EDI Projects Officer

University of the West of England

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) underpin the core values of the university. It is a fast-paced and dynamic area of work.

The EDI team manages both the EDI and Health and Wellbeing strategies, working across the whole university to identify priorities and embed best practice.

EDI Projects Officers work on a range of positive action projects which aim to address barriers to success for particular groups of students and improve outcomes. Current projects include:

  • Equity , a personal development programme for Black, Asian and minority ethnic students, supporting them to build the confidence and skills to succeed at university and secure good graduate outcomes.
  • UWE Cares , providing support and advocacy for care leavers, estranged students and carers.
  • A programme of scholarships for students who may need additional financial support to ensure they can study and succeed at UWE.

This role will have a particular focus on Equity, helping us to develop and grow the programme and ensure it is fully embedded across all of UWE’s Schools and Colleges, but will also contribute to other projects.

The EDI team is part of the Library, Careers and Inclusivity (LCI) department at UWE Bristol. Our aim is to deliver outstanding outcomes for all of our students in partnership with Faculties and other Services. Our work inputs into student recruitment and retention; academic success; student satisfaction and graduate destination outcomes.

About you:

You will have experience of developing and delivering inspiring events and activities that engage students. You will work collaboratively across the university to develop a programme of activities over the academic year, and an effective communications plan to engage students with the range of support services and opportunities available. You will have the skills to develop and manage networks external to the university and secure high-profile and diverse contributors to our programmes.

You will have a good understanding of EDI issues for students at universities and, in particular, the experiences of Black, Asian and minority ethnic students. Working with a wide range of colleagues, you will have the scope to test out new approaches, as well as to evaluate and measure impact of these approaches.

You will bring your experience of project management, organisational and administrative skills and creativity to a role that will be varied, often self-directed, and making a real difference to the lived experience of an inclusive culture at UWE.

Where is this role based?

This post is based at our lively Frenchay campus where we have invested in the latest facilities and resources to give both our staff and students access to everything they need to succeed, while we continue to develop incredible new facilities  to enhance our offer even further.

The campus has excellent transport links ; we are within walking distance of two train stations , our bus terminus connects us to the local bus and metrobus network and we also have a range of cycling and changing facilities.

Why UWE Bristol?

We are one of the largest providers of Higher Education in the South West with 32,000 students, 250,000 alumni and 4,000 staff from across the globe. We are both globally connected and regionally embedded, with a strong network of employer and partner connections.

We have a lot to be proud of at UWE, our achievements  include scoring above sector average for student satisfaction, we are ranked 24th in The Guardian Best UK Universities 2023 and 39th in the latest Times Higher Education ‘Table of Tables ‘.

We are an ambitious and values led  university. We’re focused on solving future global challenges through outstanding learning, world-leading research and a culture of enterprise and we are looking for people who share our core values to help us achieve those aims. 

With inclusivity as a core value, UWE Bristol recognises the power of a truly diverse university community . We support and celebrate the diversity of our staff and students as a key driver for innovation and success, promoting pathways and achievements to inspire and generate confidence and ambition.

In addition to progressive pay rates, we offer a wide range of employee benefits including:

  • a generous holiday allowance of 27 days pro rata
  • up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year
  • hybrid working
  • career average pension schemes available for all staff groups
  • access to employee assistance programme
  • 1st month free to our Centre for Sport facilities for all new starters
  • family friendly policies and wellbeing initiatives
  • onsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus
  • option to participate in the cycle to work scheme
  • access to a wide variety of in-house training courses and development programmes

Add your individuality to ours

Proud to be part of a vibrant, multicultural city that celebrates diversity, we’re always on the lookout for talented people from all backgrounds to join us. Our people are our strength, and diversity enhances our creativity and leads to better decision-making and problem-solving. Bring your talent and ambition to our growing staff community of over 4,000 individuals and find yourself in a stimulating and supportive environment where you’ll thrive. Add your individuality to ours to help set us apart.

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian, Multiple Heritage or Other Minority Ethnic candidates as we are currently under-represented in these areas within UWE Bristol. However, all appointments are made strictly on individual merit.

Further information

If you would like an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Jamie Darwen at email: [email protected]

This is a part-time, permanent post, working 30 hours per week. Days worked can be flexible, but you will need to be able to work on Wednesdays as many of our activities take place on Wednesdays.

As a Disability Confident employer, we welcome applications from those who identify as having a disability.

UWE Bristol is a campus-based University and it is important for our success and the delivery of an outstanding experience for our students that our campuses are dynamic and vibrant places to learn and spend time. This role is therefore campus based with some opportunity for home working.

The University’s normal practice is that new appointments will be made at the starting point of the grade.

We are unable to provide sponsorship for this role under the Home Office Skilled Worker visa route. As we are unable to sponsor anyone requiring a visa for this role candidates must therefore be able to provide their own right to work in the UK.

Should you be shortlisted you will be asked to provide your right to work documents at your interview. Please refer to the Home Office Right to Work Checklist which provides details of which documents are acceptable.

Please note that UWE does not cover any visa or health surcharge costs.

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