Staff Networks



We currently have five Staff Equality and Diversity Networks:

Staff Networks are open to all staff, of all job families and form an important part of the consultative process across a wide range of workplace issues.  Networks are independent of HR, are led by interested members of staff, and seek to provide information and support to colleagues who might appreciate an informal, confidential, peer-run environment.

Coordinators are invited, to attend the Staff Equality and Diversity Advisory Group and formally report issues of interest or concern.

If you are interested in forming a network relating to a particular protected characteristic please contact the HR People and Culture team.

Click here to access the Staff Networks webpage



Staff Networks
 Staff NetworkTerms of ReferenceContact
Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) Staff Network

A person is defined as BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) of they are African, Asian, Chinese, Caribbean or they self-define as belonging to a minority ethnic group.

The Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Network has been established by the University of Nottingham for all staff regardless of grade, job family, or contract length. 

Regular meetings are held, which are open to all members, however, members do not have to attend meetings to remain members.  Members can communicate with the group through the BME staff network workspace, which is a members' only space.  On the Workspace you will find minutes from previous meetings, news, details on local diversity events andf have the opportunity to comment on consultations.  Flexibility in our approach is key to ensure all staff who wish to be involved can be, this includes those colleagues who work shift patterns.

The aims of the BME Staff Network are:

  • Provide a forum for BME staff to network and at which we can discuss issues of specific interest that have an effect on us;
  • Provide professional support and information about how individual issues may be raised;
  • Act as a voice for BME staff offering a source of consultation and a means of communicating with the University about BME issues in relation to University policies and practices; and
  • Assist with policy development on BME issues by providing advice and feedback to SEDAG, Human Resources and other relevant University committees

The BME Staff Network is delighted to welcome new members and contributions from existing members. 

Membership of the network remains confidential.

Click here to access the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Staff Network webpage.

Val Watson
Carers' Staff Network

A carer is someone who is responsible for the care of a friend, relative or neighbour; who may be ill, frail, has a disability, is mentally distressed or is suffering from substance misuse.

A carers’ network has been established at the University of Nottingham and this is available for all University staff who are carers. Meetings are held once a year to which all network members are invited, individuals do not have to attend meetings to remain members of the network. Some are informal gatherings and some more structured with invited speakers.

The network provides a forum for carers to provide mutual support and exchange information and ideas. It also acts as a mechanism for communication with the University, in particular Human Resources, and raises issues of policy, practice and procedure. The network is supported by Professional Development and Human Resources.

A carers network workspace is available to members, contact June for details.

June McCombie
Disabled Staff Network 

This network , the first of its kind at the University, was created in early 2007 with a view to unite disabled staff from the University and provide a safe meeting place and a mechanism through which the University could consult directly with disabled staff members. Following the Disability Equality Duty (2006) the University, along with other public bodies, has a duty to consult and provide opportunities for meaningful involvement of disabled people in the creation of policy. The Disabled Staff Network, reporting to the Staff Equality and Diversity Advisory group aims to do this for the greater good of all disabled employees.

Meetings are held approximately termly

Terms of reference are available from the Workspace home page

Membership is confidential - but not SECRET! We aim to become visible (on our own terms)!

Declaration at the University is very low, we would like to improve this.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning (LGBTQ) Staff Network

The 'Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Questioning' Staff Network is for all staff employed by the University of Nottingham who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans or who are questioning their gender identity or sexuality.

The LGBTQ Network recognises that people have a number of identities and can face challenges associated with their gender, ethnicity, disability, religion and age alongside their sexuality. The Network has been set up to welcome people from a diversity of backgrounds. The LGBTQ Network is run by people who identify as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans or who are questioning their identity and is supported by the Staff Equality and Diversity Advisory Group The LGBTQ Network is coordinated by two co-convenors and meets regularly throughout the academic year in addition to its e-group forum.

The purpose of the Network is to:-

1. Provide mutual support and representation for all LGBTQ staff regardless of their job family or whether they are on a permanent or temporary contract of employment.

2. Facilitate LGBTQ staff experiencing difficulty due to their gender identity and sexuality to access confidential advice and support.

3. Participate information and organise social activities to encourage participation of LGBTQ staff in the university community.

4. Assist with policy development on LGBTQ issues within the University of Nottingham by providing advice and feedback to the Staff Equality and Diversity Advisory Group and Human Resources.

5. Increase university wide understanding of LGBTQ issues by organising information-sharing events and advising on staff training.

6. Strengthen the diversity agenda of the University of Nottingham by supporting initiatives to improve the recruitment and retention of LGBTQ staff.

Click here to access the LGBTQ Staff Network webpage
Womens' Staff Network

This network provides an informal forum for debate and raising awareness, ensuring that women are not unfairly disadvantaged in order to promote diversity and equal opportunities both within and outside the institution.

The Women’s Network was launched on 2 February 2009 and the first meeting was held in May 2009. Self-organised groups of interested women will meet at roughly termly intervals to provide a supportive forum for the discussion of equality and diversity issues, share experiences and also to act as a voice for staff from across all aspects of the University.

In addition to the termly meetings which are open to all, sub-groups and additional meetings may be set up by members.

The Women's Network acts as a mechanism for communication with the University including raising issues of University practice and procedure. Membership of the network remains confidential to the group such that anonymity is retained whilst ensuring that there is a forum in which women can raise matters of concern and/or interest to them. The Women's Network is supported by the University’s Staff Equality and Diversity Advisory Group, to which they formally report general issues of interest or concern, and also, where appropriate, Human Resources.  

Click here to access the Womens Network webpage

Joint Chair: Wendy Brennan

Joint Chair: Jo Hancock