USW has created a peer network for early career researchers, helping them to succeed in their chosen area by providing access to expertise, advice and support.The Early Career Researcher Network is for all staff who are fairly new to research and want research to be part of their academic career. You can be at any career stage, age or discipline. Contact Michelle Evans, Research and Innovation Services.

Established in 2008, the Women in Universities Mentoring Scheme (WUMS) is a dynamic and innovative all-Wales scheme that aims to promote and facilitate professional development for women working in Welsh universities. USW is currently piloting the new digital scheme with Aberystwyth University. It now makes use of a bespoke online matching platform that will allow colleagues to connect digitally, across roles, and institutions. The Scheme is open to those working in teaching, research, and professional services, and is inclusive of all individuals who identify as women.

The Wales Women in STEM Network aims to expose and address the barriers that face women working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. It brings together those who implement change within the sector, and those who work to create a positive environment where women and girls can thrive throughout their careers. We provide support, events and networking opportunities to facilitate female participation in STEM at all career stages, from school learners to industry professionals and research leaders.

The BME Staff Network was established in 2021. Its focus is to provide support to staff from BME backgrounds and to offer critical interventions that push forward USW’s anti-racist agenda. The BME Staff Network’s priority areas in need of further investigation and with a clear focus on clarity and transparency, include progression routes, knowledge transfer processes, and the representation and visibility of BME staff.

The Disability Network Group aims to support colleagues in their working lives and to promote awareness of D/deaf and disability issues within the University. It provides a safe space in which issues of relevance to D/deaf and disabled colleagues can be discussed and for D/deaf and disabled colleagues from across the University to meet one another in an informal setting. Contact Dr Rob Wilks.

The USW Women’s Development Programme was set up to raise awareness of the challenges facing women in the world of academia and provide interventions to help overcome those challenges. It develops practical leadership skills, enhances personal skills and builds networking opportunities. 

Spectrum - LGBT+ Staff Network is a collective of LGBT+ staff members and supportive allies organised with the support of the Chaplaincy, the University and Stonewall Cymru.​​​ This includes (but is not exclusively) colleagues who identify as disabled, BME, young, parents and carers, both those who identify as LGBT+ and allies. The network provides a safe space in which issues of relevance to LGBT+ staff can be discussed and for LGBT+ staff from across the University to meet one another in an informal setting, and supports the aim of the University of South Wales to promote equality of opportunity and eliminate discrimination and inequality, particularly on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity. For details please contact Spectrum convenor Ray Vincent. USW also has a network of LGBT+ Role Models that is available to support both staff and students.

Community of Expertise is a group of USW staff who come together because of a shared expertise in a particular area of work, research or pedagogy. Each Community has a different flavour, focus and ambition, but they all thrive on people sharing their expertise, asking questions and tussling conundrums.  The Community of Expertise: Community Engagement Network highlights the myriad ways in which community engagement ensues, spotlights current activity and shares how partnerships between students, alumni and external stakeholders enable us to embrace the civic engagement agenda. Contact Steve Johnson. ​​​​​​​The Community of Expertise: Refugee and Migration Studies Network was set up to provide a forum for academics working with refugees and migrants, and the socio-economic, cultural and historical contexts surrounding their departure from their home country to their new homes. This community brings together USW staff to share experiences, ideas, good practice and foster collaboration. Contact Professor Kate WilliamsThe Community of Expertise: Simulation Network brings together academic and professional colleagues who use simulation in their work. It shares good practice in the use of simulation within USW and externally, and has led to cross-fertilisation of ideas, collaboration and research. Contact Dr Dean Whitcombe. See all the Community of Expertise Networks

The USW Sustainability Network identifies opportunities for our teaching, learning and research to include sustainability and climate change themes, engaging with alumni, research partners, local groups, networks and communities.  USW also has a network of sustainability champions who form a key line of communication between those working in sustainability and the University community. If you are interested in joining a sustainability focus group or becoming a sustainability champion, please email [email protected]

Research Networks

The WISERD Wellbeing Network is aimed at academics engaged in inter-disciplinary and/or multi-disciplinary well-being research and its promotion across policy, and in statutory and non-statutory practice-based contexts. The network seeks to champion well-being research from various disciplines, including, social and political philosophy, social policy, sociology, economics, social geography, political science, psychology, and health. For details please contact Professor Steve Smith.

The Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (DA&SV) Research Network Wales includes key partners from Welsh Government, DA&SV service providers, regional VAWDASV teams, academics and other stakeholders. The network is for anyone interested in setting the research agenda and extending the research base in relation to DA&SV in Wales.  Contact Dr Sarah Wallace or Dr Emily Underwood Lee

The British Society of Criminology Vulnerabilities Research Network is co-chaired by Dr Harriet Pierpoint, Associate Professor within the Centre for Criminology. This network provides a forum for discussion on the complexities inherent to researching vulnerability within the context of crime and justice. The Vulnerability Research Network offers a means for discussion, critical analysis, and knowledge sharing. To this end, it intends to bring academics, practitioners, and policy makers together to establish a 'state of the art' criminal justice vulnerabilities research agenda.