Thank you for your interest in the Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion role. The University of Manchester is a diverse, international community of over 40,000 students and almost 13,000 staff. We enjoy a global reputation for the quality of our teaching and research and we are proud to contribute to the expansion of educational, social and cultural opportunities in Manchester and the wider region.
Our recently launched strategy, Our Future, sets out the vision and strategic plan for the University into our third century. It builds on a rich heritage of discovery, social change and pioneering spirit that is at the heart of our University and our city region. It places our people and our values at the heart of our strategy and emphasises our commitment to transforming the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of our communities through our teaching, research and public events and activities.
We are now seeking to appoint the Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). The Director of EDI is a new role, created to provide leadership of the EDI agenda across the entire University and drive forward a bold and ambitious programme of change. Reporting to me, the Director of EDI will be responsible for developing and implementing our EDI strategy and ensuring that equality, diversity and inclusion strengthen our University and inform and guide our core activities. Working with colleagues, including senior leaders, across the University, the Director will focus on accelerating the pace of change in EDI and delivering a comprehensive set of objectives.
An inclusive environment is fundamental to the success of our University. The creation of this new role is just one indicator of our commitment to becoming sector leading in EDI and an organisation where all our students and staff thrive and fulfil their potential.
We are proud of some of our achievements in EDI, for example, we are one of the UK’s most gay-friendly workplaces in Stonewall’s LGBT Workplace Equality Index, we hold equality charter marks for both gender and racial equality, and we hold a Bronze Athena SWAN Award that recognises and celebrates good practice towards the advancement of gender equality. However, we know that we have much more to do and our new Director of EDI will work closely with our Vice-President for Social Responsibility, Professor Nalin Thakkar, the Human Resources team and colleagues across the University, including student and stakeholder communities, to deliver our new EDI strategy.
You will be an established EDI professional with experience of setting and leading EDI strategy and operations in large and complex organisations. You will bring a track record of delivering measurable change and the expert knowledge to advise colleagues at all levels on relevant EDI matters. As well as being an EDI subject matter expert, we would expect the successful candidate to lead the development of both qualitative and quantitative data to measure the impact of EDI initiatives. An experienced manager of people and resources with a high degree of cultural sensitivity, you will be passionate about creating an inclusive and supportive environment where everyone can participate fully.
The University of Manchester is a truly exceptional and special place, and you can find out more about the University and the Director of EDI role on this site. I do hope that you will express an interest in joining us.
Our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley would be delighted to discuss the role with you. Their details can also be found on this site.
The University of Manchester is the UK’s largest single-site university. It was the first and most eminent of England’s civic universities. Part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, Manchester has outstanding facilities and the widest range of courses. We are highly respected across the globe as a centre of teaching excellence and innovative research.
With 25 Nobel prize winners among our current and former staff and students, we have a history of world firsts and brilliant discoveries, from splitting the atom to giving the world graphene. We’re committed to world-class research, an outstanding learning and student experience, and social responsibility in everything we do.
We are ranked 36th in the world, eighth in Europe and fifth in the UK in the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities. We are also ranked seventh in Europe in the 2018 Reuters Top 100 Most Innovative Universities.
We are also well underway with one of the biggest investments in facilities undertaken by any UK university. This ten-year plan will transform our campus and create world-class facilities for staff, students and visitors in support of our global ambitions.
Hear what The University of Manchester means to our Chancellor, the award-winning writer and broadcaster Lemn Sissay MBE:
The University is divided into Faculties, Schools, Institutes and hundreds of specialist research groups, all of which undertake pioneering multidisciplinary teaching and research of worldwide significance. The Faculties, Schools, Institutes and research group are supported by a broad range of professional service teams and functions. The University’s academic structure is:
Faculty of Humanities
Alliance Manchester Business School; School of Arts, Languages and Cultures; School of Environment, Education and Development; School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
School of Biological Sciences; School of Health Sciences; School of Medical Sciences
Faculty of Science and Engineering
School of Engineering; School of Natural Sciences
Our new vision and strategic plan for The University of Manchester will take us into our third century. It builds on a rich heritage of discovery, social change and pioneering spirit that is at the heart of our University and our city region: https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/vision/
Making a difference
The University is transforming the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of our communities through our teaching, research and public events and activities. Some of our highlights include:
Widening participation is firmly embedded into how we run the University. A key ambition for teaching, learning and the student experience is for there to be no barriers to studying and no boundaries to learning.
