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

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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:

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                            CURRENT VACANCIES

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Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Manchester Metropolitan University

This role will support the evaluation of the programme and provide evidence of the impact of outreach interventions.
Reporting to the Monitoring and Evaluating Manager they will analyse data and produce reports for partners to support the tracking and evaluation of the programme.
Full-time, Fixed term contract until the end of July 2021. Salary: £22,659 to £25,482pa. Closing date: 19 August 2019.


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Do you have the resilience and self-motivation to negotiate and influence others on the importance of equity and inclusion? Do you have a passion for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion? Do you have what it takes to lead on programmes and projects?

The Equality, diversity and inclusion team are looking for 2 committed, passionate and dedicated people to be part of the team to push through, patient equality and accessibility, workforce equity and inclusion and the widening participation strategy. If you are a go getter and think you can make a difference on this important agenda, please get in touch. The roles will have a focus either patient or workforce with some overlap. If you have a preference please specify.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ is among the UK’s busiest and most successful NHS foundation trusts. We provide a full range of hospital and community services for people in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham, as well as specialist care for patients from further afield including cancer, renal, orthopaedic and cardiovascular services. The commitment of our 17,100 staff is key to our success. We are one of the largest local employers and we aim to develop and support all our staff so they are able to deliver high quality, safe and efficient care. The 2018 NHS staff survey results show that we have one of the most engaged and motivated workforces in the NHS. We know this has a positive impact on the care provided to our patients.

Permanent, full time post. Salary: £44,347 – £50,549 p.a inc of HCA. Closing date: 19 August 2019. Interview date: 30 August 2019. Further information:


Data and Monitoring Officer, Student Recruitment and Admissions, University of Edinburgh

Line managed by the Widening Participation Manager, the Data and Monitoring Officer will play a critical role in the Widening Participation team and the wider SRA department.  The overall purpose of the role is to support, manage and deliver specific monitoring and evaluation initiatives in pursuit of the University’s student recruitment, admissions and widening participation strategic objectives. The role will support the effective operation of the University’s contextualised admissions policy and the monitoring and evaluation of key Scottish Funding Council-funded initiatives such as the Accessing the High Demand Professions project (ACES and REACH).

The Data and Monitoring Officer’s responsibilities include: monitoring and evaluation of WP outreach activities including the design and implementation of monitoring systems, the analysis of statistical data and the production of reports, drawing conclusions from findings in order to produce impact reports and case studies as well as identifying best practice; supporting the use of contextualised data in undergraduate admissions; fostering positive working relationships with external organisations and data/evaluation colleagues; and contributing to wider SRA activities.

Part time, open ended post. Salary: £27,830 – £32,236. Closing date: 21 August 20129. Interview date: 30 August 2019.


Diversity and Inclusion Project Lead, Manchester Metropolitan University

You will work within the Peer Assisted Learning Team, a central service in the Directorate of Student Services, leading on the delivery of the University’s Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador Project. The Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Student Ambassador project aims to promote wellbeing and improve outcomes (specifically attainment and student experience) for targeted groups of students including Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) under-graduate students and those from low-socio-economic groups.

Working closely with the designated contact in Manchester Metropolitan’s Student Union to develop a network of student ambassadors from targeted groups, and support them to develop and deliver a range of events and activities. You will also work in partnership with the students to set out a method to identify and evaluate student led activity, monitoring and evaluation interventions and reporting back into a Steering Group.

The key focus of the Diversity and Inclusion Project Lead is to liaise with both students and staff to implement actions that feed into project and University objectives whilst working closely with the Student Union Officer to promote the programme to students and to develop and deliver training to the ambassadors.

Some of the key responsibilities of your role will be:

  • to be the main point of contact in the University for the Diversity and Inclusion Student Ambassador programme.
  • to develop the Ambassador programme in partnership with the Students’ Union and targeted faculties, and have a strong focus on monitoring and evaluating its impact.
  • to collaborate with colleagues across the University to review, develop and improve current practice for diversity and inclusion.
  • to empower students to tackle negative impacts of stereotyping by developing safe spaces for dialogue and increasing students sense of belonging.

You will be educated to degree level, have experience of delivering projects and events involving students and have knowledge of equal opportunities legislation and commitment to equality of opportunity and Widening Participation.

Full timer, fixed term until August 2023. Salary: £30,395 to £34,189. Closing date: 25 August 2019.


Widening Participation Coordinator, Academic Registrar’s Division, London School of Economics

Working with around 2,500 young people each year Widening Participation at LSE delivers a comprehensive Programme of activity to meet LSE’s commitments within the School’s Access and Participation Plan and the LSE Strategy 2030. The Widening Participation Coordinator will support and deliver a range of projects across the Team as well as contributing to the development of new and innovative WP projects.

The post holder will also be involved in recruiting, training and supervising academic and student staff involved with the projects; and liaising with schools and colleges involved with Widening Participation (WP) projects.

