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 any of these vacancies.)


Disability Adviser, Disability Services, University of Bristol

The role requires a strong understanding of disability issues in Higher Education and well-developed communication skills with the ability to be analytical and to creatively problem solve.  You will provide advice to applicants and students about support at University as well as providing advice and guidance to colleagues working with students across the university.

Disability Services are looking for an enthusiastic Disability Adviser to join our supportive team for a 0.8FTE 1-year fixed term post.  Proposed working days Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Your communication and negotiation skills will allow you to develop positive working relationships with colleagues across the university to promote support for disabled students and a more inclusive environment.  Part-time, fixed term for one year.  Salary: £37345 – £42036 per annum pro-rata.  Closing date: 16 December 2018.  Interview date: 18 January 2019.  Further information:


Student Experience Strategy Manager, Student Services, University of Bristol

The Student Experience Strategy Manager will oversee and coordinate projects and initiatives in relation to the Student Experience on behalf of the new Pro-Vice Chancellor Students Experience (PVC-ES).  The University of Bristol is working hard to enhance our student experience, including student wellbeing and inclusion, as well as listening to and working with our students to inform a range of exciting new developments.  This role is key in supporting senior University colleagues in monitoring and delivering the new Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

The post holder will be expected to deliver a monitoring framework or approach to support the delivery of the student experience initiatives and strategy and provide acceptable level of oversight to members of the University’s Senior Team including the Vice-Chancellor.  The post holder will be expected to deliver oversight of the various initiatives using the University’s preferred project management methodology (PRINCE2).

Full time permanent post. Salary: £43,267 – £48,677 per annum.  Closing date: 16 December 2018. Interview date: 11 January 2019.

Further information:


Chair, Birmingham Metropolitan College

We are seeking a new Chair to provide leadership and direction to the College Board and you will be instrumental in driving strategic change, quality and financial improvements through the next phase of its development.

This is an exciting opportunity and one where you can have a real impact on the college and the community surrounding it.  Whilst a background in the education sector is not essential for this post, you will have an appreciation of the further education sector.

You will hold leadership experience in industry, business or the professions as well as strong ambassadorial skills, understanding of governance and experience of change management. Salary: non re-numerated with expenses.  Closing date: 30 December 2018.

Further information:
Widening Participation Officer, Widening Participation and Outreach, University of Warwick, Coventry

The University of Warwick is seeking to recruit a Widening Participation Officer to join the Widening Participation and Outreach team, and to play a significant role in the implementation of the University’s Widening Participation Strategy. You will have lead responsibility for the development and delivery of the Experience Warwick Partnership Programme, designed to engage young people from the most disadvantaged groups, raising aspirations and supporting achievement to enable these learners to fulfil their potential.

Playing a significant role in the implementation of the University’s Widening Participation Strategy, you will have lead responsibility for the management of the Experience Warwick Partnership programme designed to raise aspirations and support achievement within targeted schools across Coventry and Warwickshire.

You will be passionate about the transformative role higher education can have on individuals to improve social mobility and have a comprehensive appreciation of the barriers faced by underrepresented groups to access, progress and succeed in Higher Education.

The successful candidate will be skilled at cultivating effective partnership-working with target schools across Coventry.
Permanent position.  Salary: £30,395 – £39,609 per annum.  Closing date: 1 January 2019.  Interview Date: 16 January 2019. Further information:


Student Inclusion Manager, Student Services, University of Bristol
The role focuses on improving the experience, engagement and support for students from underrepresented groups and international students and will contribute to the wider inclusion agenda.  The post-holder will be responsible for day-to-day operational management of the Student Inclusion Team.  This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in the University’s commitment to an inclusive learning environment where all our students can flourish

You will be a strong relationship builder with experience and knowledge of inclusion or widening participation, and a good understanding of the connection between equality, diversity, and student issues in higher education.  A proven ability to take an evidence-led approach to service design and delivery would be an advantage.

Full time, permanent post.  Salary: £ 43,267 – £48,677 per annum.  Closing date: 3 January 2019.   Further information:


Schools and Colleges Liaison Manager, Arts University Bournemouth

We are seeking to appoint a Schools and Colleges Liaison Manager to lead and coordinate the University’s engagement, recruitment and outreach activities with schools, colleges and academies.  The post holder will coordinate the engagement of academic and professional services colleagues to maximise opportunities to utilise University resource in building an enduring relationship between AUB and the school/further education sectors, particularly at local level.  The Schools and Colleges Liaison Manager will work closely with the Widening Participation Manager in respect of the coordination and integration of the University’s Widening Participation activities with Schools and Colleges Liaison activities to meet the University’s aim of raising aspirations towards HE and improving application rates to AUB from target learners and under-represented groups.  They will work with colleagues in Recruitment, Marketing and Events to ensure efficiency of operations and maintain/develop the established position with the large number of schools already engaged with AUB activity.

