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Staff Support Groups

The University has set up a number of 'Equality Groups' which staff can get involved in. This is a great opportunity to be involved in changing the organisational culture of University life.

Staff Age Group

This group might be more properly described as the "Loughborough University Staff Group for Promoting Fair Practice for issues relating to Age".

Our remit is to act as a management "think tank". More widely, we expect to be an agency for promoting a general awareness of fair attitudes and practice for conduct relating to all age groups. For instance, opportunities for training and promotion should be available to all staff, as this brings considerable advantages to both the individual and the institution. If you are concerned that this may not be case – either in relation to yourself or to a colleague – the Staff Age Group is an important point of contact.

Our main concern is to facilitate conditions that ensure fair, unbiased treatment. That way, staff concerns are validated and the University's reputation as a fair-minded employer is upheld and enhanced. So, if you have a problem, please let us know.

This is a consultative forum that exists to promote fair practice in respect of issues relating to the age of staff and to raise awareness of the benefits of an age-diverse workforce.

Purpose:

  • To be consulted on and to raise issues that concern the policies and practices of Loughborough University that relate to Age.
  • To support the effective development and implementation of Equality and Diversity policies, as required by legislation and by good practice, in relation to Age.
  • To work in conjunction with the Staff Development (Equality and Diversity) Adviser to raise awareness of Age matters amongst all staff and students of the University.
  • To receive reports from the Sub-Committee and to comment where appropriate.
  • To be consulted on and inform the processes for monitoring, impact assessment, evaluation and reviews of Equality and Diversity with regard to Age.

Membership:

All members of Staff who have an interest in issues of Age may be members. 

The Officers of the Group shall be:

Chair elected by and from the Staff Age Group.

Facilitators:

Staff Development (Equality and Diversity) Adviser.
Staff Development (Equality and Diversity) Assistant .

Meetings:

Meetings will be convened at least once every term by the Facilitators.

Staff Black or Minority Ethnic Group (BME)

Loughborough University is committed to achieving equality for all those who learn and work here and wishes to develop a demonstrably fair and supportive environment which provides equality of opportunity and freedom from unlawful discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity (transsexual), marital or civil partnership status, disability, including mental health difficulties, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, age, social class or offending background. We are proud of our diverse community and wish to encourage and celebrate its full contribution to a University life where all colleagues are treated equally and with respect.

As part of their commitment Loughborough University is supporting the Staff BME Group, which meets throughout the year.

The remit for this group has been agreed.  Its main purpose is to raise awareness of Race matters and to make comments on the University practices and policies. 

The Group will also provide a forum for Black and Other Minority Ethnic members of staff to raise issues of concern. 

Disability Group

Staff Disability Group -  Welcomes new members 

This is a huge opportunity for you to be involved in shaping the agenda for the future for Disabled members of staff.  

What is the Staff Disability Group? 

Loughborough University is committed to achieving equality for all those who learn and work here and wishes to develop a demonstrably fair and supportive environment which provides equality of opportunity and freedom from unlawful discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity (transsexual), marital or civil partnership status, disability, including mental health difficulties, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, age, social class or offending background. We are proud of our diverse community and wish to encourage and celebrate its full contribution to a University life where all colleagues are treated equally and with respect.

As part of their commitment Loughborough University is supporting the Staff Disability Group, which meets throughout the year. The remit for this group has been agreed.  Its main purpose is to raise awareness of disability issues and to make comments on the University practices and policies. 

The Group will also provide a forum for Disabled members of staff to raise issues.   

Who Can Join? 

Any member of staff who identifies as disabled.  

Disability Statement

Part time staff group

Purpose:

The purpose of the group is to provide an informal support network for people who currently work flexibly or on a part time basis, or who would like to do so in the future.

By sharing experiences the group will identify common problems and areas of good practice and will work with the equality and diversity function to improve the way that flexible and part time staff are managed within the University.

Membership:

The group is open to anyone who works flexibly or on a part time contract, or who would like do this.

The Officers of the Group shall be:

Chair elected by and from the Part Time Staff Group.

Staff Religion or Belief Group

What is the Staff Religion and Belief Group? 

Loughborough University is committed to achieving equality for all those who learn and work here and wishes to develop a demonstrably fair and supportive environment which provides equality of opportunity and freedom from unlawful discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity (transsexual), marital or civil partnership status, disability, including mental health difficulties, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, age, social class or offending background. We are proud of our diverse community and wish to encourage and celebrate its full contribution to a University life where all colleagues are treated equally and with respect.

As part of their commitment Loughborough University is supporting the Staff Religion or Belief Group.  This meets throughout the year. 

What Does It Do? 

The remit for this group has been agreed.  Its main purpose is to raise awareness of matters concerning Religion, Belief and non-belief and to make comments on the University practices and policies. 

The Group will also provide a forum for members of staff to raise issues of concern.   

Membership

Is open to all members of Staff whether they have a Religion or Belief or not as set out in the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003. 

