Networks and support for staff and students

As part of the University's commitment to making Keele a place where learning, living and working is a positive experience for all, we have following networks and support available via Human Resources and Student Services policies and practice:

Staff Network Purpose

To provide a safe and supportive network working towards realising and developing equality for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff (BAME), lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) staff, staff with a disability, and parents and carers (and others who may identify with these umbrella terms), within Keele University.

Terms of Reference

The following terms of reference will apply to all Keele University staff networks:

The networks and forums are intended to:

  • Help provide a forum for staff to formulate, advise and feedback on University initiatives that encourage engagement and representation of BAME, LGBTI, disabled people and parents and carers in all aspects of University life.
  • Share ideas about the University policies and strategies that might impact upon staff.
  • Provide a safe and supportive networking opportunity for staff to meet across the University.

Additional Information:

  • The networks will normally meet quarterly, but may meet more frequently when matters necessitate. It is recognised that network members may not be able to attend all meetings, so are encouraged to liaise and discuss topics of interest via the members only online staff network forums.
  • The LGBTI network will provide advice to any member of staff regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • The BAME network is for staff who identify as having Black, Asian or minority ethnicities. Advice is also available to other members of staff regardless of ethnicity on request.
  • The Disabled staff forum is a confidential email list designed to help people as, and when, specific requests are made e.g. on behalf of an individual or to inform a development etc.
  • The networks are open to staff interested in supporting the specific equality agenda of the given network, regardless of grade, job family or contract length. Where possible, staff will be given time to attend meetings during work hours.
  • A member of the HR Equalities Team or the Race Equalities Self Assessment Team will sit on each network ensuring feedback into key University decision making processes and the coordination and administration of the networks.

If you would like to become a network member please contact the equalities team.