Equality 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: jane.butcher@brookes.ac.uk

    Carers' Forum  

    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 are announced in Onstream or further information is available from Jane Butcher, EDI Adviser, jane.butcher@brookes.ac.uk 01865 485443.

    Oxford Brookes Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Staff Network

    This aims to be a safe and inclusive space for all self-defining BME staff, to support autonomy and enhance visibility and voice for BME staff in the university community. The group meets quarterly and will share regular information with members, organise events and activities, promote career progression and support engagement with university policy development.

    For more information contact Kanja Sesay: ksesay@brookes.ac.uk  

    LGBT+ Forum

    The university has established an LGBT+ 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 LGBT+ Group and plan for LGBT History Month. See LGBT+ Forum. For further information contact Sebastian Blake (extn. 4616) or Elaine Dagnall (extn. 5929) or email hr-lgbtplus@brookes.ac.uk.

    Oxford Area Academic LGBT Staff Network

    This established group is organised by lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) staff  for LGBT staff at Oxford Brookes University, the University of Oxford (and its colleges) and the Oxford University Press.  The group meets regularly on the first Thursday and third Sunday of every month and events are organised by different members of the group.  They also have an active mailing list.  For more information visit: www.ox-lgbt-acad.org.uk.

    UNISON Equality Groups

    UNISON, the recognised trade union for all non-academic staff at Brookes, has groups for Women Members, Black Members, Disabled Members, LGBT Members, Young Members and Retired Members.

    The Oxford-wide LGBT Self-organised Group is newly formed in autumn 2016 involving members from several local UNISON branches across the public sector. Contact sblake@brookes.ac.uk

    More information about all these groups is available here https://www.unison.org.uk/about/what-we-do/fairness-equality/

    (or contact Keely Good, k.good@unison.co.uk for more details).