Skip to navigation | Skip to main content | Skip to footer
Search the Staffnet siteSearch StaffNet
Search type


If you would like to find out more about pregnancy and maternity issues, or are seeking more background information to support a colleague or student, our list of resources (which will expand over time) may be of help. 

The University Library  also provides access to hundreds of resources, digitally and in print, across a wide variety of topics.

If you have any feedback on the following information, please get in touch. 


Staff network groups are a fantastic way to network with people from all over the University.  Many of the groups also offer confidential support and advisory services from their members to any member of staff.


Diversity in the Workplace is an online module that intends to support staff to become familiar with equalities legislation and looks in detail at all equality groups.

Aurora is Advance HE's leadership development initiative for women. It is run as a unique partnership bringing together leadership experts, higher education providers and research institutes to take positive action to address the under-representation of women in leadership positions in the sector. 

100 Black Women Professors Now! is a unique 12-month accelerator programme for black female academics working in UK higher education institutions. The programme has been developed by Women in Higher Education Network (WHEN).

Manchester Gold aims to support staff career development across the University by linking them with the support of a more experienced colleague, to work with them over a period of nine months.


We have a number of resources available that have been developed at the University.  

Deborah Bunker and Peter Sykes, Learning and Organisational Development, explore imposter syndrome Imposter Syndrome

Dr Ernestine Gheyoh Ndzi, Associate Dean (Law and Policing) and Staff Governor at York St John University, and Brooke Foulger, Policy Manager at The University of Manchester, talk about Shared Parental Leave and Breastfeeding Practices in UK HEI.

External resources

Sometimes staff feel more comfortable talking to someone outside of the organisation. There are a number of well-known external resources which may be useful*.

*The University of Manchester cannot be held responsible for the content of external websites.

Women’s Higher Education Network

Women’s Higher Education Network (WHEN) propels women to achieve their ambitions and enables universities and the higher education sector to accelerate change.

Through WHENs network and programmes they are supporting, enabling and connecting women. All of the work of WHEN is raising the profile and presence of women across the sector.

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) takes place on 8 March each year and is recognised globally. IWD celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.