Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Staff networks

Our staff networks play an important role in achieving our goals outlined in our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy, Inclusive Sussex. The networks provide staff with the opportunity to meet with colleagues from across campus and get involved with network activities.

Our commitment to Staff Networks

The University is committed to the principle of collaboration and consultation to make Sussex truly inclusive. We value the crucial contribution of our staff networks in sharing the staff voice of their membership to help shape policy and procedures which support all of our staff and ensure we meet our goals on equality, diversity and inclusion. We have set out our commitment to our staff networks [DOCX] and how we support them.

All of our staff networks use the same standard terms of reference [DOCX] as the basis for agreeing the terms of reference for their network. This helps ensure that the networks can work effectively together.

BAME Staff Network

The University’s BAME Staff Network is for all staff who define themselves as belonging to a minority ethnic group.

The network will be re-launching early in 2022 and, as part of our ongoing commitment to making the University a more inclusive place to work, we’re really keen to understand how you would like the network to be run and what kind of things you would like to get from it. Your answers will help us decide how we could move forward with re-starting the network.

Please complete our short survey so you can help shape how the network starts up again and, if you would like to be a part of the network, please email bame-staff@sussex.ac.uk to sign up.

Staff Disability Network

The Staff Disability Network is for members of staff who have a disability. The network meets termly and seeks to raise awareness across campus. You can find more information about the network and links to useful resources on our disability equality and inclusion pages.

If you would like to join the network or would like further information, you can contact the network by emailing staffdisabilitynetwork@sussex.ac.uk

Trans and non-binary Staff Network

The TransNonbinary Staff Network is a confidential and a fully inclusive group, open to all members of staff or postgraduates who identify as transnonbinary. It meets occasionally to discuss and review policy development, as well as organising different events throughout the year.

If you would like to join the network or would like further information you can contact the network by emailing the mailing list transnonbinarystaff@sussex.ac.uk. The mailing list is monitored and – to ensure confidentially – is accessed only by the Trans Convenor.

LGBT+ Staff Network

The University’s LGBT+ Staff Network seeks to increase awareness and understanding of LGBT+ issues.

You can find out more on Twitter and Facebook, or by emailing lgbt-staff@sussex.ac.uk.

Sussex Parent and Carer Network

The Sussex Parent and Carer Network aims to support staff in balancing their caring responsibilities and professional roles,It is open to any staff, in any role who have some form of caring responsibility. You can find more about the network and advice for carers on the carers pages.

If you would like to join the network or would like further information you can contact the network by emailing staff_carers@sussex.ac.uk.

Long COVID Staff Support Network

The Long COVID Staff Support Network aims to support staff who have either been diagnosed with long COVID, or who suspect that they may have long COVID following infection with the COVID-19 virus.  The Network operates and meets through Microsoft Teams where staff are able to connect with each other, share helpful resources and provide peer support. The Network also provides a mechanism for the provision of feedback to the Staff Disability Network, ensuring that the University is understanding of and fully conversant with the needs of our Long COVID staff community.

If you would like to join the Network or would like further information about the Network please e-mail the EDI Unit (edi.unit@sussex.ac.uk).

ADHD Staff Support Network

The ADHD Staff Support Network aims to support staff who have either been diagnosed with ADHD, or who suspect that they may have ADHD. This includes any of the subtypes of ADHD (predominantly Inattentive/ADD; predominantly Hyperactive-impulsive; Combined). The Network operates and meets through Microsoft Teams where staff are able to connect with each other, share helpful resources and provide peer support. The Network also provides a mechanism for the provision of feedback to the Staff Disability Network, ensuring that the University is understanding of and fully conversant with the needs of our ADHD staff community.

If you would like to join the Network or would like further information about the Network please e-mail the EDI Unit (edi.unit@sussex.ac.uk).