Staff Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Group + (LGBT+)

‌Loughborough University is committed to achieving equality for all those who learn and work here and wishes to develop a demonstrably fair and supportive environment which provides equality of opportunity and freedom from unlawful discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity (transsexual), marital or civil partnership status, disability, including mental health difficulties, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, age, social class or offending background. We are proud of our diverse community and wish to encourage and celebrate its full contribution to a University life where all colleagues are treated equally and with respect.

This is clearly demonstrated in our Core Values and Operating Principles, contained within the University Strategy, “Towards 2016” which say that we will:

  • Value all our staff and students.
  • Embed a commitment to equality and diversity and value the positive aspects of our differences.

All employment policies and terms and conditions apply to lesbian, gay and bisexual people equally this includes:

  • Wages
  • Recruitment
  • Promotion
  • Pensions
  • Maternity and paternity leave
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Transfers
  • Dismissals
  • Training

Civil Partnerships – The University recognises Civil Partnerships.  This includes access to Pension Schemes. Surviving civil partners are eligible for bereavement benefits.

Harassment and Bullying – We are committed to creating an environment for staff, students, visitors and contractors that is free from harassment and bullying on the grounds of sexual orientation.

As part of our commitment Loughborough University supports the Staff Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual Staff Group. 

Membership

Membership is open to all Staff  who consider themselves Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transsexual, as set out in the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003, the Sex Discrimination (Gender Reassignment) Regulations 1999 and the Gender Recognition Act 2004.

What  Does The Group Do? 

The remit for this group has been agreed by the Equality and Diversity Sub-Committee.  The main purpose is to raise awareness of matters concerning Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual people, to make comments relating to these issues in connection with University practices and policies.  The Group also provides a forum for members of staff to raise issues of concern. 

For more information on events and meetings

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/orgs/lgbt

 

Transgender Guidance‌ - The recruitment and retention of transgender staff (guidance for employers)

 

Staff Women's Group

Loughborough University is committed to achieving equality for all those who learn and work here and wishes to develop a demonstrably fair and supportive environment which provides equality of opportunity and freedom from unlawful discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity (transsexual), marital or civil partnership status, disability, including mental health difficulties, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, age, social class or offending background. We are proud of our diverse community and wish to encourage and celebrate its full contribution to a University life where all colleagues are treated equally and with respect.

This is a very exciting time for us with many changes about to take place.  The new Single Equality Commission was set up in October 2007 and includes work on the duty on Gender which imposes a responsibility on public authorities to promote positive working and combat sex discrimination. 

The Gender Recognition Act came into force, in early 2005  and the Civil Partnership Regulations from 5th December 2005, both may affect some women and help to change their lives. 

What  Does the Group do? 

The Group meets throughout the year.  Its main purpose is to raise awareness of matters concerning Women and to make comments on the University practices and policies.  The Group will also provide a forum for members of staff to raise issues of concern.   

This group is open to all female members of staff so come along to hear about the work at Loughborough University and help shape the future. 

 

Armed Forces Network

The group should aim to support:

Regular military personnel (both staff and students)

Reserve personnel (both staff and students)

Veteran military personnel (both staff and students)

Wounded Injured or Sick (WIS) Veteran or possibly serving personnel (both staff and students)

 

Group Aims: 

Support should be broad and in many instances would just be a sympathetic ear from one who has had similar experiences.

The group should also act as a sign post to employment, family, welfare support. This will be critical at the point of transition from the military to civilian life.

Support could link to existing help offered by Service charities (SSAFA, Help for Heroes, Combat Stress etc).

Should act to ensure that armed forces personnel are not disadvantaged (e.g. Reservist leave and bounty requirements).

Work to highlight how previous experience (i.e. leadership / command) should be acknowledged and utilised in their new environment.

 

The armed forces group is situated to enable best output / journey for armed force personnel (ex or otherwise) and their employer.

International Staff Group

What is the International Staff Group? 

Loughborough University is committed to achieving equality for all those who learn and work here and wishes to develop a demonstrably fair and supportive environment which provides equality of opportunity and freedom from unlawful discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity (transsexual), marital or civil partnership status, disability, including mental health difficulties, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, age, social class or offending background. We are proud of our diverse community and wish to encourage and celebrate its full contribution to a University life where all colleagues are treated equally and with respect.

As part of their commitment Loughborough University is supporting international staff throughout their journey at Loughborough. 

Membership

Is open to all members of international staff.

Working Parent's Network

Loughborough University is committed to achieving equality for all those who learn and work here and wishes to develop a demonstrably fair and supportive environment which provides equality of opportunity and freedom from unlawful discrimination. We are proud of our diverse community and wish to encourage and celebrate its full contribution to a University life where all colleagues are treated equally and with respect.

As part of their commitment Loughborough University is supporting the working parent's network.

Membership

Is open to all members of staff who have parental responsibility (either current or previous).

Finding out more

If you would like to become a member of one of these groups or find out more information please contact:

Liz Quimby-Fountain, Staff Development Assistant, Equality and Diversity

 

Contact us

Tel: 01509 222169

Fax: 01509 223903