The National Co-ordination Team for Widening Participation and Access to Higher Education

Resources (and current vacancy information)

Action on Access has a developed a range of resources for individual institutions and organisations, as well as national publications for the sector as a whole, a free up-to-date vacancy service, events listings, and monthly newsletter all free to download or view on our website:

  • Reports
  • Briefings
  • Electronic newsletters
  • Events listings
  • Vacancy service
  • Monthly WP and access eBulletin
  • Plus information, news and views of key reports, publication, events and conferences on access, participation and student success published by others.
  • Action on Access authorises and moderates a number of electronic Jiscmail distribution lists.

See our latest monthly eBulletin on the Briefings webpage.


(Please mention that you saw the vacancy in the Action on Access eBulletin when applying for these vacancies.)

Widening Participation Manager, St. George’s University of London

The post-holder will be the operational manager within the university for assigned strands of the university’s access and participation strategy relating to outreach. They will be responsible for the planning, delivery and evaluation of a number of highly-targeted WP activities, with a particular focus on healthcare, science and medicine. They will also be expected to develop close links with colleagues internally and with external organisations with whom we collaborate.

Reporting to the Head of Widening Participation, this role presents a fantastic opportunity for an experienced widening participation professional to take on a senior role in a committed and focused team and to influence the future success of the UK’s only university dedicated to medical and healthcare sciences.

Key attributes of the successful applicant include:

  • a demonstrable commitment to and knowledge of widening participation to higher education
  • successful track record in delivering and evaluating face to face educational activities and developing operational plans to successfully deliver on strategic objectives
  • excellent organisational skills, with an ability to balance the coordination of a wide range of projects and events and move between strategic and operational priorities with ease
  • an excellent communicator, able to work effectively with students of different ages, with key influencers such as parents and teachers, and with senior colleagues

It is anticipated that this role will focus predominantly on activity with and for pre-16 students in the first instance, and exact projects and events will be determined with the successful applicant in due course.  Permanent, full-time post.  Salary: £33,199 – £39,609 a year, plus London Allowance of £3,090.  Closing Date: 24 February 2019.  Interview date:  4 March 2019.  Further information:


Widening Participation Development Officer, University of the West Scotland - Paisley

Reporting to the Senior Widening Participation Development Officer you will be responsible for coordinating, developing and delivering the FOCUS West – Routes for All programme to senior school pupils, ensuring they follow suitable programmes of study.  This programme is part of the national Schools for Higher Education Programme (SHEP) funded through the Scottish Funding Council to work with schools to widen access into Higher Education.  You will be educated to Degree Level and have relevant experience in a Higher Education Institution and have worked in a similar or related role within the area of widening participation or social inclusion.  There may be an extension to the funding for this project and further information will be available in May 2019.

In addition, you will ideally have experience of developing projects, producing reports, and managing a budget.  You should have excellent interpersonal skills and strong communication skills.  You should have the ability to prioritise workload and work on your own initiative in coordinating the team’s activities, be able to manage deadlines and have up to date knowledge of current issues and best practice in widening access with a

good understanding of Higher Education.

Part-time post 28 hours per week, Tuesday- Friday, Fixed Term until 31st July 2019.  Salary: £29,514 per annum pro rata.  Closing date: 25 February 2019.
Further information:


Widening Participation Officer, UK Recruitment and Partnerships, Oxford Brookes University.
Contributing to the University’s recruitment and widening participation activities the role includes: working closely with academic colleagues in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences to develop and deliver workshops for schools and colleges; managing relationships with a portfolio of target schools and colleges; providing advice and support to students and their teachers about the university application process, including subject specific information; and overseeing and attending a portfolio of inbound and outbound events including the running of a large-scale summer school.

The university is looking for: an awareness of the higher education student recruitment and widening participation context; experience of organising events; excellent inter-personal and communication skills, including experience of delivering presentations or workshops; related experience of working in an educational setting, including experience of working with young people.

This post, Linked to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is a full-time, permanent role, and the salary starts from £27,025 rising
annually to £29,515. Closing date: 27 February 2019.  Interview date: 19 March 2019.  Further information:


Widening Participation Manager, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh

The Widening Participation Manager is an exciting new role in the Student Recruitment Service.  You will help shape and lead the implementation of University’s strategy for college partnerships and widening access for students from backgrounds of low participation in higher education.  Passionate about widening access to the University through a range of pathways, you will work with a wide range of external and internal stakeholders and be a leading ambassador for the University in this area.  Working with colleagues across the University, you will lead the delivery of an ambitious and imaginative range activities aimed at maximising the engagement of students from lower participation backgrounds and maximising recruitment from College partnerships. Key duties and responsibilities

The successful candidate will have exceptional knowledge of University sector challenges and opportunities in relation to College Partnerships and Wider Access.  Experienced in delivering impressive results in a similar role, you will be comfortable working with a range of internal and external stakeholders.

You should be an ambitious, highly-motivated individual with demonstrable experience in a relevant role with a successful track record of delivering results in a similar environment and have the communication skills to enthuse and persuade stakeholders to engage with an ambitious strategy to deliver results that will have positive impact on a wide range of students.  You will ideally be working/have worked in higher education (Scottish college and/or higher education environment would be an additional advantage), and/or have in-depth knowledge and understanding of the environment and current challenges.

Salary: £40,792 – £48,677 a year.  Closing date: 1 March 2019.


