Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Manager

We aim to support people from all backgrounds to enter and thrive in medical and health research careers. We want to ensure diversity of thought and experience in all we do and for our staff to be able to bring their authentic self to work every day. 

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Manager is a new role that offers the opportunity to drive, develop and implement EDI strategy and build new programmes, activities and processes that make a difference within the organisation and the wider biomedical and health research environment.

You’ll help to build a culture where equity and inclusion are engrained in everything we do. You’ll be responsible for building and developing strong partnerships with our Fellows, business leaders and external providers to support the delivery of our EDI plan. You’ll design and implement projects and programmes that start with our values and bring about lasting behavioural and cultural change. You’ll lead all things EDI with energy and a passion to influence others, work collaboratively with external partners to break down barriers and promote EDI across the sector, Government and society.

Useful information and links:

Our EDI commitment and annual diversity reports.

Our work on improving research culture.

Our MedSciLife campaign.


Key Responsibilities:

  1. Develop a structure and action plans to support successful delivery of EDI strategy in the organisation.
  2. Project manage programmes, activities and processes that support EDI within the organisation and the wider biomedical and health research environment.
  3. Oversee diversity data collection and diversity evaluation across the organisation, ensuring monitoring forms are kept up to date, data permissions are appropriate, and information provides an evidence base for our work.
  4. Organise and Chair meetings for an internal EDI Committee with staff from teams across the Academy to ensure ideas are translated into actions.
  5. Scope and develop an external EDI senior level advisory group.
  6. Coordinate membership, participate in and enable input from Staff and Fellows to EDI networks including EDIS, and the Proud Science Alliance and 
  7. Connect with diversity contacts in stakeholder organisations and represent the Academy at events, meetings and conferences to share learning and showcase activities.
  8. Act as a critical friend and challenging people across the organisation to have inclusion by design across all activities.
  9. Promote and develop training programmes to enhance understanding on inclusions issues among employees and Academy Fellows. 


About you:

You’ll have a proven track record of working in an EDI specialist position; the ability to tell stories and drive programmes that support diversity and promote inclusivity. You’ll need strong analytical skills and be able to translate data, research, and trends into strategy, as well as the experience of educating and exciting others about EDI principles.

You’ll have a real opportunity to make a difference, working with an extensive range of external and internal stakeholders to embed EDI in their own areas. We’re looking for somebody to be a catalyst for change with a deep understanding of the barriers’ individuals, particularly those from protected characteristics, with an understanding of intersectionality and how that impacts experiences.


Skills & Experience:

  • Degree or equivalent experience in relevant subject HR or business management, social science or any other associated fields.
  • Excellent communication skills – collaborator, connector, influencer.
  • Understanding and awareness of diversity and inclusion issues and best practice.
  • Project management skills and ability to coordinate multiple projects with different timelines.
  • Experience of developing and implementing strategies, frameworks, delivery structures, tools and policies that have had a meaningful and visible impact on organisational success.
  • Experience of setting, managing and reporting on budgets.



Staff are working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Access to desk space in the office is currently available. We remain responsive to government restrictions.

We have a staff group looking at hybrid working models for the future. There is no expectation that staff will return to the office 5 days a week. Location of work will be set based on the needs of the individual and their role, however when in the officer the location is 41 Portland Place, London W1B 1QH.

Work from home equipment contributions are available following workspace assessments.


Agile Working:

We empower individuals and teams to identify work practices and patterns that enable the organisation to maximise its potential and the individual to achieve the best possible work/life balance. 

Our agile working approach operates on the following principles:

  1. Open
  2. Timely
  3. Experimental
  4. Connected
  5. Respectful 
  6. Empowered

These principles allow staff to determine how, when and where they work to do their job well and support their wellbeing.


Other Information:

  • Fixed Term Contract: 24 months.
  • Annual Leave: 26 days per annum plus Christmas closure dates and bank holidays (pro rata for part time staff).
  • Pension: The Academy contributes 7.5% of gross salary to a Legal & General scheme, with an employee contribution of 3%.
  • Life Assurance: 3 x annual gross salary.
  • Season Ticket Travel Loan: Interest free season ticket loans are available to all staff after completion of probationary period.
  • Family Friendly: We offer a range of benefits including enhanced maternity and paternity leave.
  • Wellbeing: Subscription to Headspace and Class pass plus regular organisation wide wellbeing days.


Please apply via the button below. To discuss the role futher, you can call the Inclusive Recruiting team on 0203 397 8333.


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