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Equality, diversity and inclusion statement

Equality, diversity and inclusion is fundamental to the success of The University of Manchester, and is at the heart of all of our activities.

We know that diversity strengthens our research community, leading to enhanced research creativity, productivity and quality, and societal and economic impact.

We actively encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and transgender status.

We also support applications from those returning from a career break or other roles. We consider offering flexible study arrangements (including part-time: 50%, 60% or 80%, depending on the project/funder), carer support funds for conferences, and peer support networks for parents and carers.

All appointments are made on merit.

The University of Manchester and our external partners are fully committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Targeted Studentships

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and is working to ensure our student cohort reflects the diverse communities we serve.

We have introduced a range of positive measures to assist in achieving these commitments, recognising in particular that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students are currently underrepresented on our programmes and across the UK university sector. The introduction of these measures follows a review of our recruitment processes and identifying opportunities to implement these actions through our highly competitive funded schemes.

One of the steps we are taking is to introduce a targeted studentship to commence in September 2022 in the area of cancer, which will include partial funding from a donor. Applicants from our target group will be considered as part of our usual recruitment processes and, given the above, we particularly encourage applications from underrepresented students.

Applicants wishing to apply for this targeted studentship should apply in the normal way and their application will be considered as part of the standard competition, subject to the same assessment criteria, interview process and schedule. Applicants wishing to seek advice on their application may contact the Faculty Doctoral Academy Admissions team.