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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.

See the Current opportunities to join our team section below:

  • Researcher (6-12 months fixed term contract)

ECU welcomes all applicants and particularly men, disabled people and those from minority ethnic backgrounds as they are underrepresented at ECU at Grade D, Grades C and D, and Grade A respectively.

Current opportunities to join the team >

ECU is currently seeking to recruit a Researcher (6-12 months fixed term contract).

Salary: £39,837 per annum

General description of the post

ECU’s approach is evidence-based, using research to identify and change practices that unfairly exclude, marginalise or disadvantage staff and students. The work of the Research team is central to these aims, and the post holder will contribute significantly to consolidating the evidence base, advancing equality and raising the profile of ECU in the sector.

The post holder will develop and lead complex research projects on sensitive topics across all equality categories, including research design, data mining and analysis, visualisation, dissemination and external stakeholder engagement. They will be experienced in multiple research methodologies, ethics, reliability, validity, data protection and data management. The post holder should be able to work independently as well as with all teams across ECU on internal and externally commissioned projects. The post holder will also liaise with and develop relationships with key external stakeholders and manage subscribing HEI accounts.

The post will report to the Research Manager, and deputise for the Research Manager as needed.

ECU welcomes all applicants and particularly men, disabled people and those from minority ethnic backgrounds as they are underrepresented at ECU at Grade D, Grades C and D, and Grade A respectively.

Benefits include 27 days holiday per year plus bank holidays and four additional days, flexi-time and pension scheme.


Please download the application form here, request an application pack from or call 020 7438 1010 (24-hour answerphone).

Application forms should be returned by email to: or by post to:

HR (recruitment)
Equality Challenge Unit
First floor, Westminster Tower
3 Albert Embankment
London, SE1 7SP

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 researcher role has been extended to Monday 12 February 2018 at 12 noon. We aim to notify candidates who have been shortlisted by Wednesday 14 February 2018.

We plan to hold interviews for this role on Tuesday 20 February 2018.

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 works to advance equality. Upon submitting your application to ECU’s HR team we will kindly ask all applicants to complete our equality and diversity monitoring survey. The information you provide is anonymous and only used for diversity reporting purposes. We hope you will complete this survey to help us in our commitment to equality and diversity. However, if you choose not to your application will not be adversely affected.