University Parents and Carers Network Launch Event

Date/Time: Tuesday 29 January, 2019 - 12:30pm

Date/Time End: Tuesday 29 January, 2019 - 2:00pm

Venue: Board Room, Room 4.18, 4th Floor, Main Building, St Andrews Court

University staff who are parents or have other caring responsibilities are invited to attend the launch of the new Parents and Carers Network. Setting up a network for staff who are parents and carers to share their experiences, share information and provide support was identified as an action in the last University Athena SWAN submission. *

Informal sessions with staff were held in 2018 to test whether staff felt a network was needed and would be beneficial.  Staff attending enthusiastically supported the network proposal and shared their personal experiences of balancing work and caring responsibilities.

This launch event for the Parents and Carers Network will focus on the issues identified by staff and how the Network could take them forward.  It will also address the set-up of the Network, how it should be run and who would be interested in helping to take it forward.

Details of the launch are set out below – if you would like to attend please contact Lesley Lee, Equality and Diversity Advisor by email (  If you are interested in the Network but can’t make this date, again, please let Lesley know and she will make sure you are kept informed about the Network.

It is important that you let us know if you want to attend so that we can ensure we have capacity in the room – if demand exceeds the room capacity we will aim to arrange a follow-up session. Tea and coffee will be provided – please bring your lunch with you if you would like to.

*Athena SWAN is the national Higher Education gender equality scheme.  The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and is currently delivering a robust four-year Action Plan

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