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January 2016

University awarded for its inclusive recruitment

(28 January 2016)

Stonewall Top 100 Employers

The University has been named one of the Stonewall Top 100 Employers for 2016. The University appeared in the listing for the second year running at number 53. The list is the definitive guide for showcasing the best employers for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans staff.

Patrick Johnson, Head of Equality and Diversity for the University, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the University to continue to be a Top 100 employer. It seems to get harder each year with more organisations taking part. Our increased point score is a real testament to the hard work and commitment of the ALLOUT (LGBT) Staff Network Group who gathers the evidence and completes the submission each year. Well done.”

Race Equality Charter

The University was also awarded the Race Equality Charter (REC) award in recognition for its work to advance race equality. The University was one of only eight to receive the award which is run by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU). The award aims to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.

Professor Aneez Esmail, Professor of General Practice at Manchester, is one of five REC patrons appointed to assist the ECU. He said: "I think we have a real problem in our universities. Despite increasing numbers of black and ethnic minority (BME) students, the senior leadership of these institutions is overwhelmingly white and male.

"We must be prepared to tackle the deep structural problems that prevent the talent that is represented in the large number of BME staff working in our universities from realising their potential.

"Achieving a more diverse leadership will strengthen our institutions and encouraging universities to engage with the Race Equality Charter will help us in achieving this objective."