Deputy Head of ED&I

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The University of Cambridge is recognised globally as a renowned centre for research, education and scholarship. We employ more than 12,500 staff in a range of academic, research and professional services roles, all of whom play a key role in maintaining and enhancing our world leading reputation. Our people are our greatest asset, and it is critical to our continued success that we create the right conditions for our people to thrive at Cambridge.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) features significantly in the University's People Strategy, which alongside other institutional strategies provides a framework for a holistic approach to ED&I in the University. The ED&I team works closely with the Academic Division to address ED&I issues related to both staff and students (where applicable). One of the team's main aims is to provide support for the University's ED&I activities across all disciplines. The team collaborates with various Schools, Faculties, Departments, Non School Institutions and Colleges, to develop policies, objectives, priorities and projects in line with ED&I goals, and ensuring equity for all. This includes supporting initiatives, such as the University's Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter.

The Role:

The Deputy Head of Equality Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) will report to the Head of ED&I and provide the ED&I Team with a strategic support function. As the Deputy, you will serve as the cornerstone of our strategic initiatives, playing a pivotal role in advancing our ED&I agenda. You will support ED&I transformational change and drive the development of policy and the mainstreaming of ED&I. This includes:

  • Leading on specific EDI Initiatives
  • Improving monitoring and performance management systems
  • Mainstreaming of EDI policy and practice across the University
  • Undertaking research and developing proposals for the consideration of the Head of ED&I and the ED&I Committee
  • Improving monitoring and performance management systems
  • Mainstreaming of EDI policy and practice across the University
  • Benchmarking
  • Identification of cutting edge developments in ED&I policy and practice and their adaption locally.

As our Deputy Head of ED&I, you will have the unique opportunity to be at the forefront of transformative change, helping to build a more inclusive and equitable future.

In order to succeed in this role, you will have:

  • Extensive experience of working at a senior level on the ED&I agenda and leading transformational change in a large complex organisation.
  • Evidence of advancing equity and inclusion.
  • Strong strategic thinking and problem solving abilities.
  • Exceptional communication and leadership skills
  • Demonstrable experience in driving positive change in the field of ED&I in a senior leadership capacity
  • Strong research and analytical skills for data informed decision making.

Benefits of working at Cambridge include:

  • Competitive rates of pay with automatic service related pay progression and annual cost of living increases;
  • Generous annual leave allowance of 41 days paid leave (including bank holidays)
  • Flexible and hybrid working opportunities;
  • Generous maternity, adoption and shared parental leave entitlement and other family friendly schemes (e.g. workplace nurseries and salary exchange schemes for childcare);
  • An auto-enrolment pension scheme , with a generous employer contribution;
  • Travel benefits and retail discounts at over 2,000 local and national stores;
  • Schemes to support with relocation / the provision of accommodation.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department.

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Please ensure a CV and supporting letter is uploaded with your application.

Further information is available via the link below.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to: Ndunge Kivuitu, Head of ED&I, at

Closing date: 8th December 2023 Interview dates: 4th & 5th January 2024

Please quote reference AH39429 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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