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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.

Equality and Diversity Network

A forum for consultation on equality and diversity issues. Find more information on EDN webpage.

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.

Disability Network

The new Disability Network aims to provide a space for disabled staff and research students to come together, discuss topics of interest and to build connections across the University.

There are many possibilities for what we do together as a community with the shared experience of working with a disability. We can:

  • share experiences and information
  • contribute and help shape University policies and establish good working practices on disability
  • meet socially
  • invite speakers.

If you are interested in getting involved please contact Otter Baker, Teaching Fellow in the Skills Centre, and join the 'Disability Network: Staff and PGR' on Microsoft Teams. For more information, please check out this announcement.

Senior Professional Services Women's Leadership network

A network for all colleagues who identify as women in professional services in leadership positions or aspiring to be in leadership positions. Find out about its aims and who is it for on network's webpage.

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.

Parents' Network

The Parents’ Network group is open to all University staff to connect people who are experiencing the challenges related to parenthood. In the group you can ask for support or advice, share and learn about local events and share your experiences. We aim to meet in person every 3 months for informal networking and will often have guest speakers come along to share their experiences.

If you would like to join the Parents’ Network then please follow this link to request to join our Microsoft Teams page. You can also find more information on the formal announcement here.

People of Colour Network

This is a new network for people of colour at the University (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.

No Kidding support group

No Kidding – an informal support network for staff who are Childless not by choice 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.

Two members of the wellbeing champions network have worked with the University Staff Health & Wellbeing Manager to raise awareness. In September 2021, to coincide with World Childless Week, we co-wrote a blog reflecting on our experiences and on how to support others in the workplace.

Find out more info and how to join here.

'Chat about Menopause' group

Find more information about the group from Safety, Health and Employee Wellbeing team and their announcement here.

Contact us

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