Human Resources

Support & well-being

Staff support groups

The University is strongly committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and supports all groups of staff. A number of staff support groups have been established by Human Resources 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 support groups and do get in touch with the named contacts if you would like to become a member of any of these groups.

Staff Age Group

Age Matters - Staff Age Group

This group champions Age Diversity at Loughborough. It will be relaunched in February 2020.

The group exists to promote fair practice in respect of issues relating to staff of all ages and to raise awareness of the benefits of an age diverse workforce.

Our remit will take shape once the group is relaunched and will broadly consider:

  1. How to promote and celebrate the age diverse workforce

  2. How we can support younger colleagues who are starting their careers

  3. How we can support older colleagues as they prepare for retirement

Membership:

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.

For further information, please contact

Carolyn Kenney HR Partner and incoming Chair C.R.Kenney@lboro.ac.uk

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

For further information please contact:

Human Resources & Organisational Development, Hr@lboro.ac.uk 

 

Inclusivity Group

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 this group.

What is The Inclusivity Group?
Loughborough University is committed to achieving equality for all those who learn and work here. We aim to develop a demonstrably 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 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 our commitment to the Equality Act 2010 and our People Strategy, the University is supporting The Inclusivity Group, which will meet throughout the year.
The main purpose of the group is to raise awareness of both physical and invisible disabilities and to make comments on 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 

Nadine Skinner, OD Partner Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead
N.E.Skinner@lboro.ac.uk

Emma Nadin, Creative Arts PGR Administrator and Inclusivity Group Lead

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.

For further information, please contact

Pauline Matturi, Human Resources and Organisational Development Services Manager 
P.I.Matturi@lboro.ac.uk 

LGBT+ Staff Group

Welcome to the Loughborough University LGBT+ Staff Group

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 members of campus partners and the LSU, as well as PhD students, are welcome to join.

One of our cornerstones is trust and respect of confidentiality. All members 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.

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

  • 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 Students Union LGBT+ group via the Facebook page

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.

For further information please visit the website: 

LGBT+ Staff Group website

Maia - Loughborough's Women's Network

Maia is the only 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.

Our mission

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.

Our values

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.

 Committee

Co-Chairs

Adèle Mackinlay and Sara Lombardo

Operations and Development Lead

Jenna Townend

Engagement and Communications Leads

Emma Dresser and Amanda Silverwood (job share), Sadie Gration

Academic Champions

Eugenie Hunsicker, Gemma Witcomb,

Amanda Daley

Professional Service Champions

Claire Jagger, Tendai Dube, Kirsty Carter

 

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.    

For further information please contact

Ally McDonald Alonso, Assistant Registrar (Strategic Academic Recruitment)

A.Mcdonaldalonso@lboro.ac.uk

Working Parents' 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).

For further information, please contact

Claire Jagger, Organisational Development Partner 
C.H.Jagger@lboro.ac.uk 

Religion and Belief

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:

https://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/cfs/