University of Bath

Staff Groups

Focuses on aspects of our equality and diversity agenda. We have a Disabled Staff Support Group (DSSG) and a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Group (LGBT)

Criteria for recognition

  • Equality Groups should focus on aspects of the University’s equalities and diversity agenda, currently encompassing disability equality, race equality and lesbian, gay bisexual and trans issues.
  • All equality groups should have clearly stated aims of the group along with terms of reference.
  • Equality Groups should provide feedback through the University’s Equality and Diversity Network.
  • Equality Groups should be aware that their suggestions for changes based on the needs of their group may not be taken up by the University.

Progress for gaining recognition

Equality groups wishing to gain recognition should test to see whether they meet the criteria.

  1. The prospective members should meet to decide whether they are covered by legislation relating to equality in the workplace. If not they need not follow the remaining steps in this list.
  2. f they are a relevant equality group they should decide on a focus, aims of the group and terms of reference for that particular group.
  3. f there is any difficulty finding out whether a similar group has already been formed, the proposed group should contact the Secretary of the Equality and Diversity Network to confirm whether an equality group with the same focus already exists.
  4. The group should use the criteria for recognition (see above) before submitting their case for approval by the Equality and Diversity Committee.
  5. Once approved the Equality Group will be offered one representative place onto the Equality and Diversity Network.

Ongoing recognition

A review of equality group’s aims and terms of reference should take place every three years. This should include confirmation they are in contact with those in their constituency. A representative of the group should attend Equality and Diversity Network meetings. Groups should be available to comment on management proposals as equality strand representatives of a particular section of employees.

Balanced Living group

The Balanced Living Group is a friendly support group for any and all staff who want to work towards a balance between their responsibilities at home and at work. Members may, but do not have to be, parents or carers. Some may have experienced or be working to prevent stress at work or at home. Some may be returning to work after a period of absence, for maternity, sickness or compassionate leave.

Members support each other by exchanging information and experiences. As a Group, members are able to work with the University to raise the profile of issues connected with work-life balance, family friendly working, and workplace stress.

Aims and Objectives

The purpose of the Group To support staff with any aspect of work-life balance including family-friendly working, caring responsibilities, and work-place stress and to raise the profile of these issues in terms of University policy and practice.

The Group aims to:

  • act as a forum for staff at the University for the exchange of information and ideas about achieving a balance between work and home life
  • provide a support network for members with parental, caring or any other responsibilities at home which affect work-life balance
  • provide a support network for members of staff who have experienced or are working to prevent work-place stress
  • provide a resource in terms of friendship and advice for staff returning to work after maternity leave or a prolonged period of sickness or compassionate leave
  • increase understanding of the importance of and benefits to the University of valuing work-life balance, family friendly and flexible working
  • advise and influence University managers and committees with regard to all aspects of balanced living
  • lobby and help all staff within the University to turn equalities policies into action

Objectives

The Group will:

  • support members of staff on a regular or short-term basis so that they are better able to balance their work and home lives
  • provide informal and more structured opportunities to learn strategies and techniques for managing work-life balance, caring responsibilities and stress
  • provide one-to-one friendship and support through a buddy system
  • seek to influence University policy and practice in a clear and effective manner
  • be open to new ideas and careful to explore and research practical solutions to particular problems
  • keep all matters concerning individuals within the group confidential

The Group will not:

  • be able to provide or organize professional counselling or medical interventions
  • be able to intervene in particular issues between individuals and their line-managers

Terms of reference

The Balanced Living Group supports all staff who want to work towards a balance between their responsibilities at home and those at work. The Group supports staff with any aspect of work-life balance including family-friendly working, caring responsibilities, and work-place stress. It will provide a resource for individuals at times of transition such as a return to work after having a baby, an illness or a period of compassionate leave and it will aim to better prepare both members and the University for balanced living in a challenging and changing environment.

Disabled Staff Support Group (DSSG)

DSSG is a friendly support group for staff with any sort of disability, medical condition, learning difficulty or long-term health problem. If you want to meet people who are in a similar situation, either for support or to exchange information and experiences, DSSG may be what you are looking for.

You can either e-mail us at disabled-staff@bath.ac.uk for more information about the group, or just turn up on the day.

Aims and Objectives

The purpose of the Group To significantly improve the level of access to employment and development opportunities for disabled people at the University of Bath and provide support to existing members of staff.

The group aims to:

  • act as a forum for disabled staff at the University for the exchange of information and ideas and to provide a support network for members of the group and other disabled staff.
  • increase understanding of the importance and benefits of valuing diversity.
  • advise and influence management within the University in the development, assessment and implementation of policies relating to disabled staff.
  • work with the University community towards ensuring equalities and diversity policies are mainstreamed.
  • lobby and help all staff within the University to turn equalities policies into action.

Objectives The group will:

  • seek to influence in a clear and effective manner
  • look at the range of suggested options when deciding how to proceed on a particular issue
  • be open to new ideas and keep all matters within the group confidential
  • represent a group of people who have been disadvantaged by a failure to accommodate, for whatever reason, their needs and requirements and aims to be accessible to all.

Terms of reference

The Disabled Staff Support Group (DSSG) acts as a centre of resources and information on disability and a lobbying group on disability issues. We offer a support network for members of the group and staff with a disability, impairment or long-term health problem at the University.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff network

Over the past few years the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff network has held events to raise awareness of LGB&T issues. The group has since evolved into a social, consultative and mutually supportive entity. Some members just keep in touch through the dedicated email list.

The Kaleidoscope group is open to all staff and postgraduate researchers at the University who identify as LGBT+, including people of any sexual orientation, disability status, gender, race, religion or age.

The group aims to provide the following:

Social events to get to know LGBT+ staff and postgraduate researchers from varied departments across the University. Lines of support and contacts for any LGBT+ issues in the workplace Representation of LGBT+ interests at University level You can become a member by signing up here

Please email:lgbt-staff@bath.ac.uk or visit our external website for more details.

Race Equality group

This is a new Race Equality Staff Group. The group aims to provide peer support for members, to organise awareness raising events and to create an opportunity university-wide for a collective voice. If you would like to join the group please contact soresg@lists.bath.ac.uk

All staff groups have a seat on the Equality and Diversity Network (EDN) to represent the views of the particular group. The EDN reports to the Equality and Diversity Committee which reports to the University Council.

Walking Women

Keep active at lunchtime on Mondays and Thursdays.

The grounds of the Claverton Down campus with stunning views over Bath and its valleys are a wonderful aspect of working at the University.

A lunchtime Women's Walking Group was started in May 2006. The group organises walks around the campus and the local area for staff and postgraduates.

The walks set off from outside the main entrance to the library, on the parade, with the group meeting from around 12.20pm for a prompt start at 12.30pm on Mondays and Thursdays every week - weather permitting!

The Monday walk lasts 45 minutes and the Thursday lasts 30 minutes, they can take use to areas such as Rainbow Woods, Sham Castle the quarry caves and the canal. The walks are fairly fast paced and you can expect to encounter varied terrain - so walking shoes, trainers or wellie boots are recommended.

Regular walkers say that they find it refreshing and invigorating to take time out from their busy schedules, to get fresh air and enjoyable exercise with friendly conversation along the way.

For more information and to be put on the email list please contact the Equality & Diversity Unit on equalsdiv@bath.ac.uk