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Staff Networks and Groups

Our Staff Networks provide a safe space for colleagues sharing particular circumstances or characteristics to connect with others and share experiences.

Kaleidoscope LGBT+ Staff and PGR Group

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

See Terms of Reference for more details.

To join as a member and receive email updates about Kaleidoscope events, you can sign up via Kaleidoscope blog.

The Disabled Staff Support Group

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 email ED&I team for more information about the group and how to join.

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 the equality and diversity policies are mainstreamed.
  • lobby and help all staff within the University to turn the equality 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.

Race Equality Group

This is a new Race Equality Staff Group (official name still pending approval). 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 email University's ED&I team.

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, Diversity and Inclusion Committee which reports to the University Council.

Carers Support Network

The Carers’ Support Network is a friendly and inclusive group that aims to support staff at the University who are also carers. We will support you in successfully managing the sometimes conflicting demands of work and the carer’s role. It is for all staff who have a caring responsibility, whether or not they are the prime carer for their family member or loved one and no matter what form that caring role takes.

Members support each other by exchanging information and experiences. The group also hosts occasional speakers for topics that are relevant to the role and situation of the working carer.

Definition of a carer

NHS England defines a carer as anyone who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem, or an addiction, and cannot cope without their support. The care they give is unpaid. It is estimated that one in nine of the UK workforce has a caring role.

If you are a carer and are interested in joining the Carers’ Network, you can email us

Aims

The Network aims to act as a staff forum for exchanging information and ideas about achieving a balance between caring, work, and having sufficient opportunities for self-care.

The Network further aims to raise the profile of issues connected with the working carer, and aims to work with the University to recognise and make reasonable adjustments for their needs in terms of University policy and practice.

Objectives

The Group will:

  • provide informal opportunities to learn strategies and techniques for managing work-life balance between caring and work roles, and will encourage members to find time for self-care
  • be open to new ideas, and will explore and research practical solutions to particular problems seek to influence University policy and practice in a clear and effective manner
  • keep all matters concerning individuals within the group confidential

The Group will not:

  • provide or organise professional counselling or medical interventions;
  • intervene in issues between individuals and their line managers.

Terms of reference

The Carers’ Support Network supports all staff who have a caring role with aspects of work-life balance including family-friendly working, caring responsibilities, and minimising work-place stress. It will provide informal support for individuals at times of transition such as returning to work after illness or following a period of compassionate leave. It will aim to better prepare both members and the University for enabling and assisting carers to remain in work successfully for as long as the individual wishes.

Contact us

If you have any questions about networks and groups or you want to start your own, contact us via email.