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Staff Network Groups

Staff Network Groups

Staff Network Groups

The University has a number of staff network groups which are co-ordinated by the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team.

Each group meets regularly and have all individual agendas and terms of reference.  They are a fantastic way to network with people from all over the University, build contacts, share experiences, arrange events and socialise.  Many of the groups also offer confidential support and advisory services from their members to any member of staff.  Every member of staff is invited to join any of the staff network groups and although you may not fall into any of the ‘categories’ represented in the current staff network groups, you may have an interest or simply wish to offer support or find out more about how the groups work.

Attendance at meetings is not a requirement to be a member of any group and many choose to be on the confidential mailing list, just so they can keep abreast of issues and activiites.

Each group has a place on the bi-annual Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Governance Group where issues can be addressed at a higher level. 

The groups are always looking for new members, input and ideas, so please click through to the relevant group for more information.  You will also find the relevant contact information for each group here.

In order to help colleagues participate in staff network activities, the University’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Forum agreed in June 2016 that all members of staff (of all grades and all roles) should be allowed to attend up to 3 network meetings per year within normal working hours with permission from their line manager.  However, you are not obliged to disclose to your line manager which specific network group.  Additional time is also supported for chairs and people with a more active role in any of the networks.

If anyone faces any problems with this, please contact Patrick Johnson (, Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion


On Wednesday 20 May 2020 we marked National Day For Staff Networks with a series of tweets highlighting the work of our varied groups 

Throughout 2020 we are highlighting a different group through various StaffNet articles.  You can read more about our International Group in this StaffNet article (May 2020)

Staff Benefits Fair - 28 November is the Staff Benefits Fair - you'll be able to learn all about the different network groups at the University. Book your tickets using this link.

Wednesday 8 May 2019 was National Day for Staff Networks.  We held an event in Roscoe Building to showcase the work of all the groups.

To mark National Day for Staff Networks  on Wednesday 9 May 2018 we put out communications and various tweets (one for each network group) throughout the day. 

SNG infographic poster

To mark the Staff Networks National Day in 2017 the University organised a drop in lunchtime event. 

A list of upcoming meetings for all network groups can be accessed using the following link: ‌

If you would like to discuss setting up a different network group, please contact a member of the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion team.

December 2017: The Students' Union now has a number of part time officers leading on specific areas of liberation. These are useful contacts for Staff Network Groups when organising events or collaborative projects.  Currently the representation is thus: Trans officer x2; LGBT officer x2; International students officer x2; Working class students officer x2; BAME officers x2; Ethics and environmental officer; Women's officer; Disabled students officer.