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Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging: Home

Resources selected by the University of Southampton community

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The Library and SUSU welcome suggestions that will help us shape this University of Southampton collection. Resources can be fiction or non-fiction, and could focus on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical ability, socioeconomic class, or anything else that shapes our community. 

Suggestions for resources for general interest can be made (anonymously if you prefer) using this form.

We also welcome feedback and comments on this page, especially if you have found a resource useful, or if you feel we should remove any content. Please either email or if you prefer to comment anonymously, use the suggestion form and type in the "Please add any additional information that may be useful" box:


LGBTQ+ Lives Online

The LGBTQ+ Lives Online UK web project concentrates on identifying and archiving regular snapshots of public facing UK websites with an LGBTQ+ focus. 

Created and updated through a collaboration between the British Library, the UK Web Archive, and five other UK Legal Deposit Libraries - for more information click here.

EDI Resource Bank

The EDI Resource Bank is an open-access database which brings together materials to support EDI work in a range of HE settings.

Through an intuitive, straightforward portal, users can locate information to aid them in planning and developing their own work towards breaking down barriers and creating more inclusive practice.

By sharing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)-related initiatives and reports from organisations and Higher Education Institutions in this repository, users can learn from the good practice of others. 

Nisreen Alwan: Let’s equalise our antiracist language

Nisreen Alwan: Let’s equalise our antiracist language

"Antiracist language is one way to explicitly consider ethnicity and racism within our institutions, both during the pandemic and beyond."

by Dr Nisreen Alwan on BMJ Opinion, July 2020

Diversity in Journal Publishing

Antiracism Toolkit for Allies: published in August 2020 by the Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications, the toolkit is the first in a series of three, designed to provide antiracism resources for allies; for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color; and for organizations within the scholarly publishing community.

Publishers, led by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) have signed a commitment to make research publishing more inclusive and diverse (June 2020).

Mehta, D. et al (2020) Research Communication: Ways to increase equity, diversity and inclusion. eLife 2020;9:e60438 DOI:10.7554/eLife.60438 Abstract: The eLife Early-Career Advisory Group (ECAG), an international group of early-career researchers committed to improving research culture, calls for radical changes at eLife and other journals to address racism in the scientific community and to make science more diverse and inclusive.

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Featured Resources

New Autumn 2021: we have access to Proquest’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion e-book collection, containing thousands of librarian-selected titles covering Asian Studies, Women's Studies, Black Studies, Hispanic/Latino Studies and much more.  The collection has been developed to represent all voices – regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, physical ability and religious belief. 

You can search our catalogue using DiversifyUoS to see our full collection of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging print and e-books. You will need to have VPN connected to read the e-books from off campus. We are building our fiction collection - please see the LGBT+ History Month and Black History tabs for the titles we currently have available, and suggest books for us to buy using our Suggest a Resource form.

We have a subscription to PressReader, giving you access to newspapers and magazines from around the world.

Here are some book featured titles, selected by members of the University.

The journalist and activist Gloria Steinem once said, "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights". On this page, you will find a selection of resources by and about women, their role in society, culture, history and science and ways in which we might achieve a more equal future.

Resources for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

We are working with SUSU to curate this collection of LGBTQ+ resources. We hope you will find them interesting, whether you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans, if you are questioning your sexuality or just want to raise your awareness. 

You may need to use the VPN (GlobalProtect) if you are off campus.

Newspapers and magazines

Our PressReader subscription gives you access to current newspapers and magazines from around the world, including LGBTQ publications. PressReader has an Advanced Search option (at the top right of the screen) so you can search by keyword if you are interested in a person or topic, author name, by language or by date. 

Film and Television

BoB is a television and radio streaming service. Use the Search option to find programmes, plus you can create your own playlist on any topic and make it publicly available if you choose. There are public playlists created by individuals and institutions relating to LGBT and LGBTQ+.

We have a subscription to Kanopy, a video streaming platform. You can browse:

  • LGBTQ cinema (world cinema, romance, comedy and drama)
  • LGBTQ documentaries
  • LGBT history, transgender studies, issues and religion, media representation, activists, artists, families and health

Primary Sources and Journals


These are just some of the print and ebooks covering Black Lives, race and racism that you can access through the library. We welcome any suggestions for additions to stock – email 


If these books are in high demand and you cannot access a copy, please email and we will purchase additional e-book licences.

Journals, Websites and Media

Events and activities will take place across our campuses from 18 November 2021 to celebrate UK Disability History Month.

Led by the UoS Staff Disability Network, the events aim to celebrate lives as disabled people now and, in the past, and challenge disablism. The awareness month themes this year are disability and hidden disability and disability, sex and relationships. UK Disability History Month runs until Monday 20 December 2021. Find out more on SUSSED: 

If there are any books, films, webpages, documentaries, interviews or other resources that you would like to share for UK Disability History Month, please fill in our Suggestion Form.

Life of a Blind Girl blog

"I created Life of a Blind Girl in 2015 as a way of sharing my experiences of living with a vision impairment in a predominantly sighted world. Over the last few years it has evolved and has become so much more than that, it is not just my hobby anymore, it is a huge part of my life...I want my blog to be a platform that provides people with advice and support on all things vision impairment and disability. I also aim to tackle the stigma surrounding disability; I try my best to educate people on visual impairment and disability."


The UK Disability History Month website has some really interesting resources, including interviews, on hidden impairments and sex and relationships.

UK Disability History Month 2021 banner

The following are books we are unable to purchase as e-books. This is because the publisher has chosen not to make the title available for libraries to purchase, preferring to sell or rent directly to individuals either because this is allegedly more profitable, or they do not have the rights.

  •   BoB
      A TV and radio archive that allows you to watch programmes, create clips and make playlists. Sign in with your University of Southampton login.                   It includes TV, shows such as The Handmaid's Tale, Being Black, Going Crazy? and Queer Britain.

Hanukkah Sameach!

Happy Hanukkah to everyone celebrating. We have a new Hanukkah book collection, including fiction, romance, history, and cooking & food. Download the OverDrive or Libby app to your phone to read these on the go:

We have a new Christmas book and audiobook collection, including fiction, classics, crafts, and cooking & food. Download the OverDrive or Libby app to your phone to read these on the go:

LGBT+ artists in our Artists' Book Collection

As part of our celebrations for LGBT+ history month we have put together a selection of LGBT+ artists whose work is represented in our Artists' Book Collection. These are showcased in the slideshow here and links to our catalogue are provided for further details. The works selected range from items published when the collection was first established in the early 1970s, such as those by artists Gilbert & George, through Derek Jarman's box, 'Reliquary' from 1996, and on to the collaged books of contemporary artist, Jeremy Dixon. The collection is open to all to view so please contact us for further information via



LaChapelle land by David LaChapelle (1996)

LaChapelle land by David LaChapelle (1996)

Photograph by David Gibbons, 2021.

Nightclub yes, nightclub no by Jeremy Dixon (2014)

Nightclub yes, nightclub no by Jeremy Dixon (2014)

Photograph by David Gibbons, 2021.

Nightclub yes, nightclub no by Jeremy Dixon (2014)

Nightclub yes, nightclub no by Jeremy Dixon (2014)

Photograph by David Gibbons, 2021.

Collaging Ken & Joe by Jeremy Dixon (2014)

Collaging Ken & Joe by Jeremy Dixon (2014)

Photograph by David Gibbons, 2021.