Staff Networks

Staff Peer Support Networks

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.

The Leeds11 network exists to provide an environment for BME staff to socialise and receive mutual support.
The University of Leeds LGBT Staff Network exists to ensure that the views and concerns of LGBT staff are represented and considered at organisational level, and that their interests continue to form a part of the University’s wider equality and diversity agenda.
To represent Muslims within the University, thereby helping promote a greater understanding between employees and liberating the benefits of diverse backgrounds.
The Staff Mental Health and Disability network provides a welcoming space for all staff with a personal interest in experiences of distress and confusion, emotional wellbeing and a commitment to improving approaches to work and mental health.
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.