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.


(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.)


STEM Inspiration Officer, University of Chichester

Are you passionate about inspiring young people about STEM subjects? The Marketing Communications and Access team are currently seeking a to devise, develop and maintain a programme of hands-on STEM engagement activities for a range of audiences, contributing to the wider public engagement aims of the University.
The role will strengthen our partnerships between higher education, further education, schools and training providers. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate flexibility and creativity and be dynamic in their approach to raising both the aspirations and attainments of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who are currently under-represented in higher education.
The successful candidate will have a degree in a STEM related field, have knowledge of campaigns to increase the number of young people choosing to study STEM projects, and an appreciation of widening participation issues in deprived areas, including the requirements of learners. Having an understanding of the 14-19 and Higher Education policy context, including the opportunities and constraints for Higher Education Institutions [HEIs] and holding a recognised teaching qualification at FE or secondary level are also desirable but are not essential.
Full time post and a flexibility in your hours is required as some evening and weekend work will be needed. Salary: up to £28,453. Closing date: 25 June 2017.
Further information:


Research Officer, Institute for Employment Studies, Brighton-based

Do you want to use your research skills?  Do you want to help improve employment policy and HR practices? We invite you to join our dedicated research team based in Brighton addressing vital employment issues including, vocational and Higher Education, employment and welfare policy and workplace wellbeing.

IES is a leading independent research centre for evidence-based research and consultancy. Our people have the opportunity to contribute to a wide range of research activities and we support them to enhance their research capability and develop their own area of research interest.

We are looking for people with either: a) a higher degree in a social science discipline with evidence of an understanding of UK employment policy and/or HR policy and practice, and an interest in employment issues or  b) an undergraduate social science degree coupled with significant relevant work experience (at least 6 months) in an applied research setting or other relevant employment.  We offer excellent benefits of 27 days holiday per year plus four Christmas closure days; a contributory career-average defined benefits pension scheme; training and development dependent on individual needs; and a tailored induction programme.

Salary £22,848 to £26,193 depending on experience + benefits. Closing date: 26th June 2017. Further information:


UK Student Recruitment Officer, Marketing, Recruitment and International Office, University of Glasgow

To work in partnership with Colleges, Schools and other Services to ensure the University achieves its targets; contributing to the development and delivery of a strategy and tactics that engages with prospective applicants UK wide; building successful relationships with teachers, parents and other influencers including sector networks and partners. Jointly support and enhance the schedule of the University’s visit programme for prospective students, applicants and their influencers currently comprising five large-scale annual events: three undergraduate Open Days; Applicants’ Visit Day; Postgraduate Open Day; as well as the biennial Teachers’ Conference, campus tours, and afternoon visits. Assist in the management and development of the extensive schedule of external recruitment and marketing events, attending events and informing logistical support. Support the management and development of the University’s Student Ambassador scheme. Ensure equity and fairness in recruitment policies and practices and to develop recruitment techniques, in conjunction with the University’s widening participation practitioners, to widen participation.
Will be regularly expected to work outside normal office hours, including weekends and evening work. May be required to assist in international recruitment events if necessary. Full Time post.  Salary: £27,629 – £31,076. Closing date: 27 June 2017.

Further information:


Outreach and Access Officer (Arts and Humanities), University of Reading

The Global Recruitment team (within MCE) is responsible for the recruitment of undergraduates and postgraduates and for widening participation, and plays a key role in ensuring the University delivers against our targets as set out in our Access Agreement; increasing applications from those in under-represented groups in the UK to Higher Education and to the University of Reading. In this role you will deliver effective subject-related outreach in the arts and humanities to young people; to enthuse them about the subject areas and to help them to make informed choices about their future and HE options, including those at the University of Reading.

Permanent, full time post. Salary: £23,879 to £28,454. Closing date: 7 July 2017. Interview date: 25 July 2017. Further information:


Schools and Colleges Liaison Officer, Oxford Brookes
The post holder will contribute to the University’s recruitment and widening participation initiatives, managing relationships with a portfolio of target schools, delivering targeted activities, and coordinating large scale events. The post will focus on supporting recruitment to our Swindon Campus, which currently offers healthcare courses, as well as supporting
broader recruitment to Oxford Brookes from the South West, and delivering a variety of widening participation activities. Based at our Swindon campus, but with significant travel across the South-West. Salary: £26,052 rising to£28,452. Full-time, fixed term. Closing date: 2 July 2017. Interview date: 19 July 2017. Further information:

(Also still recruiting for two Oxford-based Schools Liaison Officer, Closing date 19 June: