Human Resources

Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion & Executive Officer to Vice-Principal People, Culture and Inclusion - QMUL23191

Department: Human Resources
Salary: £55,840 - £62,415 per annum (Grade 7)
Reference: QMUL23191
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 12-Nov-2020
Closing date: 26-Nov-2020

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Equality, diversity and inclusion at Queen Mary

Social justice has been a cornerstone of Queen Mary University of London from the establishment of our four historical institutions to the present day, and it is at the heart of our 2030 Strategy with our aim to be the most inclusive university of its kind, anywhere.

Our mission is to create a truly inclusive environment, building on our cherished cultural diversity, where students and staff flourish, reach their full potential and are proud to be part of the University. Dedicated to the public good, we will generate new knowledge, challenge existing knowledge, and engage locally, nationally and internationally to create a better world.

This is a journey over the coming ten years with equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything we do. As our recently appointed Vice-Principal for People, Culture and Inclusion, Sheila Gupta, put it: “Who you are, or where you are from, should never be a barrier to learning, working, realising your ambitions and fulfilling your potential. Fostering a culture in which all our staff and students can thrive, and which is enriched through positively engaging with our alumni, is key to realising our ambitious vision of achieving true inclusivity”.

The role

This is an extremely exciting and rewarding role for an individual who is committed to working across a large, global leading university to deliver meaningful and lasting progress towards our 2030 aim.

We are looking for an individual with the gravitas and level of experience required to inform and influence university strategy, effect change and deliver innovative initiatives. The role holder will require exceptional levels of judgement, diplomacy and persuasion in order to influence, motivate and inspire behaviour change. They will provide excellent executive support to the Vice-Principal for People, Culture and Inclusion, conduct research, draft high quality papers for University Committees and external bodies, co-ordinate multiple projects, and provide top quality professional advice. They will play a key role in influencing and informing strategy to ensure equality, diversity and inclusion are embedded in everyday activity. Crucially they will provide a point of central coordination, oversight and leadership, drawing together the different stands of EDI activity taking place across the University to enable the delivery of a comprehensive and structured set of objectives.


In return, we offer 30 days’ leave per annum, access to a generous pension scheme, a season ticket loan scheme and competitive salaries.  We also offer enhanced family friendly leave, and an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus. You will work with a friendly and dedicated team, with access to personal development opportunities.

The post is offered on a permanent, full time basis. The starting salary will be within the grade 7 range of £55,840 - £62,415 per annum.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Sophie Harris, Assistant Director of HR at

Application enquiries should be directed to

The closing date for applications is 26 November 2020.

Valuing Diversity & Committed to Equality

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