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Staff and student networks

At the University of Sunderland in London, you'll find a wide range of networks for you to join, dedicated to improving the experience of both staff and students regardless of our backgrounds and experiences. Join us, celebrate what makes the University diverse and get the support you need to succeed.

Staff Networks

The aims of the groups are to: 


The University's full-time Chaplain, Reverend Chris Howson, is based at the University of Sunderland's main campus.

You can get in touch with him at or contact our Health and Wellbeing team for more information.

Other networks

Athena SWAN

Advance HE started the Athena SWAN project in 2005, combining the work of the Athena Project and the Scientific Women's Network (SWAN). The scheme celebrates good employment practices for women working in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics (STEMM) for higher education and research.

Its remit was expanded in 2015 to include the arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), professional and support roles, as well as trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work done to impact gender equality more widely - not just addressing the barriers affecting cis-gendered women.

The University of Sunderland was one of the first to be given the Bronze Award for advancement and promotion of careers for women. Each year, we continue to make progress and practical change to address gender equality and were awarded the Bronze Award again in April 2019.


This network is for students and academics with a research interest in gender and sexuality.

They aim to:

Subscribe to their email list, or contact for more information

The Race, Class and Ethnicity (RaCE) interdisciplinary research network

The Race, Class and Ethnicity (RaCE) Interdisciplinary Research Network was inaugurated in October 2018. The RaCE network was launched in 2018 as a response to the current and past lived experiences of race, class and ethnicity.

The group believe that society is influenced by the economy, poverty and racism and how these three things interact is of concern to the Equality Act 2010 as well as the requirements public bodies have to be anti-discriminatory and inclusive.

You can find out more in our Research section.