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Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion


The University of Leeds is one of the UK’s largest higher education institutions, and we are renowned globally for the quality of our teaching and research. We encourage enquiry, discovery, and achievement by bringing together academic excellence and an inspirational learning environment. Our ambitions are underpinned by an outstanding community of staff and students, a world-class campus and a strong financial position. The University also plays a key role at the heart of one of the UK’s most economically vibrant and compassionate cities, and takes its economic, social, environmental and cultural responsibilities very seriously.

Under the leadership of our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Simone Buitendijk, we have launched our University Strategy 2020-2030: Universal Values, Global Change. A blueprint for a values-driven university, we will harness our expertise in research and education to help shape a better future for humanity, working through collaboration to tackle inequalities, achieve societal impact and drive change in genuinely distinctive and transformational ways. To help realise this exciting ambition we are now creating the new role of Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Reporting to the Chief People & Culture Officer, the Director of EDI will provide professional leadership of the EDI agenda, supporting the development of an inclusive culture for staff, students and partners. They will lead the Equality & Inclusion Unit and work with faculties, professional services and the students’ union to embed EDI principles and practices across all University activity.

Our successful candidate will be an established EDI leader and practitioner with experience of leading an EDI function within a complex, unionised environment. They will be influential and empathetic, able to engage all members of the University community and secure institution-wide commitment to realising our EDI ambitions.

The EDI agenda is a vital and inseparable component of our University strategy. You can find out more at andersonquigley.com/leeds-edi

For a confidential conversation, please contact our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley: Elliott Rae on +44 (0)7584 078 534 or Elyse Turner-Pearce on +44 (0)7808 648 559.

Closing date is noon on 30th May 2022.

We are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to, Black, Asian and ethnically diverse people; people who identify as LGBT+; and people with disabilities.

Candidates will always be selected based on merit and ability.

We recognise the benefits and importance of an environment that supports flexible working and are open to conversations about this throughout the application process.

Location: Leeds – Main Campus

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