Staff networks are run by staff for staff and bring together people from all faculties, departments and services that identify with the group.
The networks fulfil various aims including providing opportunities for social interaction, peer support and personal development. Staff networks can also contribute to the development of University policies and working practices.
The University of Sheffield recognises the value of self organised groups in creating an environment that respects the diversity of staff and enables them to derive maximum benefit and enjoyment from their involvement in the life of the University.
We aim to support these networks by:
- Helping to establish the networks;
- Promoting the networks to new and existing employees;
- Listening constructively to any employee concerns raised through the staff networks;
- Taking part in initiatives developed by staff networks.
The BAME network is open to those within the University who self-identify as Black, Asian, and Other Minority Ethnic staff members. We currently have a particular focus on working with the University to raise awareness and develop training about white privilege and anti-racism. Amongst other goals, we help to ensure that the University meets the needs of BAME staff members by representing their views and advocating for their needs, for example through upholding the University’s Race Equality Action Plan and contributing to the University’s goal of achieving the Race Equality Charter. Issues are discussed at social and more formal events, including the invitation of high profile speakers, such as the recent successful event with Angela Saini.
The LGBT+ network is here to support, build a community and act as a voice for all staff in the university who identify as a member of the LGBT+ community. This welcoming network offers a range of activities and participates in many of the University and local LGBT+ related events. We send a newsletter at the end of each month detailing the upcoming month’s activities and advertising other relevant content to network members.
The Disability Staff Network is run by and for staff with a disability but is open to all staff including PGRs who would like to support each other and/or for those with an interest in progressing disability equality and inclusion. We aim to connect and bring together staff with disabilities in a safe, confidential and informal environment to share knowledge and experiences, as well as provide a collective voice to inform and input into the University’s disability inclusion work at a strategic through working with the Disability Strategy Steering Group. We will work to raise the profile of disability inclusion, help address barriers and challenges and bring about positive change.
For further information or to discuss setting up an alternative Equality Network, please contact the HR team at email@example.com.