The post holder will have responsibility for planning and implementing an innovative schools programme of activity, working predominantly with 16-18 year-old learners, promoting not just Higher Education and AUB but more broadly the Arts, creative education and the link with the creative industries.  The post holder will be expected to build relationships with education staff, appropriate agencies and other key influencers.

Additionally, the Schools and Colleges Liaison Manager will ensure a coordinated approach is applied with the deliverables of this role and that of the activities of the International Team in their engagement and activities with UK based international schools.  Similarly with the Extended and Short Study Team with their engagement with UK-based secondary schools, academies, private schools and international schools, maximising opportunities for recruitment to AUB courses.  The ability to engage with the senior leadership of schools, academies and colleges is essential, building enduring relationships through activities of mutual benefit.

Full time permanent position.  Salary: £37,345 per annum.  Closing date: 4 January 2019. Interview date: 23 January 2018.

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WP evaluation officer, Oxford Brookes
This post will undertake primary and secondary research and data analysis to support and inform the development of widening participation strategies to help us to increase participation and success of students from under-represented groups.  The post holder will lead the monitoring and evaluation of the team’s activities through the HEAT database. With the Widening Participation Evaluation Manager, they will play a key role in developing an evaluation strategy and support materials that enable the team and other colleagues to carry out relevant monitoring and evaluation of their own areas.  The post holder will also manage the work of student ambassadors who undertake the more routine data requests and inputting of data into the HEAT database.

We’re looking for someone with good experience of quantitative methods, and research or evaluation work.  The post-holder will have a broad remit, undertaking primary and secondary research and data analysis to support and inform the development of widening participation strategies to help us to increase participation and success of students from under-represented groups, looking after the HEAT database, and managing the data-related work of student ambassadors. Salary: £27,025 rising annually to £29,515.  Closing date 6 January 2019.  Any queries can be addressed to the WP
Evaluation Manager, Gary Downing, on

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Director, Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC) at the University of Leeds.

The Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC) plays a vital strategic role in delivering the commitment of the University of Leeds to inclusion and widening participation. This is both about our sector-leading work with mature learners and in the provision of intensive foundation years for students of all ages from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Centre’s approach is to be proactive across the whole student lifecycle. It offers sustained outreach and preparatory provision, bespoke programmes, including professionally-related degrees and apprenticeships, and developmental support at all stages to enable students to realise their potential.

The LLC is both an academic school and central service, combining delivery of undergraduate degrees and progression pathways (c650 total registrations p.a.) with responsibility for the support of mature undergraduates across the University. It benefits from a very strong team culture, with shared commitment to delivering an exceptional experience for students through effective partnerships between academic, student support and administrative colleagues. There is also clear recognition that lifelong learning is a dynamic area in which continuous improvement and creative engagement with new circumstances are vital for on-going success. Further information about the LLC:

With the current Director of the LLC retiring in summer 2019, the University is looking to appoint a successor who can build on established excellence and take the LLC forward to address the opportunities and challenges of the future. You will have: strong strategic capabilities grounded in vigorous and informed commitment to widening participation and mature learners; and outstanding leadership qualities, creativity, and the ability to work at senior levels including with employers and other external organisations.

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Full time permanent post.  Competitive salary.  Closing date: 13 January 2019.

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Pro-Vice-Chancellor Colleges and Student Experience
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Colleges division and Experience Durham, working closely with Heads of Colleges and key officers in Durham Students’ Union and Experience Durham.  The successful candidate will be an inspirational and caring leader who will have a strong personal commitment to Durham’s collegiate values and student welfare, and an unflagging interest in all areas of student achievement and participation.  The post-holder will report to the Vice-Chancellor and Warden and will play a key role in developing University-wide strategies and policies as a member of the University Executive Committee.  Permanent full-time post.  Closing date: 14 January 2019.  Further information: .

We welcome applicants from different professional backgrounds, who are able to demonstrate a genuine commitment to the values and culture of the University.

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