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Join the ECU team and work to support equality and diversity in higher education across the UK and colleges in Scotland

ECU works in the complex, interesting and ever-developing areas of equality and diversity and higher education and colleges in Scotland. We are committed to making a difference for staff and students. Join our team as we work to improve diversity and ensure equality of progression and success for people in the UK HE sector and in colleges in Scotland.

We currently have the following opportunities:

  • Join our Board
  • Equality Charters officer

See the current opportunities to join our team section below.

ECU welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status. We particularly welcome applications from men and black and minority ethnic candidates.

Current opportunities to join the team >

Board member opportunity

Equality Challenge Unit seeks to appoint an additional Board member to succeed Rosemary Stamp, Director of Stamp Consulting, who rotated off the Board in July 2016.

Role profile

  • Board members need to devote a minimum of five days of time per annum, to include attending meetings and supporting the work of the Unit, and may be required on occasion to represent ECU at public events.
  • Board members are directors of the Company. Positions are not remunerated but travel and incidental expenses are reimbursed.

Candidate profile

  • Committed to promoting the highest standards of practice regarding equality and diversity.
  • Track record of success in strategic positions in either the private or not-for-profit sectors in the UK and/or abroad.
  • Understanding of effective corporate governance.
  • Membership/subscription organisation expertise.

To apply: Please find further details in the following documents:

Closing date: 12 September 2016 at 12 noon

The Nominations Committee reserves the right to interview, although it is anticipated that selection may be conducted on the basis of the written applications only.

Equality Charters Officer

If you would like to apply for the role below, please email a completed application form and equal opportunities form to HR@ecu.ac.uk or post to: Helen Galliford, Events and Resources Manager, Equality Challenge Unit, First Floor Westminster Tower, 3 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7SP.

If you would like to request a hard copy application pack please email HR@ecu.ac.uk or  call 020 7438 1010 (24-hour answerphone).

Equality Charters Officer

ECU is currently seeking to recruit an Equality Charters Officer.

Salary: £30,022 per annum

General description of the post

We are seeking to recruit an Equality charters officer to provide key infrastructural support to the Athena SWAN Charter. As part of the equality charters team, the post holder will need to liaise with Athena SWAN Charter members and the Athena SWAN advisory groups.

Application and interview

Applications will be assessed against the requirements for the post as set out in the job description and person specification.

The deadline for applications for the Equality charters officer role is Wednesday 14 September at 12 noon. We hope to hold interviews for this role on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 September. We aim to notify candidates who have been shortlisted by Wednesday 21 September due to it being holiday season, requests for remote interview will be considered.

Application forms should be returned to Helen Galliford, Events and Resources Manager, Equality Challenge Unit, First Floor Westminster Tower, 3 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7SP or by email to HR@ecu.ac.uk

ECU welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status. We particularly welcome applications from men and black and minority ethnic candidates.

Benefits of working for ECU >

We believe that our team should be supported and have continuous learning and development opportunities. We offer a comprehensive employee assistance programme and have a strong commitment to employee welfare.

Benefits include:

  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays, with 4 additional discretionary days
  • Pension scheme
  • Flexitime system
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Season ticket loans
Equality monitoring >

ECU values diversity and we encourage and welcome applicants from all sections of society. We ask applicants to complete and return an equal opportunities monitoring form with their application, to help us check the effectiveness of our recruitment and equality and diversity policies.

This information will be treated confidentially and will be separated from your application on receipt. This information will not form part of your application and will not be seen by the panel shortlisting or interviewing applicants. You may send this form in a separate envelope if you wish.

If you choose not to complete this form, your application will not be affected. Please contact us for a copy.