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

Resources (and 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 includes a specific resource for those working to support disabled learners – ‘tagdisability’. Most are free to download or view on our website:

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

See our latest monthly eBulletin on the Briefings webpage.

Vacancies

(Please mention that you saw the vacancy in the Action on Access eBulletin when applying for any of these applications, to aid the continuing publication of this free bulletin.)

Business Development Assistant, Brightside

A graduate trainee Business Development Assistant, who will be helping to research opportunities, write persuasive funding proposals, and eventually securing their own contracts and partnerships. Delivering 60 online mentoring projects each year in partnership with universities, business and charities, Brightside gives young people across the UK access to support networks, online careers information, and high-quality mentoring. We are recruiting for a graduate trainee with the potential to grow into the Business Development role, making a crucial contribution to Brightside’s growth by helping to research opportunities, write persuasive funding proposals, and eventually securing their own contracts and partnerships. Salary: £20,000. Full time permanent post. Closing date: 28 April 2017.

Brightside is a social mobility charity delivering 60 online mentoring projects each year in partnership with universities, business and charities. We give young people across the UK access to support networks, online careers information, and high-quality mentoring. We’re looking to recruit for two new roles in our growing organisation:
Further information: http://bit.ly/29zipxP

 

Widening Participation Officer, Marketing & Communications, Queen Mary University of London
The post of Widening Participation Officer is essential to the work of the team and involves planning and delivering a programme of outreach activities with targeted schools and colleges. These include primary school outreach activities and a Year 12 coaching programme. There is a particular focus on providing clear information, advice and guidance on student finance, tuition fees and Queen Mary University of London’s (QMUL’s) student support package. The post also involves the coordination of all aspects of QMUL’s work to support looked-after children and care leavers.

The Widening Participation team, led by the Head of Outreach and Widening Participation, sits within the Directorate of Marketing and Communications, and is responsible for the planning and delivery of a challenging programme of outreach activities aimed at increasing admissions from the key target groups identified in QMUL’s Widening Participation Strategy and Access Agreement.

Permanent full-time job share – 0.4 fte – 14 hours per week, ideally on Wednesdays and Thursdays or Thursdays and Fridays. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, well organised and flexible. They will have experience of developing and delivering outreach activities to school and sixth-form college students and their parents and carers. Knowledge of the UK higher education system, including knowledge of student finance and the UCAS admissions system, is essential. The successful candidate will also have excellent communication, networking and organisational skills and will be an enthusiastic team worker, with the ability to manage a busy workload. Strong interpersonal skills are essential, as is the proven ability to manage projects to tight deadlines

This post involves work with young people under the age of 18, and the post holder is required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

Salary: £36,064 to £42,431 per annum (pro rata). Closing date: 2 May 2017.

Further information: http://bit.ly/2pl6sqs

 

Access Manager Post-16, Widening Participation Office, Access and Admissions, UCL
Responsible to the Head of Access for carrying out aspects of UCL’s widening participation strategies and for advancing aspects of the UCL Access Agreement.  This includes leading and managing the Post-16 Team within the Access and Widening Participation Office.  The Post-16 Team is responsible for planning and delivering widening access and retention activity with tertiary-level students.  This activity is aimed at encouraging the brightest and the best students to study at UCL, especially those students from backgrounds that are underrepresented at UCL and across HE.

The Post-16 Team is responsible for planning and delivering widening access and retention activity with tertiary-level students. This activity is aimed at encouraging the brightest and the best students from underrepresented backgrounds to study at UCL and across Higher Education (HE). The team also leads on managing UCL’s role in Realising Opportunities and pan-London networks like Access HE and Linking London.
The successful candidate will be a clear and effective communicator with proven experience of developing and implementing new initiatives and project management. They will have experience of analysing, synthesising and interpreting data and experience of developing and implementing widening participation strategies. Full time post. Salary: £42,304 – £49,904 per annum. Closing date: 7 May 2017.

Further information: http://bit.ly/2piFU9u

 

The Education Liaison Officer (STEM), Widening Participation Unit, Marketing & Communications Directorate, Kingston University

The Education Liaison Officer (STEM) will be responsible for developing, managing and delivering a range of activities, events and projects aimed at school and college students, particularly those highlighted as being from backgrounds less likely to progress into Higher Education. These interventions will highlight the benefits of Higher Education, raise aspirations & attainment and promote opportunities at Kingston University. This role sits within a team that works with over 19,000 young people and adult learners every year. The Education Liaison Officer (STEM) works closely with our Science, Engineering and Computing faculty and our STEM Outreach Officer to design and develop activities using our new outreach facilities. In particular this role will make use of our labs in lorries and STEM outreach centre. The current post holder is leaving and so this is a replacement role.

The ideal applicant has proven outreach experience with school and college learners. Excellent project management is very important, as is the ability to collaborate with and influence a very wide range of people. Experience of STEM education/outreach is very desirable and the post holder should have a clear understanding of progression to and through higher education. Salary: £32,475 – £36,243 incl. >London Weighting. Full time. Permanent/fixed term contract. Closing date: 7 May 2017.

Further information: http://bit.ly/2pNSVnv

Graduate Trainee Education Workers, Into University

We are looking for high-calibre recent graduates to deliver our widening participation programme to children and young people aged 7-18 in Bristol, Clacton, Leeds, London, Nottingham, Oxford and Southampton. Graduate Trainee Education Workers will be based at one or more of our education centres and will have responsibility for working with their Team Leader to plan and deliver the IntoUniversity programme.

The role will be fast-paced and challenging. Each day you will be contributing directly to the success of the charity and transforming the fortunes of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. You will need to have a genuine passion and enthusiasm for working with young people and be up for leading a class of 30 secondary school students from the front, working with small teams of children and providing occasional one-to-one support.

If you believe that all young people deserve the chance to achieve their potential regardless of their background and want to play a part in helping them succeed, then we would be delighted to hear from you. To find out more and apply, visit our website.

Vacancies in: Bristol, Clacton-on-Sea, Leeds, London, Nottingham, Oxford, Southampton

Salary £21,000 per annum + £600 if based in a London office. Closing date: 8 May 2017.
Further information: http://bit.ly/2cUNrWK