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 a monthly newsletter which along with recent reports is free to download or view on our website:

  • Reports
  • Briefings
  • Electronic newsletters
  • Events listings
  • Vacancy service
  • monthly eBulletin
  • 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.


University of Birmingham Assistant Outreach Officer

This particular post is to support the development of activity linked to the University’s agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA). It will have specific responsibility for supporting the project management of our Year 10 Summer Schools, our Year 12 outreach programme Birmingham LINK and the University masterclass programme. It will also support the further development of our Access to Birmingham (A2B) Programme as outlined in our OFFA Agreement.
The post holder will work to support the appropriate targeting and evaluation activity of the Outreach team. This will support our culture of continuous improvement, enable the dissemination of our activity to a wider audience and support reporting on our Access Agreement with the Office for Fair Access.
Full time, permanent post. Salary: £26,052 to £28,452. With potential progression once in post to £32,004 a year. Closing date 24 September 2017.

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Senior Access Officer, Access and Widening Participation Office, UCL

As a key member of the Post-16 team, the post-holder will be responsible for the development and implementation of an exciting new initiative that will allow prospective students from underrepresented backgrounds to receive an alternative offer of entry, if they complete an assessed piece of work to the required standard.  The post holder will work closely with the Access Manager (Post-16) and with a wide range of professional and academic departments across UCL to develop and implement a robust and evidence based alternative offer scheme. Available for 12 months in the first instance.

The successful candidate will have experience of managing complex projects and developing and implementing new initiatives. Excellent project management, communication, and customer service skills are essential. Experience of writing and presenting workshops, lessons or presentations would be desirable.

Full time post. Salary (inclusive of London allowance): £34,056 – £41,163 per annum. Closing date: 24 September 2017.

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Access Officer (Pre 16), Access and Widening Participation Office, UCL

The Pre 16 team deliver programmes and events for Years 5 to 11, including summer schools, family days, themed school visit days, Saturday programmes and half term programmes. As a key member of the Pre-16 team, this post-holder is responsible for the development and delivery of the UCL Sutton Scholars programme, Bring Your Family to university Saturdays and other programmes.

The successful candidate will have experience of co-ordinating projects, programmes, or events and experience of working with children and/or young people. Excellent communication, IT and organisation skills are essential. Experience of preparing and delivering workshops, lessons, or presentations would be desirable.

Full time post. Salary (inclusive of London allowance): £28,014 – £32,830 per annum.

Closing date: 1 October 2017.

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Outreach Co-ordinator, Support and Professional Services, Marketing and Communications

The University of Portsmouth is seeking a highly motivated and experienced professional to join its Recruitment and Outreach team as Outreach Coordinator.  This is an exciting time of change across the sector and the University, and the role will provide the opportunity to grow within a large integrated Marketing and Communications team.

Working in collaboration with faculties and a variety of stakeholders you will deliver outreach initiatives in accordance with the University’s Access Agreement and recruitment strategy.  The main focus of this role will be to work proactively with 11-16 schools, particularly in Portsmouth, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, to raise students’ aspirations to Higher Education and the University of Portsmouth.

The successful applicant will be results orientated with excellent communication and organisational skills. They will have extensive experience of working in the Widening Participation and Higher Education sector and will be educated to degree level. You must be prepared to work some evenings, travel locally and stay away from home occasionally.

Full time permanent post. Salary: £34,520 – £37,706 per annum. Closing date: 1 October 2017. Interview date: 12 October 2017. Further information: ZZ600293 – Outreach Co-ordinator.docx


Outreach and Widening Participation Assistant, Marketing and External Relations, University of Salford

This is an exciting opportunity for a recent graduate to gain skills and experience to enhance their future employability either within or beyond the University sector. The role will give the post-holder the opportunity to gain an understanding of widening participation and outreach by way of their designated tasks, staff training and development opportunities and participation in collaborative projects via the Greater Manchester Higher network.

The post holder will take primary responsibility for the administrative work supporting the Outreach team. This will involve a wide variety of tasks which are crucial in the smooth running of the team. The role is customer facing and will be the first point of contact for queries from Schools and Colleges by both phone and email with responsibility for managing the team’s calendar of events ensuring that information passed onto the outreach officers is accurate and up to date.
Greater Manchester Higher is a collaborative scheme across four universities and nine further education colleges and works in partnership with local teachers to provide school learners across Greater Manchester with free, high-quality higher education awareness-raising activities, as part of our commitment to widening participation. Activities include university visits, various activities in schools, professional development for teachers and events for targeted learners. There will also be opportunities to be directly involved in student recruitment events such as Open Days, Applicant Visit Days and UCAS Fairs.  As much of the outreach work which takes place at Salford is collaborative there will be a requirement to work with colleagues across the GM Higher network to ensure that events are successful. The post holder will be required to work flexible hours (including evenings and occasional weekend commitments).  Full time, fixed term post until December 2018.

Salary: £17,399 – £19,485. Closing date: 1 October 2017.

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