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Interim EDI Programmes Manager (Athena Swan)

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Salary:   £44,737 to £51,805
Closing Date:   Wednesday 12 April 2023
Interview Date:   Thursday 27 April 2023
Reference:  0266-23

Please note: this job is only available to current employees of Lancaster University

We have an exciting secondment opportunity to work as part of the EDI+ team, specifically as the lead advisor for progressing the gender equality agenda. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to programme manage the requirements of the Institutional Bronze level Athena Swan action plan and to ensure departments and faculties have the support systems in place to continue their own submissions and action plans. 

You will manage the work of the Athena Swan Implementation Group, monitoring, evaluating and reporting on progress. They will work closely with University Executives, who champion particular work packages, to make progress. The University is due to resubmit its institutional Athena Swan award in 2025, and the work done now will be important to be able to evidence positive change. This role is offered as a secondment until 29th February 2024 so that consideration can be given to the future EDI+ service delivery model, aligned with the University’s commitments to manage the Race Equality Charter actions, as well as other EDI Chartermarks, including Athena Swan, and associated policy, practice and compliance activity. 

Based within the University’s EDI+ team, you will work closely with the Race Equality Charter Programme Manager and the EDI Manager to ensure programmes of work positively impact all protected characteristics. You will have line management responsibility for the EDI Project Officer (Athena Swan) and regular contact with other teams within People and Organisational Effectiveness including Rewards, HR Operations, Organisational Development and HR Systems. You will routinely engage with representatives from faculties, academic departments and professional services.

You will have knowledge and experience of gender equality issues. You will possess highly effective interpersonal, influencing and communication skills (both oral and written) coupled with an ability to manage a programme of work effectively. Experience of working successfully with Chartermarks or similar frameworks would be desirable.  

Informal enquiries to either Catherine Harrison ( Associate Director of People, Culture and Inclusion or the current postholder, Kathy New, EDI Programmes Manager (Athena Swan) (

 We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups and we are happy to talk flexible working. 

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