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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Expert - Genome Research LTD EDI Forum

Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom, Contract

Posted: 21 days ago

Sanger Institute


We are looking for an external expert in EDI to provide strategic advice, support and guidance to ensure that we are meeting our aims and objectives in our EDI GRL forum (this includes Sanger and Connecting Science.)

The individual will:

  • Input into shaping our EDI priorities
  • Challenge our way of working and interrogate our data
  • Highlight opportunities and innovative practice in EDI

GRL has been a member of the Athena SWAN Charter since 2013, and we had our Bronze Award renewed in 2016.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Forum was set-up in 2017 and leads on a broader programme of work that addresses equality issues at their source.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Forum –terms of reference

The EDI Forum has the following responsibilities:

  • To provide long-term support and strategic leadership and be the organisational champion for equality diversity and inclusion
  • To ensure compliance with equality and diversity legislation and ensure that EDI issues are a key consideration in the development and implementation of policy and processes
  • To monitor the outcomes of policy and processes and recommend appropriate remedial measures
  • To oversee the implementation and monitor progress of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Objectives, holding accountable key stakeholders for delivery of the plan in their respective areas
  • To raise the level of awareness and active engagement of staff in diversity and equality matters
  • To make recommendations to the Athena SWAN Operational Group.

Change and improvements are demonstrated and evidenced though staff surveys, focus groups and staff data.


Membership of the EDI Forum encompasses staff with a broad range of experiences and responsibilities, including the Director, senior management and staff at different levels across the organisation.


The Forum meets twice a year.

We anticipate a commitment from members to attend 2 half day meetings a year with an additional 1-2 days commitment for emails or teleconferences. Members will be reimbursed for travel and subsistence and in addition, paid an honoraria fee for attendance at meetings. We will pay up to 4 days honorarium/year at £700 per day (depending on skills and experience)

For informal enquiries about this advert, please contact Dr Saher Ahmed, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: 

Essential Skills

  • Experience of leading on EDI initiatives/research in, either a corporate, public sector or an academic setting
  • Knowledge of the impact of the intersection of multiple identities leading to inequality
  • Knowledge of social science research on EDI issues
  • Understanding of qualitative approaches to gathering EDI data/information
  • Understanding of the different methodologies to drive organisational workplace inclusivity
  • Knowledge of EDI legislation - understanding of the effects of discrimination on grounds of e.g. age, disability, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation
  • Large network of contacts in the area of EDI

Other information

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a charitably funded research centre and committed to training the next generation of genome scientists. Focused on understanding the role of genetics in health and disease and a world leader in the genomic revolution, our mission is to use genome sequences to advance understanding of human and pathogen biology in order to improve human health. We aim to provide results that can be translated into diagnostics, treatments or therapies that reduce global health burdens. Our science is large-scale and organised into Programmes, led by our Faculty who conceive and deliver our science, and supported by our Scientific Operations teams responsible for all data production pipelines at the Institute.

Our Campus Set over 125 acres, the stunning and dynamic Wellcome Genome Campus is the biggest aggregate concentration of people in the world working on the common theme of Genomes and BioData. It brings together a diverse and exceptional scientific community, committed to delivering life-changing science with the reach, scale and imagination to pursue some of humanity’s greatest challenges.

Our Benefits: Our employees have access to a comprehensive range of benefits and facilities including:

  • Group Defined Contribution Pension Scheme and Life Assurance
  • Group Income Protection
  • Private Health Insurance
  • 25 days annual leave, increasing by one day a year to a maximum of 30
  • Family friendly environment including options for flexible and part-time working, a childcare voucher scheme, Campus Nursery and Summer holiday club
  • Two days paid Employee Volunteering Leave a year
  • Employee Discount Scheme
  • Campus Gym, tennis courts, cricket pitch and sports hall plus a range of dining facilities
  • Active Campus Sports and Social Club
  • Free Campus Bus Service

Genome Research Limited is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We will consider all applicants without discrimination on grounds of disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. We are open to a range of UK-based flexible working options including part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

Please include a covering letter and CV with your application. Closing date: 21st August 2018  


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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom