Networking & Communities

Staff networks at The University of Sheffield

There are a number of staff networks which are currently active across the University. These networks fulfil various functions 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. For further information about starting a network, or networks which already exist, please visit the Staff Networks website.


The Network aims to support women staff in their career development, providing informal mentoring and networking opportunities, access to a range of role models, a forum for discussion and a unified voice to help raise issues and thus address the career challenges women face.

It is open to academic, research, teaching and professional services staff across the University and welcomes all interested parties to get join and get involved. For further information please visit the Women@TUOS website.

Parents in Academia Network

The Parents in Academia network aims to be a conduit for information, support all staff and students through career breaks and share best practice and "how to" tips. The network holds quarterly coffee mornings for men and women who have families, are about to start a family, or are thinking have children in the future. There is also informal mentoring scheme Parent to Parent (P2P) to help support parents going on, or returning from, parental leave. Further information can be found via the Parents @ TUOS website.

Networks outside the University

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Over 120 million professionals use LinkedIn. Researchers can connect with colleagues, discover inside connections when searching for a new job or ask a question to specialists in your field.

Visit LinkedIn to find out more.

Early Career Researchers Network

A platform for early career researchers to share ideas, inspiration and practical advice.

Visit the Early Careers Researchers Network to find out more.


#ECRchat is a global fortnightly discussion for the early career researcher community via twitter. The chat centres around post-PhD career issues, questions and advice.

Visit Twitter to find out more.

Further support

Further information and resources on networking can be found through the University's Development Everywhere pages

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