Diversity networks

  • The University has a number of Staff Networks and forums to connect and support staff, based on shared identity or experience. These networks can assist in personal and professional development, organise events and activities, act as a sounding board for policy development and review, and provide a consultative forum for the university to gather views and feedback.

    The Staff Networks are able to feed issues direct to the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group, which is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor and to Professor Anne-Marie Kilday, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Staff Experience).

    If you are interested in establishing a staff network, please contact Jane Butcher, tel: 01865 485443.

    Carers' Forum

    For more information, contact Jane Butcher, EDI Adviser.

    The University recognises that many members of staff are carers - for disabled or elderly family members or friends. The Carers’ Forum is an informal network for members of the university community with caring responsibilities. There is an online forum where carers can share information and raise issues for discussion in the group. Resources and links to useful organisations and updates about relevant events are also posted here. We also organise regular carer support sessions with a Support Worker from Carers Oxfordshire present on hand to give individual advice and general information - dates of these are announced in Staff Update.

    Professional Services Staff Network

    For more information, contact Pam Fortescue.

    The network aims to be a safe and inclusive space for all staff in a professional services role and to assist them in their support of staff and students, build skills and provide a network with other professionals at the University. The group meets throughout the year and will replace the annual AdFor conference. For all updates and upcoming events, please keep an eye out on Onstream or visit the University events page

    Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Network

    For more information contact info-bamestaff@brookes.ac.uk

    The network aims to be a safe and inclusive space for all self-defining BAME staff, to support autonomy and enhance visibility and voice for BAME staff in the University community. The group meets quarterly and shares regular information with members, organises events and activities, promotes career progression and supports engagement with university policy development.

    LGBTQ+ Staff Forum

    For more information, contact Jayne Stuart or email lgbtqplus@brookes.ac.uk.

    The University has established an LGBTQ+ Forum to support staff in their working lives and promote awareness of issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace. The group meets informally and socially as well as more formally on relevant issues or to engage with university policy development, organise events, liaise with the Student LGBTQ+ Group and plan for LGBTQ+ History Month.

    Staff Disability Network

    For more information or to join the mailing list, email info-staffdisabilitynetwork@brookes.ac.uk

    The Brookes Staff Disability Network is an inclusive forum open to all members of staff, not only those with a disability, but also those who are carers for disabled people or who have an interest, professional or otherwise, in disability issues. The network aims to provide peer support, share information and communication to improve the experience of disabled staff and assist in raising awareness of disability issues across the University. It will organise social events for members to get together. The network will also assist in ensuring input from disabled staff to policy and practice development.