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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 next Scottish liaison group meeting will take place at Strathclyde University in Glasgow on 24 May 2017. Please click here to reserve your place at the meeting.

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 Programme Manager (Scotland), David Bass for more details.

Scottish HEI liaison group notes - January 2017

Scottish HEI liaison group notes - October 2016

Scottish HEI liaison group notes - June 2016

Scottish HEI liaison group notes - March 2016

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

 

 

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) >

The next meeting of the group will take place on 19 July 2017 at ECU’s office, First floor Westminster Tower, London SE1 7SP.

You can confirm your attendance by completing the online form here.

Please contact our Member Support Officer, Debbie Potts for more information.

South Coast (LEON) >

LEON is the equality network supporting South-Coast HEIs.

Please contact James Palfreman-Kay, Equality and Diversity Adviser at Bournemouth University,  for more information.

South East >

The next meeting will take place in the autumn term at ECU, details to follow.

Please contact our Member Support Officer, Debbie Potts for more information.

 

South West >

The next meeting will take place in the autumn term, details to follow.

You can contact Senior Policy Adviser, Jessica Moody for further information.

East Midlands >

The next meeting of the East Midlands equality network will take place in the autumn term, details to follow.

Please contact Senior Policy Adviser, Jessica Moody for more information.

West Midlands >

The next meeting of the West Midlands equality network will be take place in the autumn term, details to follow.

Please contact Member support officer, Debbie Potts for more information.

 

North East >

The next meeting of the North East equality network will take place in the autumn term, details to follow.

Contact Debbie Potts, Member support officer, for further information.

 

North West >

The next meeting will take place in the autumn term, details to follow.

Get in touch with Member Support Officer, Debbie Potts for further 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 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.

You can find more information about HERAG here, including presentations from their conferences.

The next HERAG Think Tank is taking place at Woburn House, 20 Tavistock Square, London on 14 June 2017. Please click here to book your place.

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.

 

Research institute advisory group >

The next meeting of the Research Institute Advisory Group will be on the 24th May and will run from 13:30 til 16:00 (preceded by lunch at 13:00).

Please contact Equality Charters Adviser, Jess Cockell, for more details.

 

 

Scotland race equality network (SREN) >

The next Scottish Race Equality Network meeting is taking place at the University of Dundee on Tuesday 6 June 2017. Please click here to book your place.

Please contact Policy and Resources Officer (Scotland) Anne Ireson for more information about SREN.

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 on Thursday 20 July, at Rose Bruford College from 10:30-15:00.  Please fill in this form to confirm your attendance.

Please contact Member Support Officer Debbie Potts at debbie.potts@ecu.ac.uk if you would like more information.

LGBT+ network of networks (NoN) >

The national network of LGBT+ networks (NoN) is for representatives of staff LGBT+ networks throughout the UK. The aim is to provide opportunities for shared learning and support for networks to up-skill their members, build resilience, and form effective relationships with their institutions.

 

Please get in touch with Jessica Moody, ECU's Senior policy adviser, if you have any questions or would like to be added to the network's mailing list.

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.

More information on the roles and aims of our Athena SWAN regional networks can be found in the terms of reference: a pdf and a Word version of the terms of reference are available.

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

Please contact the Athena SWAN team for more information.

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

Please contact the Athena SWAN team for more information.

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

Please contact the Athena SWAN Team 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

 

 

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

Please contact the Athena SWAN Team 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

Please contact the Athena SWAN Team for more information.

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 21 June at Staffordshire University (room tcb).

NWEON meeting will take place between 10:00 and 13:00. After a one hour lunch break the North West equality network will be followed by the North West Athena Swan network meeting between 14:00  and 16:00.

Please confirm your attendance by completing the online form here.

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

Please contact the Athena SWAN Team 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 next South East Regional Network Meeting will take place on Tuesday, 21 March 2017 between 11:00-15:00 at the University of East London. If you wish to attend please register here.

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