Equality and Diversity Network
The Equality and Diversity Network is a forum for discussing ED&I initiatives across the University and ongoing matters relating to equality, diversity and inclusion. The aims of the Network are to:
- Actively promote equality, diversity and inclusion across the University
- Engage with current ED&I issues facing staff and students and support campaigns
- Make appropriate recommendations to the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and ensure accountability through scrutiny and feedback
- Provide ED&I training to EDN members to empower them in their role as allies and facilitate the dissemination of information and good practice to the wider community
- Act as resource hub through which members of the University community can access information and help others
- Ensure intersectional needs are heard through diverse representation and collaboration with all staff and student communities
Kaleidoscope LGBTQ+ Staff and PGR Group
Kaleidoscope is open to all staff and postgraduate researchers at the University who identify as LGBTQ+, 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 LGBTQ+ staff and postgraduate researchers from varied departments across the University
- Lines of support and contacts for any LGBTQ+ issues in the workplace
- Representation of LGBTQ+ interests at University level
See the 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.
aFLAME Disability Network: Staff and PGR
The aFLAME Disability Network for Staff and PGR students is a group for disabled staff and postgraduate research students to meet and share their experiences. The Network's aims include:
- Providing a space for disabled staff and research students to discuss topics of interest
- Helping build connections between disabled staff and research students across the University
- Inviting speakers to talk on important issues
If you are interested in getting involved please contact Network Chair Otter Baker, Teaching Fellow in the Skills Centre, for guidance on how to join the 'aFLAME Network: Staff and PGR' group on Microsoft Teams. You can also find more details on the Network via this announcement page.
Senior Professional Services Women's Leadership Network
A Network for all women in professional services in leadership positions, or aspiring to be in leadership positions. This Network is open to staff Grade 8 and above with the intention of building connections and promoting opportunities. The aims of the Network are to:
- Provide a space for discussion around topics of interest
- Help build connections across the University
- Provide a forum to share opportunities, barriers and successes
- Be a forum to influence decision makers
You can find more information about SPSWLN and how you can benefit by checking the Network's webpage.
The Parents' Network was set up by Tamsin Willis-Stovold to provide an inclusive, supportive space for all staff who are parents. The Network aims to meet in person every 3 months for informal networking and will often have guest speakers come along to talk about their experiences. Its goals include:
- Encouraging members to ask for support or advice
- Sharing and learning about local events of interest
- Enabling members to share their experiences
People of Colour Network
This is a new Network set up by Hannah Weeks for staff members of colour at the University (official name still pending approval). Among other important topics, the group aims to do the following:
- Provide peer support for members
- Organise awareness-raising events
- Create opportunities for sharing a university-wide collective voice
Members are welcome to request access to the Microsoft Teams page to keep up-to-date with the latest news and request subscription to the Network mailing list. More information, like details for the first Network meeting, can be found on the following announcement page.
No Kidding Network and Support Group
No Kidding is an informal support group for staff who are childless not by choice. The Network recognises that being childless not by choice can be a difficult and isolating experience, which can have a profound effect on our wellbeing. There may be associated triggers in the workplace, such as dealing with new parent announcements. The Network engages with its members, and the wider University community, in many ways, including:
- Blog pieces raising awareness of important commemorative occasions such as World Childless Week
- Events, such as meetups which happen regularly throughout the year
- A private Teams group for members to talk confidentially and share their experiences, if they wish
Menopause Support Group
The Menopause Support Group offers members information and support around the menopause, much of which can be found on their announcement page. The Network also offers:
- Chances to meet informally with other members at meetups
- Links to the Employee Assistance Programme for anyone with questions or concerns
You can find more information about the group from the Safety, Health and Employee Wellbeing team, or by requesting access to the Menopause Matters Support Team through Marcia Martin or Melanie Torrance.
The Neurodiversity Network is a Network for students, staff, and those who may not be neurodiverse but wish to hear and support members. It was set up by Nahory Hernandez Mancilla following a Doctoral Exchange presentation. This Network aims to:
- Discuss topics that members choose and may find helpful
- Provide training to staff and professionals
- Host neurodiverse speakers who wish to share information about their experiences
- Enable members to identify how professionals and speakers can help and how this support is accessed
- Share experiences, support and network with other members
The Neurodiversity Network meets approximately once a month, usually over Microsoft Teams (cameras and microphones optional). Members can participate by talking, using the chat or just listening if this is preferred.
The Neurodiversity Network are also offering drop-in sessions every Friday throughout January, focused on mental health and wellbeing support for neurodivergent people, and people interested in supporting neurodivergent students, family members or staff. For more information about these sessions, or general information about the Network (including their terms of reference), please contact the Network leads via email@example.com.