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Our continued success relies on the many talents of all our staff. We aim to create an environment to maximise the benefit of our diverse community, enabling all staff and students to achieve their full potential and help us to attract and retain some of the most talented and motivated staff from around the world. 

A number of staff networks exist across the University including: 

BAME Network 

The Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Network aims to provide a voice for BAME staff in the University and to engage with BAME postgraduate students at the University. 

The network welcomes and encourages participation from all BAME staff at Durham University who by virtue of their race, religion, colour or ethnic origin are identifiable as being different from the ethnic majority. 

Disability Network

The aims of the Network are to first and foremost provide a voice for staff with disabilities and to create a space where issues affecting staff with disabilities can be discussed in a supportive and confidential way.  

However, it is not just about the sharing of experiences, no matter how important that is. The network is about establishing a legitimate voice for staff with disabilities and ensuring that our voices are heard in the right places. 

First Generation Scholars 

The First Generation Scholars network aims to celebrate and promote the achievements of people who are the first generation in their family to go to University. The network also provides the extra support First Generation Scholars may need to negotiate University life and get the most from their time at Durham.  

First Generation Staff 

The First Generation Staff Network brings together academic and professional services staff who self-identify as first-generation university graduates or who wish to support first generation students.

The network aims to celebrate and promote the achievements of all members through events, discussion forums, mentoring, network meetings and training events


The LGBT Staff Network exists for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender staff members at the University, their family and friends. Membership is drawn from across the University's departments and divisions, covering both staff and postgraduate students. 


The MAMS Network exists for members who are mothers and expectant mothers at the University. Our membership is drawn from across the University's departments and divisions, covering both staff and students. We meet informally at least once a term and keep in touch via email updates and a Facebook page.  


Women@DU is a new network that brings together staff from across Durham University who identify as women, in order to share experiences, opportunities and knowledge, offering mutual support and a networking space to discuss issues that are important to us. 

For further information please visit the Let's Network pages.