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Patrick Johnson’s profile

Head of Equality and Diversity, University of Manchester


Patrick Johnson has always been involved in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion throughout his working life.  Whilst working as a careers adviser in Stoke-on-Trent in the early 1990s Patrick had an interest in and undertook research into the attainment and progression of white working class boys.

In subsequent job roles Patrick has helped to organise college programmes and training opportunities for 14 and 15 year olds who were not in education.  He developed and managed bespoke career mentoring programmes for BME and disabled undergraduates and has worked with large graduate recruiters to help them increase the diversity of their recruits.

Patrick is passionate about diversity and inclusion and has sat on a number of national committees including: REF2014 equality and diversity panel and the vitae ‘Every Researcher Counts’ advisory board.  Patrick is currently a member of the BEIS ministerial diversity steering group.

In his current role as Head of Equality and Diversity at the University of Manchester has given Patrick an opportunity to develop strategy and influence policy and practice in a large diverse institution.

Patrick’s motivation, enthusiasm and interest will ensure that he always has a focus on equality, diversity and inclusion.  He believes that as a board member his experience as an equality and diversity practitioner offers an alternative insight into higher education that contributes to and supports ECU and the work we are engaged in.