We offer excellent opportunities for people interested in working in an international organisation within the higher education sector.
The ACU is a unique membership organisation consisting of over 400 universities in 40 countries across the Commonwealth. This makes us one of the largest and most diverse international university networks.
We champion higher education as the cornerstone of stronger societies, supporting our members, partners, and stakeholders as they adapt to a changing world.
We believe that our staff are our greatest asset and we are committed to ensuring the ACU is a great, supportive and rewarding place to work with a high-performance culture. Our staff share our passion and vision and are key to helping us to achieve our goals.
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In recognition of its importance to the success of our organisation, inclusion is one of our five core values.
The ACU aims to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation (defined as Protected Characteristics in the UK Equality Act 2010). In addition, no job applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment in regard to neurodiversity, gender identity, family or parental status, national origin, accent or socio-economic background. We positively encourage applications from any underrepresented groups
It is important that the people in our organisation reflect the wider community. Bringing together a diverse range of people helps us perform to our best, whether bringing universities together from around the world, supporting international collaboration, providing great scholarship services or realising our ambitions to build a better world through higher education.
Our focus on Access and Inclusion through grants and initiatives that help to drive systemic change and by working with universities to widen access and reduce inequality helps to tackle socioeconomic disparities and level the playing field.
We're proud of our inclusive culture and want to be a place where everyone can be themselves at work.
Our people can be confident that difference is not only accepted but celebrated at the ACU.
All our people are recruited, trained and held to account on the basis that discrimination in any form is unacceptable.
The ACU is committed to promoting the safety and welfare of those who deliver and those who receive our services, protecting them from harm and all forms of exploitation, abuse and harassment. The ACU expects all colleagues to share this commitment. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.
The scale and urgency of today’s global challenges have never been greater. From the escalating climate crisis to widening social divides, Commonwealth countries are among those most acutely affected.
Through vital research and inspirational teaching, universities are already helping to build a world that is happier, healthier and more sustainable for all. But their impact is even greater when they work together.
By bringing universities and individuals together from across the world, many of whom have expertise and first-hand experience in tackling these issues, the ACU offers a powerful mechanism for collaborative projects, shared knowledge, and joint action. At the same time, we campaign at the highest levels for greater recognition of higher education’s critical contribution to sustainable development – in particular its integral role in meeting all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The ACU is proud to be a Disability Confident Committed Employer.
Disability Confident is a government scheme designed to encourage employers to recruit and retain disabled people and those with health conditions.
Please let us know if you require any adjustments in the application process or when you are invited to interview.
As a Disability Confident Committed Employer we have committed to:
We are proud to be part of the movement of change that is encouraging employers to think differently about disability, taking action to recruit, retain and develop disabled people.
Find out more about Disability Confident here.