Staff Networks

Staff Networks

Our staff networks are here as a forum for our people to come together, share ideas, raise awareness of challenges and support one another. Our groups are open to any of our staff who identify with the group. We are always open to setting up new staff groups so if you have any ideas please let the People Team know. Find out more about each of our current networks below.

To get involved in our staff networks you can contact the HR Officer (Diversity and Engagement) Courtney Wright, the People Team, or any of the Staff Network Leaders.

Or you can subscribe/unsubscribe to our mailing lists using this simple form here.

LGBTQ+ Network Leader

Will Steele, Help & Support Coordinator

W.J.Steele@leeds.ac.uk

BAME Coalition Network Leader

Serish Shah, Student Advisor

S.Shah1@leeds.ac.uk

Women's Collective Co Network Leader

Ruby Wrankmore, Outreach & Engagement Coordinator (Digital)

r.wrankmore@leeds.ac.uk

Women's Collective Co Network Leader

Naomi Sampson, Student Advisor

n.sampson@leeds.ac.uk

Black History Month

Black History Month is a chance to recognise and celebrate the incredible contributions Black people have made across all spheres of our lives.

Whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, we can learn a lot from the perspectives of others. Click here to find out what books inspire our staff at LUU.

Read your first five heroes shared by staff across LUU; Black History Month Heroes.

Black History Month is a chance to recognise and celebrate the incredible contributions Black people have made across all spheres of our lives, from music, to sport, to academia. Here’s some things your BAME Coalition staff network would like to share with you to educate and celebrate.

Dig Deeper, Look Closer, Think Bigger; blackhistorymonth.org.uk

Read; 2020 Edition of the Annual Black History Month Magazine

This years edition is full of great interviews and articles including; Dame Baroness Lawrence OBE, Dame Donna Kinnair, Professor William Lez Henry, Diane Abbot MP, The Black Farmer – Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, Roger Clarke from Sky Sports and NFL Super Bowl Legend Shaun Gayle.

Watch; Naomi Campbell & Pat McGrath’s Fight For Inclusivity In The Fashion World

Watch; Lewis Hamilton Interviewed by a Young Reporter

Watch; Mo Farah wins Olympics 10,000m gold for Great Britain

BAME Staff Coalition

Our BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) staff coalition meet regularly throughout the year and is open to all LUU staff who identify as BAME. If you would like to find out more or be put on the mailing list then contact Network Leader, Serish Shah or use this simple form here.

The Reflection Room

The reflection room is a multi faith space for you to reflect, relax, pray or gather your thoughts. All staff are welcome to use this space. You can find the room opposite the Gryphon Office on Level 1. This room was created based on feedback from the BAME Coalition.

What is Ramadan?

Check out this guide written by your BAME Coalition leader - Serish Shah.

“Why do Muslims fast? For me, Ramadan is like a multifaceted detox. It has spiritual, physical and mental rewards. We all live busy lives, so it is considered a time to reconnect or re-energize and focus on what is important.”

To read the full guide and find out more, click: What is Ramadan?

Eid al-Adha

Serish was also a guest editor for one of our Five Things for a Friday. To learn a little bit more about the celebration, why it exists and how it is observed and celebrated by Muslims all over the world, click: Five Things for a Friday - Eid

Women's Collective

The Women's Collective seeks to spread LUU values - inclusive, serving, enterprising, empowering and fun - by engaging and promoting the voice of LUU staff who identify as women. If you would like to find out more or be put on the mailing list then contact Network Leaders Naomi or Ruby, or use this simple form here.

Women’s Collective Book Club

All About Love by bell hooks

The main chapters we will be focusing on are: 1, 3, 6 and 9. Read the PDF version of the book here; All About Love

3-4pm, Friday 30 October 2020

Have a listen to the Podcast series Women in LUU below.

  • Serene Esuruoso, our recent Education Officer, shares her experiences on stepping up and how to encourage staff to speak up.

  • Tamsin Scott, 2018-2019 Equality & Diversity Officer, shares her experiences of imposter syndrome, learning to make space for an authentic you at work, and how we can better support women staff in LUU.

LGBTQ+ Staff Network

Our LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex and Asexual+) Staff Network is open to any staff who identify as LGBTQ+ and meets to be a safe and confidential space to provide support for fellow LGBTQ+ staff. If you would like to find out more or be put on the mailing list then please contact Network Leader Will Steele or use this simple form here.

LGBTQ+ Staff Network Playlist

Click here; LGBTQ+ Staff Network Spotify Playlist

101 LGBTQ+ Film Recommendations

Need some film inspiration? Check out Network Leader, Will Steele’s 101 LGBTQ+ Film recommendations.

“Here’s my personal top picks of films that feature LGBTQ+ characters, storylines or experiences. Whether drama or comedy, these choices were made in light of their representation of LGBTQ+ voices, therefore I have not included certain examples of queer characters that might be offensive or misrepresentative of the real people they portray. Other entries may have queer subtexts to them without explicit representation.”

Check out some top tips on how to be a good ally from Will Steele and Amy Wells. Watch this video.

LGBTQ+ Allyship 2020_v1_SUBS.mp4

Badges

Still got space on your lanyard? We now have badges for our staff networks.

Speak to your Network Leaders if you'd like one of these.