Widening participation addresses patterns of under-representation in higher education. To do this, we target prospective students from groups that are currently under-represented, including students:
We have made significant progress in widening access – the University is in the top quintile of the Russell Group for the number of students from areas of low participation in higher education and lower socioeconomic backgrounds; we have one of the highest number of students from low-income backgrounds in the English Russell Group, with more than a quarter of our undergraduate students coming from low income households (less than £25,000 per year); and about a third of our new UK undergraduates receive financial support through our means-tested Manchester Bursary. Whilst we are proud of these achievements, we recognise that there is more to do and we are committed to a series of actions to ensure that we continue to remove barriers to studying and boundaries to learning.
You can find out more by exploring our Annual Report on Widening Participation which provides concrete examples of the wide range of work we’re involved in across the student lifecycle. You can also read our current Access and Participation Plan with the Office for Students, which sets out how we aim to improve equality of opportunity in higher education across all areas of the student lifecycle.
We are also proud to contribute to the expansion of educational, social and cultural opportunities in Manchester and the wider region. Some of our highlights include:
You can read much more about the University on our main website here https://www.manchester.ac.uk/
About Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
The University is committed to creating an environment where diversity is celebrated and everyone is treated fairly, regardless of gender, gender identity, disability, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital or transgender status, age, or nationality.
We have a genuine commitment to equality of opportunity for our staff and students, and are proud to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse community we serve.
As a University, when we talk about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, we mean:
Our University is a very diverse community: 16% of our staff are from a black and minority ethnic background, women make up 48% of our workforce, and international staff members make up 22%. We also have more than 40,000 students, including 11,000 international students from more than 160 countries.
We publish a report each year that details information on all staff and students at the University:
Embedding equality, diversity and inclusion in our culture
One of the values at the heart of our vision and strategic plan is a commitment to equality and diversity, and to equal opportunities for all.
Championing equality and diversity in all our activities, including staff employment and advancement, also forms part of our commitment to one of our core goals: social responsibility.
We believe that everyone at Manchester has a duty to ensure equality and diversity legislation is followed and implemented. Recognising, embracing and valuing difference leads to improvements for all, including:
Our new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy
The University is strongly committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and we have a wide range of mechanisms though which we support our activities. We have built a strong foundation and have robust policies, action plans and support services and networks in place that evidence our commitment. However, similar to other organisations, we are not making progress at the pace we would like.
As an institution with a strong sense of social responsibility, we know that we have a role to play in leading on cultural change. To do this, we will create an inclusive and supportive environment for our community. It is important that our leaders and managers are courageous and identify actions that will turn our aspirations into reality. Our new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, to be published in early 2021, provides a road map that will guide them along the way. It will include a series of Priorities and Measure of Success that reach across all aspects of the University and will ensure that we accelerate the pace of change where needed.
Commitment beyond legislation
We are fully committed to both meeting and exceeding our obligations under current legislation. By doing more than what’s required by law, we build on Manchester’s existing reputation for diversity and ensure we equip all our staff and students with the knowledge to sustain and enjoy a fully inclusive working environment.
Specialist staff networks, forums and events are just some of the ways in which we keep our community connected and engaged with diversity issues. Our efforts in going above and beyond legislation have resulted in us receiving several awards by relevant external bodies.
Gender Pay Gap report
The University’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion is a priority in our strategic plan. Our aim to achieve gender balance at senior levels is embedded in our published equality and diversity objectives with a pledge to improve the representation of women in senior leadership, academic and professional support positions.
The University seeks to meet this pledge through a range of progressive and innovative employment policies and practices, and its membership of, and commitment to, the Athena SWAN Charter.
Reports to: Registrar, Secretary and Chief Operating Officer
Department: Directorate of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Budget: £50,000 to support university-wide equality, diversity and inclusion related activities
Direct reports (5 direct reports):
To provide the depth and breadth of leadership required to enable the University to realise its ambition to be sector leading in equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and an exemplar for all. To lead the development and implementation of an ambitious EDI strategy and supporting enabling interventions and policies for staff and students that will contribute to the achievement of the University’s strategy “Our Future”. Additionally, to provide expert advice and guidance to the University and its senior leaders in EDI.
Internal and external relationships:
Knowledge, skills and experience needed:
Other contextual information / special features:
A competitive salary will be agreed with the successful candidate.
The annual leave year is 1st October to 30th September and entitlement is 29 days plus four days Christmas closure plus public holidays.
The post holder will join the University Superannuation Scheme (USS).
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Anderson Quigley is acting as an employment advisor to the University. An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.
Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley: Elliott Rae on +44 (0)7584 078 534 or Elyse Turner-Pearce on +44 (0)7808 648 559.
The closing date for applications is noon on Friday, 12th February 2021.
Applications should consist of:
Completed applications should be uploaded at www.andersonquigley.com/candidates using the reference AQ1037.