Clinical School Networks
The Clinical School facilitates a number of support networks for different cohorts of staff. Diversity Networks help the School and University to progress equality by:
- Providing a regular forum for discussing diversity issues at work or study.
- Providing networking opportunities.
- Raising issues in a safe environment.
- Contributing to policy development and implementation.
- Organising social events.
- Arranging events to raise awareness and celebrate diversity.
- Contributing to staff development activities.
Equality Champion Network
The School has over 100 Equality Champions who provide support by increasing the visibility of the School’s commitment to Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing. The network of Champions meets termly to share experiences and ideas and to offer support to one another.
The role of Equality Champions includes:
- Promoting good practice by facilitating awareness of EDI work (including Athena SWAN) within the School.
- Providing regular updates about departmental activities and sharing of best practice at the termly meetings.
- Increasing awareness of EDI has an integral part of School culture by ensuring it is a standing agenda item at departmental meetings and away-days. Champions may also give updates at these events.
- Disseminating information relating to EDI events and training throughout departments and encouraging active participation.
The chair of the network is Jane Goodall, Department of Medicine, with rotating chairs decided at each meeting. All Equality Champions are members of the network.
If you are interested in becoming an Equality Champion, email email@example.com for more information.
Academic Women’s Forum
A network for all academic and researcher women. Led by Professors’ Christi Deaton and Anna Philpott and Dr Helle Jorgensen.
The Academic Women’s Forum (AWF) at the School of Clinical Medicine provides the opportunity for senior and trainee academic women to meet, share advice, talk about their experiences and develop ways to support each other. We hold career and networking events throughout the year on a variety of topics such as ‘Confident Ways of Working’ and ‘Furthering Your Career’.
Professional and Support Staff Network & Senior Assistants Network
The Professional and Support Staff Network (PSSN) is a network for all Assistant and Academic-related staff led by Victoria Grenville and supported by the School’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Coordinators.
The Clinical School Professional and Support Staff Network is your representative group, aiming to:
- Offer professional and support staff the opportunity to obtain and provide peer support.
- Provide a means for communication between Assistant and Academic-related staff across the Departments, Institutes & Units of the Clinical School (with a view to identifying overlapping areas of interest).
The network provides the opportunity for Professional and Support Staff to meet, share advice, talk about their experiences and develop ways to support each other. The School organises career development events throughout the year on a variety of topics such as ‘CV workshops’.
To join the network, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Assistants Network (part of the PSSN)
A network for Personal Assistants, Secretaries and Executive Assistants which includes termly network/lunch events.
To join the network, email Sally Valletta on email@example.com.
The Apprentice Network is for all apprentices at the Clinical School. Meetings are held quarterly and all newly recruited apprentices automatically become a member of the group. Benefits of coming to the group sessions include:
- meeting the other apprentices in the School and making new contacts which helps to build your network
- sharing your experiences with other apprentices
- getting useful advice from the other apprentices
- hearing about other departments and other opportunities
- listening to the latest development in apprenticeships at the School and University
- having the opportunity to influence the way apprenticeships evolve at the School
- getting involved with projects to develop apprenticeships at the School
- understanding the support available to you.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
For further information on any of the Clinical School networks, contact email@example.com
The Diversity Networks are for all staff working for the University, a College or an associated institution and outline the work of the University of Cambridge in progressing equality through its staff and student networks. Information on the networks, their work and getting involved can be found below.
The University’s diversity plays a key role in sustaining its academic excellence.
Women’s Staff Network
The Women’s Staff Network seeks to provide a programme of events annually that both support and engage women across the University. All women working for the University, a College or an associated institution are welcome to join.
LGBT+ Staff Network
The LGBT+ Staff Network welcomes all individuals who work for the University, a College or an associated institution, who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT+). The LGBT+ Network seeks to provide support and advice to LGBT+ staff at the University and to act as a forum for consultation between staff and the University’s governing body. The network also organises a range of networking and social events.
Supporting Parents and Carers @ Cambridge (SPACE) Network
The SPACE network is a social network for parents and carers where people have the opportunity to exchange experiences and help each other in an informal but confidential fashion.
Visit the SPACE Network webpages for further information.
Race Equality Network
The Race Equality Network is a community for staff members who self-identify as being from a racial minority ethnic background and/or who have an interest in the topic of race and would like to contribute to anti-racism initiatives at the University. It aims to create a sense of belonging by providing a safe forum to network, socialise share, question, challenge and receive support and advice in relation to race equality.
- Further information can be found on the Race Equality Network webpages.
- Subscribe to the mailing list here.
Information on the Race Equality student network can be found here.
There are just over 4,200 postdocs working in Cambridge, of which 3,200 are employed directly by the University and 1,000 are employed as Junior Research Fellows by the Colleges, the University Partner Institutes, or funded by external fellowships.
They make up more than 35% of total University staff and they are the fastest growing staff group. They are also the most diverse staff group by nationality, coming to Cambridge from over 95 countries around the world.
This is an exciting community to be part of and there are a number of groups who can help you and your family to settle in, build a social network and get involved with the life of the University.
Further information on the University Diversity Networks can be found here.