Student Recruitment Officer, University of Warwick

We are seeking to appoint a Student Recruitment Officer responsible for the development and delivery of Warwick’s Undergraduate Open Days and Offer Holder Open Days, which attract around 40,000 visitors annually.
To contribute to the development and implementation of the University’s student recruitment strategy. This post carries specific responsibility for managing the University’s Undergraduate Open Days, Offer Holder Open Days and other student recruitment and conversion events.
You will have an excellent educational background and relevant work experience, including knowledge and understanding of the higher education sector, combined with excellent project and event management skills.  This is a high-volume, busy post which requires meticulous attention to detail, excellent communication skills and experience in presenting to a range of target audiences, particularly prospective and current students.  This is a fantastic opportunity to manage large scale events, further develop your project management and communication skills, and work with a huge range of internal and external stakeholders.

Permanent, Full-Time Position.  Salary: £30,395 – £39,609 a year.  Closing date: 3 March 2019.  Interview date: 15th March.  Further information:


Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at Make Happen, Communications and External Relations Team, University of Essex
You will be responsible for effectively embedding an evaluation strategy, developing and implementing evaluations and interpreting and reporting on insights.  You will directly feed in to monitoring returns to Office for Students (the funding body) and implement targets for the consortia to work towards to ensure the aims of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme are met.

You will need to be confident in your abilities to produce and present data in a variety of formats and to a range of audiences.  You are highly data literate and experienced in specifying, sourcing, interpreting and reporting on qualitative and quantitative data.  You will have experience of designing, managing and implementing projects to build an evidence base to directly inform activity and to evaluate the success and impact of activities.

This role is crucial for the consortia to evidence impact for continued funding in the future.

Make Happen is a collaboration between a group of HE institutions, FE Colleges, Schools, Local Authorities and charities with a single purpose - to raise aspirations and widen participation in higher education throughout Essex.  For a chat about the role with
Fixed term, full time position position until 31 July 2019 (due to external funding). This is likely to be extended until July 2021 and final confirmation will be available in April 2019.  Salary: £33,199 – £39,609 per annum.  Closing date: 3 March 2019.

Further information:

National Network for the Education of Care-leavers (NNECL) Co-ordinator, Widening Participation, University of Winchester

The University of Winchester hosts the National Network for the Education of Care-leavers (NNECL). NNECL is a registered charity supporting professionals working to improve progression into and through higher education for care-experienced people.

The post-holder will be responsible for the development, planning, management, delivery and evaluation of a range of projects and activities in accordance with NNECL’s objectives designed to help professionals improve the scale, quality and impact of their work with those who are or have been a looked-after child or care-leaver.

The NNECL Coordinator will work with the organisation’s Board of Trustees and National Strategy Group (NSG), which is made up of staff representatives from universities across England, to develop and deliver the main activities of NNECL’s project, communications and financial management activity.

The successful candidate will have excellent communication and team working skills, ideally with experience as a practitioner and leader in widening participation in higher education, including setting up and co-ordinating multi-agency projects.  The University particularly welcomes applications from males for this post as they are under-represented in jobs at this level.

Part time post (18.5 hours per week).  Salary: £27,830 to £33,199 per annum, pro rata, Fixed term, maternity leave until 30 September 2019.  Closing Date:  6 March 2019.  Interview Date: 29 March 2019.  Further information: and


Student Experience and Support Officer, Department of History, University of York

Firstly, to lead on the provision of pastoral support for both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Department of History, managing and developing the supervision system, directing the provision of student pastoral support within the Department and contributing at both a strategic and operational level. A key part of the role is to assist students who require additional support e.g. students who require adjustments in relation to their academic work or those who suffer occasional or recurrent mental health conditions that may make it harder for them to complete their studies. The role holder will liaise with these students to direct them to an appropriate source of support, whilst liaising with academic staff to ensure academic obligations are met.

Secondly, the role holder will manage the Department’s widening participation and student outreach work to provide opportunities to as diverse a range of applicants as possible, while ensuring the Department’s reputation for academic achievement. You will develop links with local schools, working with academic staff to promote the academic and pastoral work of the department. You will also participate in student induction to provide new students with information on the guidance and support that is available.

The role holder should have experience of a student-related role at a senior administrative level within the education sector. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential, as is the ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Proven problem-solving skills and the ability to prioritise are also key as the role holder will be required to triage a number of issues arriving on an unpredictable and ad hoc basis. The ability to deal with confidential and sensitive information is key, as is experience of leading and coordinating support for students. The role holder should be able to contribute at a strategic and operational level to inform Departmental planning. A relevant mental health-related qualification would be welcomed but is not essential; however, you should be willing to undertake this once in post.

Full-time, three year fixed term contract.  Salary: £32,236 – £39,609 pa.  Closing date: 7 March 2019.  Interview date: Further information:


Widening Participation Schools Liaison Officer, Imperial College London

This exciting new role has been developed to create, lead on, contribute to and support a range of WP activities and talks aimed at building relationships with key target schools on a local and national level.  As a member of the Student Recruitment and Outreach division, the post holder will be responsible for creating links with teachers, pupils and parents that provide brand awareness of Imperial but also as a means of helping pupils to reach their goal of going on to Higher Education.  Furthermore, the role will be responsible for supporting recruitment to our portfolio of Outreach programmes at a national level and communicating our courses as widely as possible.

We are therefore looking for a highly motivated individual who is passionate and experienced in the outreach and widening participation agenda and who can bring their enthusiasm, experience and knowledge to our team to support targeted school visits.  Previous experience of working with schools and within the Widening Participation and Access agenda is essential to ensure the post holder can hit the ground running on day one.

Permanent, full time post.  Salary: £36,926 – £45,547 pa.  Closing date: 8 March 2019. Further information: