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Find your local network meeting and information about other national and regional networks.

Equality and diversity practitioners often work in isolation. Practitioner networks are a good way of finding local peer support and sharing good practice. Practitioner networks are made up of representatives with responsibility for equality and diversity from higher education institutions in a particular region.

Liaison groups

Because of the way we are funded, in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland we run liaison groups.

Scottish HEI liaison group (SLG) >

The Scottish HEI Liaison Group (SLG) is a membership network of equality and diversity practitioners from Scottish higher education institutions run by ECU. It helps to inform ECU’s in Scotland and is a forum for practice sharing amongst institutions.

Please contact Senior Policy Adviser (Scotland), David Bass for more details.

Scottish HEI liaison group notes – October 2015

Scottish HEI liaison group notes – June 2015

Scottish HEI liaison group notes – March 2015

Scottish HEI liaison group notes – October 2014

Scottish HEI liaison group notes – June 2014

Scottish HEI liaison group notes – March 2014

Scottish HEI liaison group notes – December 2013

Scottish HEI liaison group notes – October 2013

The next Scottish liaison group meeting is taking place at the University of the West of Scotland on 16 June 2016. Booking details will be available nearer the time.

Scottish college liaison group >
Northern Ireland liaison group >

Please contact  Head of Policy, Gary Loke for more information.

Welsh liaison Group >

Please contact Head of Policy, Gary Loke for more information.

Regional equality networks

There are seven regional networks. Find details of the one nearest to your institution.

London (HELEN) >

Please contact Senior Policy Adviser, Gemma Tracey for more information.

 

South East >

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 15 June, 11:00 to 14:30, at ECU’s offices, London. If you have received an invitation to attend, please fill in the form below to book your place.

Please contact Senior Policy Adviser, Amy Felsinger for more information.

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South West >

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 18 May between 11 and 14.30 at MARJON (University of St Mark and St John), Plymouth.If you have received an invitation to attend, please fill in the form below to book your place.

Please contact Senior Policy Adviser, Amy Felsinger for more information.

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East Midlands >

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 18 May between 1o and 14.00 at Seminar Room 1, David Chiddick Building, LLMC, University of Lincoln.

Please contact Senior Policy Adviser, Hardev Malhi for more information.

 

West Midlands >

The next meeting takes place on Thursday 30 June 2016 at University of Gloucestershire, Fullwood House, Room 15b, Park Campus, Park Place, Cheltenham GL50 2RH. If you have received an invitation to attend, please click here to book your place.

Please contact Senior Policy Adviser,  Gemma Tracey for more information.

North East >

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 18 July, times TBC, at Leeds Beckett University, Leeds. If you have received an invitation to attend, please click here to book your place.

Please contact Senior Policy Adviser, Chris Brill for more information.

 

North West >

The next meeting takes place on Thursday 23 June 2016 between 10:00 and 13:00 at  Liverpool Hope University. If you have received an invitation to attend, please click here to book your place. After a one hour lunch break the North West equality network will be followed by the North West Athena Swan network between 14:00  and 16:00, please indicate on the form which network you are attending, or both.

Please contact Senior Policy Adviser, Clare Pavitt for more information.

 

National networks

There are a number of national networks that can support your work.

BME Network of Networks >

Please contact Senior Policy Adviser, Claire Herbert for more information.

Higher Education Equal Opportunities Network (HEEON) >

Please contact Engagement Manager, Gemma Instrall for more details.

Higher Education Race Action Group (HERAG) >

The next meeting takes place on Thursday 19 May 2016 between 10:30 and 16:00 in central London, exact location TBC. If you have received an invitation to attend, please click here to book your place.

The Higher Education Race Action Group (HERAG) is made up of equality and diversity professionals, academics, students and other individuals interested in advancing race equality in higher education. The focus of this meeting is professionalising equality and diversity.

For information about HERAG please contact Gemma Tracey, Senior Policy Adviser at ECU. Alternatively you can contact HERAG’s Chair, Nona McDuff, Head of Equality, University of Kingston.

More information about HERAG

Small and specialist institutions equality network (SSIEN) >

This network gives small and specialist institutions an opportunity to collectively consider the equality and diversity challenges and priorities faced in their work.

