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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 the University of Edinburgh on Wednesday 4 October 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 Higher education London equality network will take place on Wednesday 29 November 2017 at University Arts London.

Please contact the member engagement team 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 of the South East equality network will be take place in the 2018 Spring term at ECU's office.

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

Please contact the member engagement team for more information.

 

South West >

The next meeting of the South West equality network will take place in the 2018 Spring Term.

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 2018 Spring Term.

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 on Wednesday 6th December 2017 at University of Birmingham.

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

Please contact the member engagement team for more information.

 

North East >

The next meeting of the North East equality network will take place on Thursday 23 November 2017 at the University of York.

Please contact the member engagement team for more information.

North West >

The next North West Equal Opportunities Network (NWEON) meeting and North West Athena Swan Network meeting will both take place in the 2018 Spring Term.

Get in touch with the member engagement team 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 the member engagement team for more information.

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.

For information about HERAG please contact Tinu Cornish, Senior Training and Learning Adviser at ECU, here or calling her at 07387261347. 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 is TBC

Please contact ECU directly for more details.

 

 

Scotland race equality network (SREN) >

The next Scottish Race Equality Network meeting is taking place at the University of Strathclyde on Tuesday 31 October 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 of the Small and specialist institutions equality network will take place on Tuesday 28 November 2017 at London School of Business and Management (LSBM).

Contact the member engagement team for 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.

The meeting for Autumn 2017  will take place on Monday 11 December 2017, 10:00 – 15:30 at University of Warwick ,  Warwick Business School, Room M2 (Ground Floor), University of Warwick, Scarman Rd, Coventry CV4 7AL.

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

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

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

The next London Central Athena SWAN Regional Network meeting is being held on 11th October 2017 at Zoological Society of London between 11:00-15:00

Please register here by the 11th September 2017 if you wish to attend this meeting.

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

The next Athena SWAN Regional Network meeting will take place on Wednesday, 11th October 2017 from 11:00-15:00 at the Babraham Institute

If you wish to attend this meeting please register here by 20th September 2017.

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

The next Athena SWAN Regional Network meeting will take place on 15th September 2017 at the British Geological Survey (BGS) in Keyworth (Nottingham, NG12 5GG) from 11:00-15:00.

If you wish to attend please complete the form here by 1st September 2017.

 

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 next Athena SWAN North East Regional Network will take place on the 12th October 2017 at Teesside University from 11:00-15:00.

If you wish to attendee this meeting please register here by 28th September 2017.

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.

 

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

Details about the next meeting can be found here.

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

 

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 next Wales and South West Athena SWAN regional network meeting will take place on 21st September 2017 at the UWE Bristol from 11-:00-15:00

If you wish to attend this meeting please register here by 25th August 2017.