nomination for Best LGBT Charity or Non-Profit at the National Diversity Awards and a British Podcast Awards nomination for Best Sex & Relationships Podcast. In 2019 our founder, Tom Guy, was awarded the Prime Minister’s Points of Light award for his outstanding volunteer work with National Student Pride.