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Subscriber stories: University of Manchester

Published: 23/10/2015

Patrick Johnson, Head of Equality and Diversity, explains why University of Manchester have subscribed to ECU.

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‘ECU provides essential support to the sector from enlightening research to comprehensive training, such as on unconscious bias.’

 

What encouraged you to subscribe to ECU?

ECU provides essential support to the sector from enlightening research to comprehensive training, such as on unconscious bias. This along with ECU’s Charters made it an easy decision to subscribe.

What are the main equality and diversity challenges you have in the year ahead that ECU will be able to support you with?

Benchmarking data from its statistical reports to help provide the evidence to advance the equality agenda at my institution.

Guidance and support on diversifying the university board of governors.

Increasing the diversity of senior leaders both in terms of gender and ethnicity.

With the support of their research provide evidence in the development on new equality objectives.

Sharing of good practice to help with advancing the equality agenda.

What are you most excited about in your equality and diversity work? 

I am most excited about our work around the Race Equality Charter and delivering on our actions and hopefully seen a real culture change.

‘I no longer have to go and knock on doors talking about the importance of this agenda, I am inundated from staff wanting to engage.’

Where does equality and diversity sit within your university’s strategy?

It is firmly embedded within the university strategy with relevant key performance indicators.

What piece of ECU work has been most helpful to you?

The Charters, both Athena SWAN and the Race Equality Charter.

What is your personal highlight of working with equality and diversity at your institution?

My personal highlight is that equality and diversity is now a key focus of the university. I no longer have to go and knock on doors talking about the importance of this agenda, I am inundated from staff wanting to engage.