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Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Corporate Service

Location:  Stoke campus
Salary:   £51,034 to £59,135 per annum
Tenure:  Full time Permanent
Release Date:  Wednesday 21 July 2021
Closing Date:   Sunday 15 August 2021
Reference:  CS21-01R

Who is Staffordshire University?

Staffordshire University is an award-winning institution with over 100 years’ experience in delivering excellent higher education. Our main Stoke-on-Trent campus is in the heart of the UK, with Centres of Excellence in Stafford and Shrewsbury and a new, cutting-edge Digital Institute in London. We recently entered THE World University rankings for the first time, secured TEF Gold, and climbed in all the league tables. 

The EDI challenge  

We are looking for an exceptional Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion who can continue to stretch our thinking and drive forward our approach to inclusion. We will look to you to bring your expertise and understanding of our business and continue to build a culture that makes us a more inclusive place to work and study. 

You will lead on real business challenges, working with others to address disproportionate outcomes and address unintended bias or discrimination. You’ll play a major part in delivering our race action plan commitments and Access and Participation Plan, together with delivering continuous improvement in our pay gap metrics.

As a leader in your field and a role model for inclusivity, you’ll be responsible for delivering our EDI strategic priorities and plan, while working creatively and innovatively to drive the change needed to achieve our ambitions. You will build on our work to date and bring new thinking into the University while delivering a hands-on practical approach to embedding best practice throughout our systems, processes and management approaches. In this cross-cutting role, you’ll work collaboratively with our existing expert functions and internal networks making the most of the opportunities to use people’s lived experience to continue to build insight and find effective solutions in building the broader understanding of and engagement with our inclusion and diversity agenda.   

What you’ll bring 

With your expert knowledge of EDI policy, trends, best practice and legislation, you’ll be passionate about EDI, highly collaborative and able to build relationships at all levels to champion our EDI agenda.  With exceptional writing, data analysis and communication skills, and proven ability to inspire, motivate and influence others, you’ll have demonstrable experience in dealing with a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds on sensitive and complex issues.   Results-focused and highly organised, you’ll have a successful track record of managing multiple projects and embedding initiatives within a large organisation.

Applications for the role should be made by sending your CV to our retained consultant Basil leRoux at Berwick Partners -

Should you wish to have an initial confidential discussion before applying, please call him on 07771 516967.

In return for your dedication, we have a competitive benefits package available

  • Competitive incremental rates of Pay
  • Starting from 29 days Annual Leave (depending on job grade) plus 11 days Bank Holiday and Discretionary days
  • Excellent Pension Scheme
  • Access to continued professional and personal development
  • An opportunity to become part of the wider University community
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Discounted Health & Fitness Facilities on site at the Stoke Campus
  • Discounted Travel by Rail or Bus, with the option of season tickets loans


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Further details:

Staffordshire University is committed to promoting and enabling a positive culture where staff, students and visitors are confident to be their authentic selves. We focus on inclusion as a way to ensure equality of opportunity for all our people and to demonstrate our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Human Rights.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, regardless of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits a diverse organisation can bring for the University. 

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, who are currently under-represented in the University workforce.



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