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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.

Current opportunities to join the team >

ECU is currently seeking to recruit 2 x Researchers, Senior Policy Adviser and an Equality Charters Adviser. Details for each role can be found below.

If you would like to apply for any of the roles, please email a completed application form and equal opportunities form to HR@ecu.ac.uk or post to: Victoria Walter, Events and Resources Manager, Equality Challenge Unit, 7th Floor Queens House, 55/56 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3LJ.

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).

Researcher

ECU is currently seeking to recruit two Researchers, permanent contract subject to funding, to be based in London.

Salary: £33,790 per annum

General description of the posts

Both roles will be expected to work independently and as a part of a team in a fast-paced environment, working on all stages and tasks of the research process. This will require liaising closely with other teams in ECU to undertake multiple projects simultaneously and across all equality areas. The post holders must possess strong attention to detail, exercise sound judgment on complex issues/queries, and share ECU’s commitment to delivering robust and impartial research to advance equality and diversity. Further detail about the specific roles is provided below.

Researcher (quantitative)

The researcher will work on the development, analysis and delivery of ECU’s research and data initiatives, particularly those with a quantitative element. This will include leading on the delivery of the latest Athena Survey of Science, Engineering and Technology (ASSET), a national survey examining gender equality among academics in STEMM. A strong quantitative background with experience of large-scale survey data analysis is therefore essential, as is leading research projects from start to finish. Critical to this role will be the ability to not only undertake complex statistical analysis, but also translate these results into concise and accessible findings.

Researcher (mixed methods)

The researcher will work on the development, analysis and delivery of ECU’s research and data initiatives, triangulating data using the most appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods. This will include: undertaking literature reviews; analysing datasets; developing discussion guides; facilitating focus groups and interviews; and synthesising these results into research reports and presentations. Experience in leading research projects on sensitive topics from start to finish, and knowledge of equality and diversity issues, is essential.

The posts will be based in ECU's office in London but incidental travel may be required.

Application and interview

Applications will be assessed against the requirements for the post as set out in the job description and the relevant person specification: person specification - quantitative or person specification - mixed methods .

The deadline for applications for the Researcher roles is Monday 4 July 2016 at 12 noon. We hope to hold interviews for this role on Thursday 14 and Tuesday 19 July 2016. We aim to notify candidates who have been shortlisted by Thursday 7 July 2016.

Senior Policy Adviser

ECU is currently seeking to recruit a Senior Policy Adviser, permanent contract subject to funding, to be based in London.

Salary: £39,172 per annum

General description of the post

Reporting to the Head of Policy and working alongside colleagues in the policy team, the post holder will research, develop and provide professional policy advice, guidance and support on equality and diversity issues to the UK higher education (HE) sector and colleges in the UK. In particular, the post holder should have knowledge on widening participation, social mobility and/or inclusive teaching and learning practice. Liaison with and development of relationships with key external stakeholders and HEIs will be a feature of the work. This post is based in London, but with regular travel across the UK.

The post holder should be able to work independently and to exercise sound judgment on complex issues.  The post holder will also contribute to other aspects of ECU’s activities, as outlined in our current strategy and the associated programme of projects.

Application and interview

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

The deadline for applications for the Senior Policy Adviser role is Monday 4 July 2016 at 12 noon. We hope to hold interviews for this role on Thursday 21 July 2016. We aim to notify candidates who have been shortlisted by Monday 11 July 2016.

ECU Equality Charters Adviser

ECU is currently seeking to recruit an Equality Charters Adviser.

Salary: £33,790 per annum

General description of the post

We are seeking to recruit an Equality Charters Adviser to provide operational support to ECU’s two equality charters: the Race Equality Charter and the Athena SWAN charter.

The post will support both charters, but with a specific focus on the Race Equality Charter. The post has both an internal and external facing role, supporting the assessment of charter applications, as well as building relationships with and providing support to universities and other stakeholders. This post is based in London, but with regular travel across the UK.

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 adviser role is Monday 8 August 2016 at 12 noon. We hope to hold interviews for this role on Wednesday 17 August 2016. We aim to notify candidates who have been shortlisted by Wednesday 10 August 2016. Due to it being holiday season, requests for remote interview will be considered.

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.