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Employee Networks

The BAME Steering Group

The BAME Steering Group comprises of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff from across the University departments with some student representation. The primary purpose of the BAME Steering Group is to represent the interests and aspirations of BAME employees and students at BCU by embarking upon actions that will lead to parity of opportunity which includes White minorities. The activities and actions of the group also assists in driving equality throughout all areas of the institution.

The activities include:

  • The creation of a BCU BAME Allies programme
  • Assisting the University to achieve the Race Equality Charter
  • Providing feedback about new policies or initiatives when required
  • Offering staff an opportunity to network, support and provide advice and insight.

Terms of reference

The Disabled Steering Group

The Disabled Steering Group membership includes representation from professional services, academic colleagues, and the Students’ Union who are united in their aim to progress disability equality for staff and students.

Activities include:

  • Assisting the University to achieve Disability Confident Level 2
  • Actively pursuing resolution to and continuously raising awareness in regards to any areas that may hinder disabled staff and students
  • Reviewing access information for staff, students and visitors to be produced by the University
  • Proposing activities for Disability History Month and other awareness-raising/celebratory initiatives across the year

Terms of reference

Mental Health and Wellbeing Network

The BCU Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Network formed as a result of requests from BCU staff for a safe place to receive informal peer to peer support in the area of Mental Health and Wellbeing. This is a network where confidentiality, openness and honesty are core values and where staff whom attend experience genuine support and a place where people have time to listen. The University has a plethora of formal services which staff are able to access, this network does not aim to undermine this; instead the network compliments the existing offering by ensuring that attendees receive continual information about available support services.

Terms of reference

LGBT+ Staff Network

The LGBT+ Staff Network is open to any member of BCU staff who identifies as lesbian, gay, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, non-binary gendered or as belonging to any other minority group determined by their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Members of staff who are LGBT+ allies (e.g. those who may not identify as LGBT+ themselves, but promote LGBT+ issues at work) are also welcome to attend network meetings and events.

Activities include:

  • The network will work with external local, regional and national communities, allies and networks, including partner institutions 
  • To recognise and advance the intersectional identities of LGBT+ staff in collaboration with our collegiate staff networks, student bodies, allies and mentoring schemes working closely with EDI team and Stonewall Project Manager
  • Providing information, support and networking opportunities to BCU staff who identify as LGBT+
  • Raising awareness of LGBT+ issues within the university, with the aim of promoting a comfortable, safe and inclusive environment for people who identify as LGBT+ across all BCU campuses
  • Working with external local, regional and national communities, allies and networks, including partner institutions
  • Recognising and advancing the intersectional identities of LGBT+ staff in collaboration with our collegiate staff networks, student bodies, allies and mentoring schemes working closely with EDI team and Stonewall Project Manager

Terms of reference

How to get involved:

If you would like more information or to join any of the steering groups or networks then please contact us.