Our student community is an incredibly diverse one, comprising a vast range of identities, backgrounds and lived experiences. There are some commonalities that we all possess but there are also things that set us apart and make our experiences very different.
Some of these things are obvious and others are not so plain. But this doesn't mean that we can't still support each other and be aware of the challenges that each of us face in our everyday lives. We might be from different backgrounds and identities, but we are one community and together we are stronger. This page is a place for you to learn about fellow students from different walks of life, understand a bit more about their University experiences, and find out how you can support each other.
The Women's* Network is a network for all women studying at the University.
We aim to provide support to women during their time at University by hosting social events, film screenings, and talks on a range of topics. We also run campaigns to make longterm improvements to the University for the benefit of women.
More information can be found on our Facebook page and on the SU website.
Check out the links below to find out more about some of the initiatives covered in the video:
Ask for Angela
Safe Gigs for Women
*The Women's Network is inclusive of trans women, non-binary and gender fluid individuals, and anyone else who considers womanhood a part of their identity.
Find out what the University is doing to tackle racial inequality.
The BME (Black Minority Ethnic) Network represents all students who identify as being of African, Caribbean, Asian, or Arab heritage. We raise awareness about the issues affecting BME students, and promote the wellbeing and interests of ethnic minority students. Here’s what we get up to:
From Valentine’s parties to BME career events, the BME Network holds a wide range of events to make university feel like a second home. In 2018/19 we celebrated Black History Month for the first time with dance classes and a range of free workshops.
The BME Network campaigns on various issues affecting BME students. We are currently working on the BME attainment gap and protesting PREVENT duty. In the 2018/19 academic year, we began a ‘Decolonise the Syllabus’ campaign.
Supporting and advising
Everyone deserves to be treated with respect, and to be judged on merit. If you experience racist discrimination or harassment, we can provide support and advice. It doesn’t have to be a hate crime either – we act against all levels of racism, no matter how small.
If you’d like to keep in touch, make sure you follow our social media:
UoN BME Network
UoN BME Network Facebook page
UoN BME Officer's Twitter page
The Disabled Students' Network supports all students who self-define as having a disability. This could include a long-term medical condition, hidden illness, mental health condition, autistic spectrum disorder, specific learning difficulty or sensory impairments.
We also support those with an interest in campaigning, raising awareness or those who support a loved one or friend living with one of the above.
The University has dedicated disability support services for a spectrum of disabilities and learning condition. Thse services aim to create an inclusive and equitable teaching and learning environment for all students.
If you have any questions, queries, comments or ideas, please do get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UoN Disabled Students' Network Facebook page
UoN Disabled Students' Network Twitter page
Mature students presently account for approximately 10% of undergraduate students at UoN.
The Mature Students' Network (MSN) has a dual function. Firstly, as a society for mature students we provide support, advice and guidance, acting as a point of contact for any issues or queries you may have. We organise a range of events including family-friendly meet-ups, small social gatherings, day trips and big nights out.
Our second function is as a part of the Students' Union. Tom is our Mature Students' Officer and MSN President and will campaign on your behalf, bringing issues directly affecting your student experience to the SU.
It may seem difficult sometimes to meet fellow mature students but the MSN brings together like-minded students and campaigns to improve your experience at UoN. But for us to know what you want, we need your input! Contact us with ideas and suggestions, comments or queries.
UoN Mature Students' Network
UoN Mature Students Facebook group
UoN Mature Students Twitter page
The International Students' Network (ISN) is supported by the SU part-time International Students' Officer (ISO), who works alongside an elected committee. All international or EU students are automatically considered members of the Network!
The ISN plays a prominent role in the Welcome Programme, as well as holding various events throughout the year that celebrate the cultural diversity of the University and promoting the profile of all cultural societies in the Students' Union.
The ISN also has a welfare and representational role and acts as a primary channel for international student voices to be heard. This ensures all international/EU students take full advantage of everything Nottingham has to offer and truly enjoy their stay in the UK.
Claim your free ISN membership
ISN Facebook page
ISN Twitter page
ISN Instagram account
Humans of UoN
The LGBT+ Network is here to represent all students who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, asexual, queer and/or unsure/undecided.
We host regular socials and meet-ups on and off campus, as well as talks, debates and showcases to celebrate LGBT+ culture. We also plan campaigns that everyone can get involved in to help extend and defend the rights of LGBT+ students, as well as to provide a welfare service for those who need a listening ear.
If you want to find out more about being an LGBT+ student at UoN, check out the followin links:
UoN LGBT+ Network
UoN LGBT+ Facebook group
UoN LGBT+ Twitter page
If you don't feel comfortable joining our public Facebook group, you can join our private group instead by emailing email@example.com. If you need someone to talk to, or need signposting to other services, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What can I do to help make sure your University experience is a good one?
You don't have to do much! Just be aware of our differences and how things that may seem like everyday experiences can sometimes be challenging for us. And speak up when you see something that seems inappropriate!
In the unfortunate event that you do experience harassment, please contact the University confidentially below.