Candidates should have: General knowledge of UK education and widening participation issues; Experience of working with children and/or young people in an educational environment; Experience of organising events; and the ability to understand and convey information in a clear and accurate manner

Full time, fixed term post for six months. Salary from £30,029 to £34,487 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £37,050 pa inclusive (fixed term for six months). Closing date: 26 August 2019.  Interview date: 5 September.


Senior HEON Evaluation and Impact Officer, University of Surrey
An opportunity has arisen for a full-time appointment which is fixed term until July 2021.

The post holder, in the Widening Participation and Outreach Team (WP & OR), will be responsible for managing the evaluation of the Higher Education Outreach Network (HEON), which is a partnership of local organisations including universities and colleges working in Surrey and North East Hampshire. Through a programme of targeted outreach HEON aims to increase the rates of young people from local areas accessing higher education. HEON is funded through the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), which is a strategic initiative of the Office for Students (OfS).

The Senior HEON Evaluation and Impact Officer will lead on HEON’s data collection and evaluation strategy, ensuring that evaluation and monitoring is robust and appropriate, meets the requirements outlined by the OfS, and supports HEON in meeting its KPI’s. They will be responsible for collating and communicating impact data related to HEON’s work, including supporting NCOP returns to the OfS, reporting to the operational and steering group, and communicating impact to other key stakeholders. The role requires experience of using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, including questionnaire design and analysing data to produce reports. Knowledge of Widening Participation policy and practice is desirable.

With relevant professional knowledge and previous experience, the successful candidate will have excellent organisational and analytical skills, and will be able to demonstrate a strong ability to communicate with, and obtain buy in from, a variety of different audiences.

Full time fixed term contract until 31 July 2019. Location Guildford. Salary: £32,236 to £39,609 pa. Closing date: 27 August 2019.


Widening Participation Evaluation and Data Officer, University of Surrey

An opportunity has arisen for a full time Widening Participation Evaluation and Data Officer based in the Widening Participation Research, Evaluation and Data team which report to the Head of Market Insight and Data situated in Strategic Planning.

The WP Evaluation and Data Officer will be responsible for evaluating initiatives that support the Success and Progression of current students and the work of the WP Research and Evaluation Manager. The role requires experience of using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, including questionnaire design and analysing data to produce reports. Knowledge of Widening Participation policy and practice is desirable.

The WP Research and Evaluation team have responsibility for the strategic evaluation of Access, Success and Progression activities and the post holder will work across university services such as Careers and Employability, Student Services, Additional Learning Support (ALS), Centre for Wellbeing and the Academic Skills and Development team to provide evaluation support to ensure the delivery of the University’s Access and Participation Plan.

The Evaluation and Data Officer will be located centrally within the Widening Participation and Outreach Department, reporting to the WP Research and Evaluation Manager.

The benefits package includes a generous salary package, award winning pension scheme, childcare assistance and discounted membership to our world-renowned Surrey Sports Park. You will receive a generous annual leave entitlement and excellent development opportunities. Location Guildford.

Permanent, full time post. Salary: £27,025 to £31,303 pa. Closing date: 27 August 2019. Interview date: 3 September 2019.


Schools and Colleges Liaison Assistant, Oxford Brookes University

The UK Recruitment and Partnerships Team is looking for a Schools and Colleges Liaison Assistant to help to deliver our recruitment and widening participation activity. This is an ideal role for someone with strong presentation and administrative skills who wants to begin a career in widening participation.

The School and Colleges Liaison Assistant will support a wide range of activities in the Schools and Colleges Liaison team, but in particular will:

  • Support the delivery of widening participation projects, likely to include a specific project to support applicants from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds to apply to Oxford Brookes.
  • Deliver presentations and workshops about university and Oxford Brookes to audiences ranging from Primary School students through to Sixth Formers and teachers.
  • Coordinate the team’s initial communication with schools and colleges, including overseeing the schools and colleges email account
  • Support the Student Ambassador Scheme Coordinator with the administration of the scheme

We are looking for:

  • Experience of organising events, and of working with external organisations
  • An understanding of student recruitment and widening participation
  • Good written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to deliver engaging presentations and workshops to a variety of audiences.

Full time, permanent post. Salary: £24,029 rising annually to £26,243. Closing date: 30 August 2019. Interviews” 18-19 September 2019.


Senior Widening Participation and Outreach Officer, Recruitment Communications & Marketing, Sheffield Hallam University

As Senior Widening Participation and Outreach Officer (NCOP) you’ll provide operational management for the Widening Participation and Outreach team and support the delivery of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) in South Yorkshire. You will ensure the delivery of high impact activity that meets the needs of specific target groups and contributes towards the university’s objectives and commitments in relation to Widening Participation and collaborative outreach.

