Support & well-being
The University is strongly committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and supports all groups of staff. A number of staff networks have been established by People and Organisational Development so that members can support each other, raise any concerns and influence the University’s People Strategy.
Please have a look at the information provided below on these staff networks and do get in touch with the named contacts if you would like to become a member of any of these Networks.
Staff Network Confidentiality
Membership of our Staff Networks is based on sensitive personal information. Emails from the groups use our mailing list system which does not expose the identities of members to each other. However, if you reply or send email to the network your name and email address will be visible to the other members. If you choose to take part in the network in other ways, such as attending events in person or using social media, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.
You should not disclose anybody’s membership of the group to others and should treat all information about individuals shared within the group as confidential.
Age Appreciation Group - For Every Age
This group champions Age Diversity at Loughborough and our Terms of reference are:
- To promote age diversity and challenge issues of age discrimination brought to the Group’s attention
- To influence development and implementation of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy
- To ensure that Equality, Diversity and Inclusion issues and opportunities, as they relate to age, remain high on the University’s strategic agenda
- To consult on EDI-related HR practice, including but not exclusively, recruitment and promotions strategy and ensure both direct and indirect age discrimination are challenged and eliminated
- To liaise with relevant groups to develop equalities trainings, including inclusion training for leadership teams, and best practices to be delivered and shared University wide
- To build relationships and work jointly with other staff groups on campaigns and initiatives where age diversity is a factor for success
All colleagues who have an interest in issues of age may be members. The group will meet at least three times during the academic year. We are currently seeking to appoint a new chair (or co-chairs) who is willing to lead the group in its campaigning and advocacy aspirations.
For further information, please contact
Carolyn Kenney HR Partner C.R.Kenney@lboro.ac.uk
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 BAME 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.
For further information please contact:
Human Resources & Organisational Development, Hr@lboro.ac.uk
The Inclusivity Group - For those who have or are affected by physical or invisible disabilities.
This a huge opportunity for you to be involved in shaping the agenda for the future of disability inclusivity in the University’s EDI agenda.
What is The Staff Inclusivity Group?
The Staff Inclusivity Group is committed to achieving equality for all those who work across both campuses. We aim to ensure that the University demonstrates a fair and supportive environment which provides equality of opportunity and freedom from unlawful discrimination on the grounds of disability, including mental health difficulties and neurodivergent differences.
We are proud to support 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.
The Inclusivity Group, meets regularly throughout the year as part of our commitment to the Equality Act 2010 and the University’s People Strategy.
The main purpose of the group is to raise awareness of both physical and invisible disabilities and to make comments and challenge the University practices and policies.
The group will also provide a forum for staff who have or are affected by physical or invisible disabilities, allowing them to raise issues and seek support.
Who can join?
Any member of staff who identifies as having or being affected by physical or invisible disabilities.
For further information please contact
Emma Nadin – Chair of the Staff Inclusivity Group.
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.
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.
For further information, please contact
Pauline Matturi, People and Organisational Development Adviser
Welcome to the Loughborough University LGBT+ Staff Network
The LGBT+ Staff Network encompasses all staff that identify as LGBT+ or who are allies*. The Network has monthly meetings that are open for all to attend at any time. Here, staff come together to highlight LGBT+-related issues on our campuses, organise events and campaigns for awareness and celebration, and to provide a space dedicated to ensuring that LGBT+ staff are represented, supported, valued and have a structure through which they can instigate change.
If you are an LGBT+ staff member or ally* at Loughborough University, you are most welcome to attend the events and/or monthly meetings or to send the chair an email about anything LGBT+-related. Whether you actively connect with the Network or not, the aim of the discussions and actions from our monthly meetings is to represent our LGBT+ staff across all areas of the university.
One of our cornerstones is trust and respect of confidentiality. All staff are to be treated with the highest level of respect for privacy, and we aim to support everyone no matter what stage they are in their own personal journey.* An ally is someone that aligns with and supports a cause with another individual or group of people
A Supportive Community
- Ensuring there is somewhere LGBT+ staff can talk openly and feel they belong.
- Helping welcome new LGBT+ staff and ensure they feel supported.
- Maintaining strong links with Loughborough Student's Union LGBT+ Association.
For further information please visit the webpage or contact:
Chair of Network contact: Chris McLeod
Maia is the staff network that unites female staff across academic Schools and Professional Services. By creating a forum to share and discuss experiences, providing meaningful interventions, and offering training and support, Maia allows us to accelerate the pace of gender equality at Loughborough.
Maia is for all self-identifying women who are University staff members or doctoral researchers. However, unless specified, our initiatives and events welcome engagement from all staff members and doctoral researchers, regardless of gender.
The network’s name takes inspiration from the middle name of Claudia Sydney Maia Parsons, who was a Loughborough alumna and the first woman to circumnavigate the globe in a car. She was a definite trailblazer whose achievements capture the drive and ambition of the network.
To sign up to the Maia network’s mailing list, please click here.
Empowerment for all women at Loughborough University;
Engagement from a diverse range of women who seek to learn from, work with, and support each other;
Energy for, and commitment to, speeding up gender equality at Loughborough.
Inclusion and respect: providing an open and welcoming space for all women at Loughborough in which differences are understood and valued;
Collaboration: working with, supporting, and learning from one another;
Courageous action: using initiative to make positive change and challenge the status quo.
Adèle Mackinlay and Sara Lombardo
Operations and Development Lead
Engagement and Communications Leads
Emma Dresser and Amanda Silverwood (job share), Sadie Gration
Eugenie Hunsicker, Gemma Witcomb,
Professional Service Champions
Claire Jagger, Tendai Dube, Kirsty Carter
London Campus Champion
For further information please visit the website:
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 Roberta Bernabei (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 usually every semster, more often if needed. It also organises social events.]
If you want to join to group or receive further information, please contact:
Roberta Bernabei, Group Chair
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.
Is open to all members of staff who have parental responsibility (either current or previous).
For further information, please contact the Working Parents' Network Co-Chairs:
Staff can use the facilities at the Centre for Faith and Spirituality based at Edward Herbert Building, first floor.
For further information please have a look at the webpage:
Membership is open to all those who have served in the Armed Forces and their families.
Loughborough University is a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant and is committed to supporting the Armed Forces Community by recognising the value Serving Personnel (both Regular and Reservists), Veterans and military families contribute to the University and our country.
We aim to provide an Armed Forces focus within the University and both regionally and nationally by:
- Promoting Loughborough as an Armed Forces friendly University.
- Supporting members of the Reserve Forces to fulfil their Service commitments.
- Supporting the recruitment of veterans and their families into University employment through recognition of military skills and qualifications in recruitment processes and guaranteeing interviews for veterans who meet the criteria in job specifications.
- Supporting the employment of Service spouses and partners.
Throughout the year we will support National Events, including:
- Armistice Day and Remembrance activities.
- Armed Forces and Reserves Days
- Promote military events to staff and students.
The main purpose of the group is to provide a forum and support network for who have served in the Armed Forces and their family members. Details of the commitment the University has made to the Armed Forces in the Covenant can be found in the link below:
For further information please contact the Chair of the Network: Graham Howard G.J.Howard@lboro.ac.uk
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