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Join a network of staff helping to build an inclusive workplace.
Our staff forums are sub-committees of the Diversity and Equal Opportunities Committee (DEOC) and are serviced by the Equality and Diversity (E and D) Co-ordinator.
They provide a vehicle through which staff engage with and consult on equality and diversity-related matters. Forum members have an opportunity to put forward their views, at a time and in a way that influences the process of making decisions and help develop effective solutions.
The University has four forums covering disability, gender, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, allies+ (LGBTA+) and race.
Each forum has two Co-Chairs, who are voted in by forum members. Elections of Co-Chairs take place every two years. The Co-Chairs work closely with the Equality and Diversity team to set termly meeting agendas and to support the equality priorities identified by the members and DEOC. The Co-chairs are responsible for promoting an inclusive culture within forum meetings, which celebrates diversity and welcomes all members and those in attendance.
The forums welcome all university and The Union staff members. We recognise staff have multiple identities and our forums are open to all, regardless of age, disability, gender identity/expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief and sexual orientation. Allies and staff with an interest in the specific area are also encouraged to become members. Staff can be a member of multiple forums at any time.
The forums are serviced by the Equality and Diversity Co-ordinator and the dedicated co-chairs. Any staff member can join a forum and, following a request, will be added to the relevant confidential mailing list to receive details of upcoming meetings and events, opportunities to join working groups and invitations to consult on university policies and procedures. We operate a ‘bring a friend’ scheme across our forums and encourage staff to share forum updates with their colleagues.
Each forum meets once per term per academic year at least two weeks before the termly DEOC meeting. Generally, meetings last between 1-2 hours and take place in September, January and April. Dates and times of meetings are decided via doodle polls to ensure as many staff as possible can attend. Locations of meeting rooms are rotated across the All Saints campus and staff at Crewe are invited to join via Skype. Meeting details are circulated in advance through the Intranet, Insight, the forum mailing lists and the E&D social media channels.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chair of the DEOC champions for managers to support their staff in becoming active forum members. Managers are strongly encouraged to ensure that teams are made aware of the dates of future forum meetings and to do what they can to facilitate staff being able to attend.