It is a forum to share inclusive practice and an opportunity to collaborate with and support each other’s efforts in advancing equality within the specific context of a small and specialist institution.

The next meeting will take place September 2016. Please contact Jessica Brayne if you would like more information.

Athena SWAN regional networks

There are a number of Athena SWAN regional networks. Find details of the one nearest to your institution. Please note that ECU will manage communications of network business via the named institutional key contact and nominated deputy for each signatory. These individuals will be responsible for sharing information and invitations within their institution as appropriate.

London Central >

Members:

  • Birkbeck, University of London
  • City University London
  • Francis Crick Institute (formerly NIMR)
  • King’s College London
  • London School of Economics
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • London South Bank University
  • SOAS, University of London
  • University College London
  • University of Westminster
  • Zoological Society of London

The next London Central Athena SWAN Regional Network meeting will be taking place at King’s College London on Wednesday 25 May at 11:00-14:30.

If you would like to attend the meeting, please register here to book your place.

 

London and East Anglia  >

Members:

  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Babraham Institute
  • British Antarctic Survey
  • Institute of Food Research
  • John Innes Centre
  • MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • Royal Veterinary College
  • The Genome Analysis Centre
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Essex
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

The next London/East Anglia regional network meeting will take place on Monday 23 May 11:00-15:00 at The Genome Analysis Centre.

If you would like to attend the meeting, please click here to book your place.

London West >

Members:

  • Brunel University
  • Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
  • Cranfield University
  • Diamond Light Source
  • Imperial College London
  • Institute of Cancer Research
  • Middlesex University
  • Natural History Museum
  • Open University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Rothamsted Research
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council
  • United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
  • University of Bedfordshire
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Reading

The date of the next meeting has yet to be determined. Please contact Kate Greene, Equality Charters Officer, for more information.

 

Midlands >

Members:

  • Aston University
  • Birmingham City University
  • British Geological Survey
  • Coventry University
  • De Montfort University
  • Loughborough University
  • MRC Institute of Hearing Research
  • MRC Toxicology Unit
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Derby
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Lincoln
  • University of Northampton
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Wolverhampton
  • University of Worcester

The next Midlands regional network meeting will take place on Wednesday 11 May 12:00-15:00 at Birmingham City University.

Please contact Kate Greene for more information.

North East >

Members:

  • Durham University
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Newcastle University
  • Northumbria University
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Teesside University
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Huddersfield
  • University of Hull
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Sunderland
  • University of York

The date of the next meeting has yet to be determined. Please contact Kate Greene, Equality Charters Officer, for more information.

North West >

Members:

  • Bangor University
  • Edge Hill University
  • Keele University
  • Lancaster University
  • Liverpool Hope University
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • Square Kilometre Array
  • Staffordshire University
  • Ulster University
  • University of Bolton
  • University of Central Lancashire
  • University of Chester
  • University of Cumbria
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Salford

The next meeting takes place on Thursday 23 June 2016 between 14:00 and 16:00 at  Liverpool Hope University. If you have received an invitation to attend, please click here to book your place.

Please contact Kate Greene, Equality Charters Officer, for more information.

Scotland >

Members:

  • Abertay University
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • James Hutton Institute
  • Moredun Research Institute
  • Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
  • Robert Gordon University
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
  • Scotland’s Rural College
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Dundee
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of the Highlands and Islands
  • University of the West of Scotland

The date for the next meeting has yet to be determined. Please contact Kate Greene, Equality Charters Officer, for more information.

South East >

Members:

  • Bournemouth University
  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Kingston University
  • National Oceanography Centre
  • Pirbright Institute
  • Royal Holloway
  • St George’s, University of London
  • University of Brighton
  • University of East London
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Kent
  • University of Portsmouth
  • University of Roehampton
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Sussex
  • University of Winchester

The date for the next meeting has yet to be determined. Please contact Kate Greene, Equality Charters Officer, for more information.

Wales and South West >

Members:

  • Aberystwyth University
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Cardiff University
  • Defence Science & Technology Laboratory
  • Met Office
  • Plymouth University
  • Swansea University
  • University of Bath
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Exeter
  • University of South Wales
  • University of the West of England, Bristol

The date for the next meeting has yet to be determined. Please contact Kate Greene, Equality Charters Officer, for more information.