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Networks and societies

Staff and students have come together to form networks and societies to represent, support and engage members who share a similar background, characteristic or common cause. These groups are autonomous, with their own terms of reference and aims for their members. However, the University supports these groups where possible, and will consult with these groups when developing new policies or amending existing ones.

If you don't see a staff network that you feel there is a need for, and would like to form a group, then please contact us. The Diversity Team will support any relevant networks to proposer where they can. Student societies are supported by SUSU and new groups should speak to the Student Activities office for help in getting going.

Staff networks

Staff networks raise the visibility of under-represented groups of staff and support their members, through representation in consultations, organising targeted development programmes and social gatherings.

Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Network

Chair: Gwen Gordon Visit the the Shine website

The Network launched in May 2017 aims to raise awareness of and promote race equality and cultural diversity at the University. All black, Asian and minority ethnic staff - academic and professional services - and postgraduate research students are welcome. 


Parents' and Carers' Network

Chair: Lisa C Hanley Visit the P&CN pages

The network launched in May 2012 with the aim of supporting the working lives of colleagues who are carers - anyone looking after children, or someone not able to care for themselves due to old age or a disability. The network has grown rapidly and meets monthly for informal networking lunches and briefings on topics of interest.

If you are would like to join or request more information on forthcoming meetings, then please see the website or contact the Diversity Team.


Chair: Dr Dawn-Marie Walker Visit the website

The Women in Science, Engineering and Technology group (WiSET) is a network of female staff who work in the typically male-dominated disciplines of sciences, engineering, technology, mathematics and medicine. They organise the annual Campbell Lecture to raise awareness of women in STEM, and their steering group works year-round to promote equality for women in STEM.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans (Pulse LGBT+) Staff Network

Chair: Andrew Paul Landells Visit the website

The LGBT Network was formed in July 2010 by around 30 LGBT staff that came together to share their ideas to support each other, and to work with the University for improved recognition and support. With backing from the Diversity Team and key leaders, the Network has become a successful group which meets regularly to discuss issues its members have encountered, and develop strategies to address them. They also hold regular social gatherings.

Student societies

Student societies are similar to staff networks: they are autonomous groups of students with shared aims, although the majority are affiliated with SUSU, which provides funding and resources for running a society. Some may charge a membership fee, though this is usually small.

All student societies affiliated with SUSU are listed, with contact details, on the SUSU website. Please look there for a complete list of religious and international societies.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans Society

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans (LGBT) Society has a strong membership from across the University, with a committee dedicated to supporting LGBT students during their studies, as well as organising inclusive socials for LGBT students to meet in a safe environment. The society's activities are diverse, with educational film nights, political events, awareness campaigns and guest speakers, as well as regular socials to various Southampton venues. Committee members also work closely with the University's Diversity Team and SUSU's Welfare Committee to ensure LGBT students' issues are heard.

Feminist Society

The Student Union Feminist Society is for anyone who supports the feminist movement, which seeks true equality for men and women in society. As such, the society encourages male members as well as female, and events are inclusive of both genders. Activities are largely political, with discussions, debates, film screening and guest speakers, complimented by regular socials.

Religious societies

The Students' Union is affiliated with a number of religious societies. Each society may have different aims, but they generally offer a place for those of a given religion to meet, discuss and practice their religion in the University. They can also represent their members to the Students' Union through the Religious Students' Union (RSU), which hopes to celebrate religious diversity by bringing different religious societies together for common causes and joint events.

International societies

There are many international societies, representing the many nations, regions and cultures from across the globe present  in Southampton. These societies are typically open to all, offering anyone the opportunity to learn about a new culture, although their main aim is to support students who may be a long way from home who seek something familiar.

Did you know?

Many student societies also welcome staff as affiliate members.

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