Staff Networks Review – have your say

March 1st, 2019

Staff are invited to contribute to a review of the University’s staff networks.

The purpose of this review is to ensure the right networks are represented, and the right support is in place to enable them to operate effectively.

The views and experiences of all staff across the University, those who are members of our staff networks and those who aren’t, are extremely important to this review process.

Responses to the survey will help inform the Review Group and feed into the recommendations in the Final Report, which will be submitted to the University’s EDI Committee. The review is sponsored by Professor Sarah Sharples, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

This is part of a wider review of Nottingham’s EDI governance structure, and is aligned with developing the University’s EDI Strategic Plan.

All feedback received will be recorded both anonymously and verbatim. However, if any staff members would like to speak with the Review Group in more detail about their responses, please provide contact details at the end of the survey.

The review is available on the EDI website. Alternatively a hard copy can be requested from Julie Thomas at or internal ext. 15769.

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March 6th, 2019 at 11:50 am

Dana Rock

I think there needs to be a clear, easy to join staff networks.

This is my experience: I joined the University at the start of January 2019. In my first week I attended the welcome event for new starters and heard about the LGBT+ staff network. That same week I emailed the address listed on the LGBT+ staff network webpage. 2 months later, still no response.

I found out who the chair was and a few days ago I emailed them directly to ask to join. I have not heard a response.

I have been employed at UoN for 2 months now. I am very keen to join this network as I was an active member of the LGBT+ network at my previous institution. I would like to contribute here, but also I would like the opportunity to meet other LGBT staff to help me feel more comfortable about my identity in my new workplace.

March 7th, 2019 at 10:36 am


Hi Dana,
Thanks for getting in touch.
To make sure your feedback is counted, please complete the survey on the website.
Best wishes,

March 7th, 2019 at 9:36 am

Sarah Hargreaves

When I joined the University last year I came across the Women’s Staff Network. At first I thought this would be a way of meeting new people beyond the confines of my immediate office. What I have found is a group of enthusiastic women from all areas and grades of the University who want to make the most out of being here. We have enjoyed a sunny afternoon of archery in the park, communal knitting for a good cause and more recently a private handling session at the museum. The Network’s organisers are open to ideas for future activities that would appeal to a wide and varied audience. The Women’s Staff Network is a wonderful thing that I hope will continue for many years.

March 7th, 2019 at 10:38 am


Hi Sarah,
Thank you for getting in touch.
To make sure your feedback is counted, please complete the survey on the website.
Best wishes,

March 8th, 2019 at 3:58 pm


This is a great opportunity for the networks to be look at what is needed to support them and their chairs. Staff network chairs run the networks in their own time and work hard to get support and resources. I think they are all superstars, their dedication to their networks is incredible. It’s important to recognise their contribution whilst also supporting and building on their important work.

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