USW Networks

Our networks provide a safe space for colleagues to meet, socialise and discuss important issues.

The University provides USW-led networks, which are set up to support colleagues on matters such as equality, bullying and harassment. Colleague-led networks are groups set up by colleagues which act as safe spaces for members to share their experiences. These groups can advise on particular issues and help guide the institution into becoming a more inclusive environment.

Please email [email protected] for more information on these networks. Contact details for each network are listed below where available.


The Fair Play 30 network is made up of trained colleagues who act as advocates for promoting equality and deal with issues that arise for colleagues and students. The network was set up with the aim of improving equality and diversity broadly across the University.

Visit the Fair Play 30 page on Connect to find contact details for the equality champions.


The Women in Academia network was set up in 2014 to raise the profile of gender issues for female academics at USW. The network aims to tackle the challenges facing female academics, facilitate supportive relationships and to share best practice and celebrate achievements.

If you have any questions about the network, please contact Dr Louise Bright.


The Athena SWAN Charter is a nationally recognised scheme focused on achieving gender equality in Higher Education. Athena Swan Champions at USW are made up of representatives from every academic school and professional services department, who report to USW's Athena SWAN Steering Group, which includes colleagues from the Executive team, and is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor. Colleagues can stay informed and contribute by liaising with a Champion.

Visit the Athena SWAN Champions page on Connect to find out more.


USW has a team of Dignity at Work and Dignity at Study Advisers for colleagues and students respectively. The role of these advisers is to listen to any concerns around bullying and harassment, talk through the issues and provide information on formal policies and procedures. Advisers are not trained counsellors and won’t be able to take any action on an individual’s behalf.

Find out more about our Dignity at Work and Dignity at Study advisers.

LGBTQ+ Role Models 

LGBTQ+ Role Models are a point of contact for colleagues and students who are encountering an LGBTQ+ issue they would like to talk through with an LGBTQ+ person. They support the development of Spectrum, the LGBTQ+ colleague network, and provide ideas, support and advice on the development of LGBTQ+ equality within USW. The network also provide the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team with updates on any LGBTQ+ issues identified and opportunities for further promotion of LGBTQ+ equality within the University.

Visit the LGBTQ+ Role Models page on Connect to find more contact details.

Colleague-led networks


The Race Equality USW Network is made up of colleagues from across the University. The network was set up to provide a space for members to share their opinions and experiences, and to support one another on shared issues of importance. The aim of the network is to work towards eliminating racial, religious, and cultural discrimination, and promoting opportunities for everyone; creating and supporting a culture in which all members of the USW community can participate and fulfil their potential in an environment where they are valued and respected. The network is also a source of expertise on race equality issues.

For more information please contact Vida Greaux.


Spectrum is a collective of LGBTQ+ colleagues and supportive allies. All colleagues are welcome to join; the group is actively seeking members from diverse backgrounds to ensure representation of everyone. This includes (but is not exclusively) colleagues who identify as disabled, BME, young, parents and carers, both those who identify as LGBTQ+ and allies.

To find out more, including the full terms of reference or details of the next meeting, please contact Spectrum convenor Ray Vincent.


Set up in 2019, the Disability Network Group represents the voices of D/deaf and disabled colleagues at USW. The group helps guide the University further towards the goal of making the institution an inclusive working environment where D/deaf and disabled colleagues feel welcomed, valued and empowered. The current agreed priorities for the group can be found on Connect.

Please contact Rob Wilks for more information.