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Manchester International Festival is committed to building equality of opportunity into all that we do. It’s important to us that our workforce, audiences and the work we make are reflective of the rich diversity in our city and the wider world.

We aim to create an open, accessible and welcoming environment for everyone who works with us. To help us to do this, we want to identify and remove potential or actual barriers in our organisational culture.

Gathering the following information will help us measure how we’re doing in this area – and it’s also required by our funders. We appreciate you taking the time to read the questions below and fill in your answers.

All information submitted is for anonymous statistical monitoring purposes only, and held securely and confidentially in accordance with our privacy policy. This is an opportunity to anonymously disclose anything that might help us be more inclusive in future. Any identifying information will be removed automatically.

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Socio-Economic Background

It is anticipated that Arts Council England will start monitoring Socio-Economic background in the next few months. We want to gain a greater insight into the background of our staff to help us build understanding on how we improve representation from a wider range of people moving forward. We are measuring socio-economic background using guidance and recommended the Ideas Kit from Weston Jerwood which will be launched in MIF19.

Identifying Barriers

At MIF we believe in enabling everyone to share in what we do on an equal basis with dignity and respect. Nobody should be treated less favourably due to any characteristic than another person to whom that characteristic doesn’t apply.

Below is the list of protected characteristics under the Equality Act (2010). These things are protected by law.

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage or civil partnership (in employment only)
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

We also understand that there are many other personal circumstances that may intersect with your working life, for example…

  • background (e.g. social class, career history, education level)
  • conditions such as dyslexia or dyspraxia
  • dependents or caring responsibilities
  • ethnic origin
  • gender identity or presentation
  • language
  • nationality
  • neurodiversity
  • short term physical or mental health issues

Thank you for your hard work and dedication during your time at MIF. We wish you well for your future plans.

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