Support for Researchers

Staff Networks

Networks and organisations bringing together and representing staff groups at University of Edinburgh.

Disabled Staff Network

The Disabled Staff Network aims to provide a network of mutual support and a collective voice for staff with disabilities, restrictive health conditions and caring responsibilities. We also maintain close links with Human Resources, in particular the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group. The network works with the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and the Staff Disability Officer to progress disability issues and make improvements.

Disabled Staff Network

Staff BAME Network

The Staff BAME network welcomes all Black, Asian, minority ethnic academic and professional staff, including PhD researchers, at the University of Edinburgh.

We provide a safe space for the BAME members to share their challenges, experiences, and stories. We also aim to improve BAME members’ engagement within the higher education system through a wide range of activities that foster support for one another and celebrate BAME members’ achievements.

We work collectively to strive for racial equality and justice at the University and beyond.

Staff BAME Network

Edinburgh Race Equality Network

The EREN was set up to provide a place for Staff at the University of Edinburgh to discuss and support BAME issues and experiences. Aligned with the Diversity and Equality function of the University, the Network looks to create events, support the community and encourage the University to be more egalitarian, more diverse and fair.

Edinburgh Race Equality Network

Staff Pride Network

The Staff Pride Network is an inclusive network that serves as a resource for the rich diversity of LGBT+ employees across the institution, including PhD students who prefer to attend staff events.  We strive to take an intersectional approach to providing a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for all people who self identify as part of LGBT+ communities, whether or not they are 'out' in the wider world, and to make LGBT+ issues more visible within the University environment.  

Staff Pride Network

University & College Union

UCU are the largest community of academic professionals in the UK, a vibrant democratic community aiming to improve the working lives of University and College staff.  UCU participate in the negotiation of your pay and conditions, lobby to improve the status of higher education staff and can provide representation if you have a problem at work.

University & College Union [external link]

UCU Edinburgh [external link]

UCU Edinburgh Postgrad & Postdoc Network [external link]

Long-term Research Staff Network

The Long-term research staff network is for research staff who have been on research-only fixed-term (or open-ended subject to funding) contracts for more than 8 years in total. The 8 years do not have to be consecutive and do not have to have been at the University of Edinburgh. For example, you may have had a career break or only been at the university for 1 year and spent more than 8 years on fixed-term contracts elsewhere.  The aims of this network are to provide 1) a forum for LTRS to exchange stories, contacts, ideas, advice, etc 2) a space to organize talks, discussions or debates around themes specific to long-term or career researchers and that can be open to non-group members.  

Long-term Research Staff Network on Teams

Blog post on the creation of the Long-term Research Staff Network

Support for Technicians

The University of Edinburgh signed the Technician Commitment in September 2017 recognising the important role technicians play in research, teaching and supporting students.  The University employs 1000 technicians working across all subject areas. 

Support for Technicians

Technician Steering Committee