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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Advisor

Requisition ID:  5270

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date: 


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.


Salary: £30,942 - £40,322 per annum


Closing Date: 3 November 2020

The Role


The focus of the role will be to play a leading role in supporting the delivery of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, including NUMed, in its EDI activity. As EDI Advisor, you will work closely with the Faculty’s Directors of EDI to lead on the development and implementation of initiatives and policies that will improve diversity within the Faculty, as well as develop a sustainable strategy for its Athena Swan and race equality accreditation work, plus a wide range of overall EDI activities. You will also support the delivery of the University’s EDI agenda and work with colleagues within the EDI team to ensure there is a joined up approach to EDI activities across the University.


Key Accountabilities


  • 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
  • Advise, challenge and support colleagues to apply the values of EDI to operational policies and processes
  • Engage and support colleague and student stakeholder groups, to ensure their voice is heard in the full range of Faculty services, policies and decisions
  • Identify, capture and utilise data to inform and evolve the EDI strategy and action plans for the Faculty and, working with the Faculty Directors of EDI, identifying key areas of focus as they emerge
  • Provide guidance to the University on what data is required for the Faculty to meet its accreditation ambitions
  • Lead on the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of action plans and objectives in relation to formal accreditations (e.g. Athena Swan) to ensure that the Faculty continues to fulfil its ambitions to be visibly leading in EDI
  • Work with the Race Equality and Accreditation Advisor and Faculty Directors of EDI to deliver the Faculty’s race equality work
  • Support the Directors of EDI in monitoring Athena Swan progress across the Faculty
  • Monitor the Faculty EDI budget on behalf of the Directors of EDI
  • Support the Faculty’s EDI Committee by preparing reports, management information, agendas and minutes and monitoring that all follow-up actions are completed
  • Lead on the delivery of the EDI communication strategy for the Faculty – ensuring that this is in line with the wider-University EDI communication strategy and plans
  • Maintain EDI content on internal and external Faculty webpages
  • Organise and lead relevant workshops and events across the Faculty 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 Faculty
  • Work toward ensuring equality analysis is embedded across the Faculty and completed when implementing or reviewing strategies, policies, and procedures. This will include advising colleague on the equality analysis process
  • Attend and represent the Faculty at meetings/conferences both internally and externally
  • When required and capacity allows, lead on and/or support EDI colleagues in the delivery of identified central 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
  • You will report into the Head of EDI and work closely/liaise with Faculty Directors of EDI, Faculty Director of Operations, and the Dean of EDI. You 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


  • In-depth 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 delivering a broad range of EDI initiatives and events. 
  • Experience of providing professional advice to senior colleagues in a complex organisation
  • Ability to assimilate large amounts of information and distil important insights in order to inform practice
  • 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
  • Track record of keeping up-to-date with emerging trends and good practice in EDI, demonstrated by a wide and current network
  • 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    
  • Experience of working with EDI accreditations such as Race Equality Charter, Athena Swan, Stonewall or any equivalent public sector equality framework (Desirable)


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




Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff 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.


Requisition ID: 5270