Human Resources

Support & well-being

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 and Minority Ethnic (BME) 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 on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin or religious belief.

(Race as defined under the Equality Act 2010 covers: race, ethnic origin, national origin, colour and nationality).

As part of this commitment Loughborough University is supporting the BME Staff Network.

The remit for this network has been agreed.  Its main purpose is to raise awareness of race issues and to hold the University accountable to its stated commitment to challenge racism and discrimination. The Network will also provide a safe environment for black and ethnic minority staff to discuss issues concerning racial and cultural discrimination, and maintain a forum for positively raising the profile of black and ethnic minority cultures on campus.

BME Staff Network Strategy, Values and Purpose

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.  

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+)

Welcome to the Staff LGBT+ Group for Loughborough University

Throughout the year we aim to put on a schedule of group meetings, social events and educational talks. All group members are welcome and encouraged to get involved and organise events.

We are an inclusive group, as indicated by the + in our name. If you are wondering whether you would be able to become a member then the answer is almost certainly Yes. Anybody with an interest in the area who is supportive and respectful of its other members is welcome to join the group. Staff from tenant organisations are welcome to join us, at the discretion of their employers.

We are conscious of discretion and there is no requirements to be "out", either to your friends, family or colleagues, to be a member of the group.

A Champion of Diversity

Raising matters of concern and issues facing the LGBT+ community and/or our individual members with the University. 

A Supportive Community

A Promoter of LGBT+ Issues

  • Organising interesting and enjoyable events for the whole University and surrounding community to inform, educate and entertain, in order to further equality and understanding.

Contact

For further information please click on: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/orgs/lgbt/

and/or if you would like to become a member please contact: a.p.akram@lboro.ac.uk or telephone 01509 222389.

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

International Staff Group

The aim of this group is to contribute to a fair and supportive environment which provides equality of opportunity and freedom to international staff, as well as to everyone else within Loughborough University. Both academic and support staff are welcome.

 The group aims:

1) To be the voice of international staff at Loughborough University, in particular with respect to issues such as xenophobia and discrimination, immigration and visa, Brexit, support for families of international staff, etc.

2) To be a forum where we can discuss experiences and share advice about any matter of interest to international staff in a safe and protected environment and support new international staff members.

3) To liaise whenever necessary with other organizations and staff groups that share the group’s objectives, such as the University and College Union and the Black or Minority Ethnic Group (BME) staff group.

 The group is led by a Committee, with a chair and three committee members. The current chair is Giulia Piccolino (g.piccolino@lboro.ac.uk). At least one member of the committee has to be a EU/EEA national and at least one member of the committee has to be a non EU/EEA national. The group meets regularly every semester: the committee can convene additional meetings to discuss urgent or important issues.    

Please email: owner-hr-international-staff-group@lists.lboro.ac.uk in order to join our mailing list.

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).