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EDI Charters Advisor

Requisition ID:  22929

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  12-Sep-2022


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Salary: £32,348 to £34,308 with progression to £42,155 per annum


Closing Date: 16 October 2022


The Role

The University has a values-led Vision and Strategy which sets out an ambitious and exciting journey: to be a people focused, visibly leading university that harnesses academic excellence, innovation and creativity to advance knowledge and provide benefits to individuals, to organisations and to society as a whole.  In order to achieve this vision, we recognise that our people, and our culture are critical to our success.   


As a University we have a long-standing commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and hold EDI as one of our core values. In line with continuing to deliver on our EDI commitments, an exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced professional to join our team of EDI professionals and lead on our accreditation work. 


Based within People Services, as EDI Advisor, you will report into the Head of EDI and Colleague Wellbeing and will have responsibility for leading external equality accreditations.  Managing the University’s work towards achieving and progressing key equality charters and benchmark activities. You will develop sustainable strategies for our Athena Swan and Race Equality accreditation work and support the delivery of the University’s EDI agenda, working closely with the Dean of EDI and colleagues within the EDI team to ensure there is a joined up approach to EDI activities.


This is a fixed-term appointment to cover a colleague absence for up to a period of 10 months depending on start date.


For informal enquiries, please contact Paul Britton,, Head of EDI and Colleague Wellbeing. 


Key Accountabilities

•    Lead on the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of action plans and objectives in relation to all agreed formal accreditations to ensure that the University continues to fulfil its ambitions to be visibly leading in EDI

•    Support the formal and informal governance structures that underpin accreditations across the University, supporting all stakeholders, including our student community to be actively and effectively engaged

•    Provide guidance to the University on what data is required to meet its accreditation ambitions and support any enhancements to data capture and reporting

•    Support the Gender Pay Gap reporting process

•    Support the implementation of the University’s Equality Analysis (EA) process, ensuring equality analysis is embedded across the University and completed when implementing or reviewing strategies, policies, and procedures

•    Identify, capture and utilise data to inform and evolve the University’s EDI strategy and action plans and, working with the Head of EDI and Colleague Wellbeing and Dean of EDI, identifying key areas of focus as they emerge

•    Identify, recommend and encourage the embedding of strategies that promote an inclusive and supportive culture in all aspects of the workplace, and to lead on the implementation of EDI initiatives where appropriate

•    Contribute to policy review and development, liaising and consulting with key stakeholders to ensure high levels of engagement, participation and compliance

•    Coordinate and review the University’s memberships and engagement with organisations such as the Business Disability Forum and Stonewall to ensure we maximise the benefits of our memberships

•    Support University EDI Committees by preparing reports, management information, agendas and minutes and monitoring that all follow-up actions are completed

•    Organise and lead relevant workshops and events across the University in order to share good practice and, in conjunction with the wider-University EDI Team, support the University by highlighting priority areas of focus for EDI training and contributing to the overall EDI events calendar and training offer

•    Collaborate with relevant staff in other Universities and external organisations (e.g. Advance HE) in order to share good practice

•    Utilising knowledge of current EDI legislation and good practice, evaluate and advise on how internal and external changes might impact upon the policies, procedures and culture of the University

•    Attend and represent the University at meetings/conferences both internally and externally

•    When required and capacity allows, lead on and/or support EDI colleagues in the delivery of identified Faculty EDI projects and/or initiatives

•    Provide colleagues with advice and guidance on individual matters relating to EDI, including signposting to appropriate sources of help and support

•    Coordinate responses to EDI Freedom of Information requests

•    The post will report into the Head of EDI and Colleague Wellbeing and work closely/liaise with the Dean of EDI and Faculty EDI Directors. The post will also work with a range of academic and Professional Services colleagues that make up our EDI Leads to contribute to the active progression of the overall EDI agenda and the delivery of the University’s EDI strategy

•    Any other duties within the scope and general nature of the grade which may be required

The Person 


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

•    Experience of working with EDI accreditations such as Race Equality Charter, Athena Swan, Stonewall or equivalent equality framework
•    Knowledge and understanding of EDI legislation and good practice, as well as an ability to demonstrate how this has been applied in previous roles
•    Evidence of successful project management in a complex organisation
•    Experience of providing professional advice to senior colleagues in a complex organisation
•    Strong data collection and analysis skills, ability to use metrics and data to support critical thinking and service improvement
•    Well-developed skills in managing and manipulating data through appropriate applications such as Excel
•    Experience of engaging, consulting and working with relevant stakeholders, demonstrated by evidence of influencing and changing organisational culture, behaviour, and/or practices
•    Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills, as well as the ability to engage colleagues at all levels and respond sensitively to a range of views
•    Excellent IT skills, including the use of social media


Attributes and Behaviour

•    Evidence of passion and commitment in engendering an inclusive working environment
•    Ability to think strategically and to adopt a proactive approach to finding innovative and effective solutions to complex problems
•    Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to persuade, convince, influence and negotiate with others in order to achieve results and gain support
•    Evidence of promoting and actively driving change within own area and across an organisation
•    Evidence of excellent judgement in dealing with and responding to sensitive situations
•    Ability to work autonomously as well as being a strong team player



•    Degree level qualification or equivalent experience





The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 22929