Staff Networks

We have several EDI related networks for staff at Lancaster University. If you are interested in setting up a specific network, please contact the EDI Team.

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Lancaster University Women’s Network

The Lancaster University Women’s Network was established to support Women at Lancaster University by providing a forum for empowerment, discussion and individual development as well as a platform for debate, awareness raising and to facilitate action for change.


  • Be a forum for networking across the organisation for women to share experiences and offer support to one another in confidence
  • Empower women in the workplace
  • Raise awareness of issues regarding inequality or opportunity
  • Promote good practice across the University and facilitate action for change
  • Provide a platform for the voice and views of women within the University to be represented and channelled to the appropriate committees
  • Offer targeted development activities and events for women including training, mentoring and support.


Membership of Lancaster University Women’s Network is open to all staff and research students at Lancaster University.

Get Involved:

If you are interested in getting involved with the Women's network, you can visit our website or email us at

LU Women's Network
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LGBT Staff Network

The Network sees LGBT staff and allies coming together to share information, support, experiences, idea and concerns. We aim to meet every two months and have a varied programme of events throughout the year.

You can join the LGBT Staff network by emailing us.


Parents' and Carers' Network

Parents' and Carers' Network

Lancaster University Parents' and Carers' Network (PCN) is a support network for all staff who count themselves as a parent or carer (of children or adults).

We are a self-run network, started in Summer 2019, and provide an opportunity for parents and carers to share experiences and provide support to each other. We provide a forum to discuss issues affecting parents and carers and, through the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) Committee, we can raise relevant issues with University management. Through our resources list we signpost useful information to members - suggestions for additions are very welcome.

We usually meet informally once a month, alternating days to accommodate different working patterns. Upcoming events are listed on the Staff Intranet Events page. While members are mostly remote working during the Covid-19 restrictions, we are meeting via Teams fortnightly - upcoming meetings are listed on our Teams 'General' channel.

Network members can join our Microsoft Team to communicate outside of meetings.

Contact us if you'd like to join:



Microsoft Teams: Grp- Parents and Carers Network


Parent and Carers Network
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LU Race Equality Network

The Lancaster University Race Equality Network (LUREN), is a supportive and grassroots activist network of BAME and non-BAME staff and students at Lancaster University.


Members of the Network coordinate various projects around decolonisation, awareness-raising of attainment and pay gaps, the Race Equality Charter and Black History Month. If you are interested in being involved, please contact Miranda Barty-Taylor or Julie Hearn.

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Disabled Employee Network

Disabled Employee Network

The Disabled Employee Network (DEN+) is a staff network for all those who identify as disabled or having a long-term condition, including mental health conditions, and for those who wish to help with accessibility and inclusivity. We are developing a programme of meetings which includes informal social gatherings, formal meetings to discuss how we might improve working conditions for disabled employees, and informative talks open to all, to allow for open discussion of disability-related topics.

If you would like to be involved in the Disabled Employee Network and have your say on how to improve services for staff with disabilities across Lancaster University, or have any questions about the network, please email the network.


(we keep our mailing list confidential and your details will not be shared with other members without your permission)

Network members can also join our DEN+ Microsoft Teams page, please email us to join.

Additional Networks

There are also networks for staff focused on support for students and the student experience:

The Students' Union also has EDI-related student associations. For further details contact the Students' Union.