The Widening Participation team focus on delivering outreach activity, engaging with our local community and providing targeted support to those underrepresented in Higher Education, fulfilling our Access and Participation Plan commitments.

We’re looking for a Senior Officer with knowledge and understanding of Widening Participation in Higher Education, including relevant policy. You’ll need to be adept at:

  • Leading and managing a team
  • Leading operational activities in student recruitment, schools engagement or widening participation within an education environment
  • Working with young people and vulnerable adults and knowledge of the associated safeguarding issues
  • Managing the delivery of multiple projects and activities to target and budget

If you are offered this post you will be subject to an enhanced with barred lists check by the Disclosure and Barring Service. A criminal record will not necessarily prevent you from working at Sheffield Hallam University but its relevance to the duties of the post will need to be assessed before the appointment is confirmed.

Full time fixed term post. Salary: £ 27,025 to £33,199 pa. Closing date: 1 September 2019.

We welcome applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working.


Outreach Manager, Regents University

We are currently looking for a proactive and innovative Outreach Manager to help widen access to the University in line with our charitable status and objectives and reach out into community activities. The post-holder will oversee the University’s public benefit function with the aim of assisting in the development and continual refinement of the outreach strategy and implementing and improving initiatives which meet the overall strategic aim of widening access to the University’s activities in line with its’ charitable objectives.

The Post-holder will lead, develop and implement the University’s Bursary scheme, Scholarship program and outreach initiatives. You will lead and implement the University’s outreach strategy and increase applications to the University’s Bursary scheme. The Post-holder will build strong, sustained relationships with secondary schools and deliver a programme of high impact outreach and widening participation activity to engage students, parents, teachers and advisers with higher education and Regent’s University.

The Development and Alumni Relations team aims to connect with former students (alumni) of the University and its predecessor institutions, and with other potential supporters, to help achieve the aims of the University Strategy. Closer engagement with alumni and other supporters has the potential to further develop Regent’s global community, and in so doing to unlock philanthropy, to raise the University’s profile, to improve the student experience, to enhance graduate opportunities and to aid recruitment.

To succeed in this role you will have led on similar initiatives and be an expert on outreach and inclusion best practice. You will also be a graduate with exceptional communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills, able to inform and persuade senior stakeholders and external bodies. You will be a self-starter, able to evidence past innovations and their impact.   Higher Educational experience is not essential, but it is desirable.

In return, we can offer you a real opportunity to be involved in the key workings of a University and to help towards our success. The successful candidate will be able to access a range of benefits including working in an exceptional location and a supportive, collegiate working culture.

Full time fixed-Term Contract up to August 2020 (maternity leave cover). Salary: £35,447 to £36,886 per annum. Closing date: 2 September 2019.


Head of Curiosity (Education), Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium, Winchester

To be line managed by the Director of STEM Strategy, we are currently seeking a Head of Curiosity to be responsible for all public facing STEM activities delivered at our Science Centre in Winchester and the role exists to deliver the charity’s core aim of sparking curiosity and building science capital for all. The Head of Curiosity will curate, develop, deliver and evaluate STEM engagement for all visitors to the centre, by collaborating with key STEM partners, ensuring the Centre is a national beacon of best practice throughout the science communication sector.

The Head of Curiosity drives excellence within the organisation, bringing quality, awe and innovation to the visitor experience. This includes a diverse range of inspiring activities and events designed to entice intrigue in science participation across different audiences such as schools, youth groups, families, adults and more. The Head of Curiosity will be instrumental in working with external contractors on exhibition design and interactivity through their extensive subject knowledge. The post-holder will also work with our Innovation Officer to develop partnerships with external contributors such as universities.

The Head of Curiosity will work in collaboration with the Head of Widening Participation to engage with underrepresented audiences and will work with the Fundraising team to ensure impact evidence is best used to raise future funds and demonstrate the charitable value of the Centre. The post-holder will liaise closely with external partners across the international community to share expertise and resources, further establishing the organisation as a leader in public engagement and raising Science Capital.

The post-holder will be a role model to the wider STEM team, responsible for driving forward a diverse and talented team of Curiosity Officers and Inspirers who deliver the content curated by the Head of Curiosity. We are looking for a candidate to hit the ground running, offering dynamic and energetic leadership. At every stage the successful candidate will lead by example, drive the Science Centre forward and set high standards for the Curiosity team and wider organisation.

Winchester Science Centre is a unique and exciting place to work, with an exceptional team of creative and motivated individuals. Our energetic and enthused team have a genuine passion for their day to day duties, and are committed to the objectives of our charity and seeing it succeed. A hard-working, open culture is encouraged, where cross-departmental working is embedded in everything we do. We are looking for a positive, self-starting and energetic Head of Curiosity to fit this culture and drive the team to the next level.

Salary: £32,000.00 to £35,000.00 /year. Closing date: 17 September 2019. Interview date: 24 or 25 September 2019.