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Head of EDI and Engagement

Kent, United Kingdom, £ 51034 - 54131 per year, Permanent


If you are motivated by being an active member of a team committed to making a positive difference to the experience of working and studying in Higher Education, then we want to hear from you! The People, Culture and Inclusion team at Canterbury Christ Church University are ambitious for change, it’s at the heart of everything we do.  Our aim is to inspire people to work together for a better future so they can flourish and do their best work in an inclusive work and learning environment. We stand up for equality, celebrate diversity and are motivated by making a positive difference to our students, our colleagues and our university communities. We have a number of exciting projects underway and will shortly be signing up to achieve the Race Equality Charter, - a crucial lever for the changes we want to bring about.  Our team is part of the HR & OD Department and we work in partnership with other teams in the Department and with academic and professional services colleagues across the University.  You will be joining us at an exciting time when you will have the opportunity to shape the EDI team, influence the equalities agenda and support our leaders to role model inclusive practices.

The Role

Reporting to the Head of People, Culture and Inclusion, you will work with our university community to support us in becoming a more inclusive employer, increasing the diversity of our workforce, alongside the growing diversity of our students.  You will support colleagues across the university to work towards achieving equal outcomes for all our students and will provide strong leadership, championing diversity and inclusion and proactively influence the culture of the organisation. You will be leading on some key projects, including achieving the Race Equality Charter and will be working with our senior leaders to bring about culture change. Maintaining positive relationships with staff and students across the university, as well as stakeholders in our community, will be critical to the success of the role.  You will lead and be accountable for the EDI team, championing a diverse and inclusive work environment, and ensuring the delivery of the team’s strategic and business plan, including engagement and development initiatives.

The Person

You will have a singificant experience of working in the equalities field and be able to demonstrate your growth and development as an EDI practitioner.  Detailed up-to-date knowledge and understanding of diversity and inclusion issues, with significant senior level experience of designing, delivering and evaluating effective diversity and inclusion activities is essential.  Sound persuasion and influencing skills to foster and maintain key relationships, including with a range of stakeholders, will be a pre-requisite for the successful candidate. You will need personal and professional credibility to be able to challenge established assumptions and ways of working and to make a valuable contribution to developing inclusive behaviours and working practices for students and staff.

Additional Information

Canterbury Christ Church University is located in the world famous Cathedral city amongst stunning history and heritage. Canterbury is a thriving international destination, with many students and staff choosing to study and work here, making this historic, cosmopolitan city vibrant and culturally diverse.

Our staff enjoy competitive salaries and a great working environment with a number of benefits ranging from the occupational pension scheme to use of the University’s facilities including the library and fitness centre. We are strongly committed to equality and recognise the value of a diverse workforce.

We offer generous holiday entitlements plus eight bank and public holidays, as well as discretionary days over the Christmas period.

We value the unique experience that every individual can bring to our organisation and welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and ethnicities and with all different kinds of life experiences.



Job Details

Full Time
Kent, United Kingdom
£ 51034 - 54131 per year