Staff Peer Support Networks are organised by staff for staff, providing a space for staff to reach out to colleagues outside of the University's support services such as Staff Counselling and Safety, Wellbeing and Health.
They are recognised as being crucial to the promotion of the University's wider equality and inclusion agenda and through their activities, can help to open the door to changing the culture of an institution or organisation.
They also provide members of staff who identify with a protected group or who have specific interests, with a safe, welcoming and practical platform; where exchanging information, generating and sharing views and new ideas can be expressed in an informal environment. The networks also provide peer support, networking opportunities and social activities.
If you are considering setting up a staff network, please read the Staff Networks guidelines (Word document).
LASN is the staff network for University of Leeds Staff with Disabilities, Chronic Conditions and Mental Health conditions.
The Network for Minoritised Ethnic*Staff (N4MES) are an instinctually inclusive staff network space for all Minoritised ethnic staff at the University.
The LGBT+ Staff Network exists to ensure the views & concerns of LGBT+ staff are represented & considered at organisational level, and that their interests continue to form part of wider University E&I activity. It also organises a Trans, Non-binary and Intersex Community Meetup.
To represent Muslims within the University, thereby helping promote a greater understanding between employees and liberating the benefits of diverse backgrounds.
The University of Leeds has been commended for its work to support the career development of talented women working in the traditionally male dominated fields of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) in the form of a prestigious bronze award under the Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science.
There are also networks affiliated with the Athena Swan Award, such as the Parent & Carer Network.