Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Sussex Parent and Carer Staff Network

Welcome to the Parent and Carer Network! 

The network was established in 2020 as a response to the challenges of staff balancing their professional lives with their caring responsibilities during the pandemic. Since then we have worked to provide a collective voice to ensure the experiences of carers are represented and respected within the University. It is also a place of support where staff can share ideas and experiences. Going forward we will continue this dual role of support and advocacy.  Membership is diverse including academics and professional services staff on all types of contracts. Caring responsibilities also range from first time parents to those caring for disabled relatives. We welcome everyone! 

What have we done? 

We carried out 2 surveys of staff with caring responsibilities during the pandemic. We produced a comprehensive report which listed recommendations for management. 

We have fed into HR policy on issues related to caring including maternity and paternity leave and continue to do so. 

We are part of the Inclusive Sussex group which helps to shape University HR and EDI policy. 

Going forward we intend to hold social events and workshops focused on career progression. Suggestions for events are always welcome. 

How can you get involved? 

Some members are happy to be part of the network and receive updates and emails notifying them of events and activities. There is also a more proactive working group where members can be part of shaping the network and contributing to policy and initiatives within the University. This group meets termly in an informal way. 

To join the network, working group or ask any questions then email the chair Hannah Mason-Bish to be added to the mailing list. Email h.mason-bish@sussex.ac.uk