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:

  • Publications (currently being overhauled)
  • Briefings (currently being overhauled)
  • Reports (currently being overhauled)
  • Electronic newsletters
  • Events listings
  • Vacancy service
  • Monthly WP and access eBulletin
  • Plus information, news and views of key reports


                            CURRENT VACANCIES

Please let  the institutions and organisations you apply to know that you saw this vacancy on the Action on Access website. I am assuming they will all be remote recruitment interviewing as they have not been withdrawn.


Chief Executive Officer (CEO), London Metropolitan University Students’ union

An exciting opportunity for an outstanding leader has arisen at London Metropolitan University Students’ Union: a Chief Executive who will support our elected Student Officers, staff team and Board of Trustees to lead the next phase of our development in implementing our new strategic plan. This is an exceptional role helping to shape the lives of existing and future students, in an environment that’s rewarding, values driven and meaningful.

As the Chief Executive you have a unique opportunity to work with the Board of Trustees and play a pivotal role in providing strategic leadership and guidance to the Union’s staff team. You will thrive on change and believe in creating and supporting a diverse community, which enriches the student experience.

You are a leader and manager who truly believes in empowering Student Officers, students and staff. A leader with the energy, commitment and belief to turn strategy into reality. You will be an innovative thinker and engaging communicator with the proven ability to build strong working relationships and influence a wide range of stakeholders.

You will be able to lead a team who are responsible for an interesting portfolio of activities and demonstrate your commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. With a proven track record in financial and business planning, you will be a leader of people, open, self-aware and with a natural coaching style.

With strong listening and influencing skills you will bring new ideas, encourage the ideas of others, bringing fresh perspectives and thinking to innovate and grow the organisation.

You may have experience in the Students’ Union movement or more broadly in higher education and the charity sector. This is not essential, more important is a passion for our mission, vision, values and the skills to engage with all stakeholders.

This is an amazing role and hugely rewarding; you will have the opportunity to work with great people in a diverse and successful organisation with a mission that has real meaning, making a difference to students’ lives at university and in their future.

We are happy to explore this vacancy with existing senior managers who would like to develop and take this step into a Chief Executive role, or experienced CEOs who are looking for their next challenge and development.

Permanent full-time post. Salary: £54,752 to £64,241 (Incl. of London Allowance). Closing date: 1 June 2020. Interviews date: 26 June 2020.


Part-time Foundation Oxford Coordinator, Academic Administration Division, Oxford University

As part of Oxford’s Access and Participation Plan, a strategic commitment was made to widen participation by encouraging and supporting applications from students from under-represented groups. One of the major initiatives announced by the University to meet this ambition was the establishment of a foundation year, Foundation Oxford, to provide intensive tuition and support for students with high academic potential from very disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Foundation Oxford Coordinator will be central to delivering the University’s strategic ambition for a new foundation year programme. As such, the role will require an individual with the necessary professional leadership abilities to lead on the design of this new provision, deploying effective skills in consensus building across the complex organisational structure of the University, and having the necessary insight to enable seamless implementation.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a keen understanding of widening access and outreach at a selective university. They should also be able: to contribute at strategic and operational levels to the development of a foundation year, ideally with experience of producing relevant content for such courses within a selective university setting; and to develop and sustain excellent professional working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders across a complex and very devolved organisation. Informal enquiries about the post may be addressed to Dr Saira Shaikh (

Fixed-term, part-time until 31 July 2022. Salary: ££55,750 – £64,605 p.a. (pro rata). Closing date: 4 June 2020.


Principal of Coulsdon Sixth Form College

Coulsdon Sixth Form College is recruiting for a new Principal due to the impending retirement of the current post holder.

With recruitment in 2019/20 above expectations, and strong applications for the 2020/21 academic year, we need a new leader who can drive the college forward on its journey from good to great. This is a fantastic role, offering the opportunity of leadership of a good Sixth Form College, within the supportive environment of Croydon College.

Key areas of responsibility for the Principal post include: Leading the Senior Team of Coulsdon Sixth Form College communicating vision and direction and ensuring that the Sixth Form College’s aims are implemented throughout the college; Academic Development & Quality Improvement Plans; Staff planning, structure and welfare; Curriculum and timetable planning; Financial planning and resource management; Provision of professional advice to the Coulsdon Board; Executive Team responsibilities; Community trust in the college acting as the public face of the Sixth Form College.

We’re looking for an inspirational leader who’ll fully engage staff, students and the community in the college’s journey to great. Benefiting from a talented workforce, a modern building, great sports facilities and good resources, the Sixth Form College offers the local community of Croydon and beyond access to a wide selection of A-Level and BTEC courses to support 16-18 year olds into Higher Education and Apprenticeships.

Full time, permanent post. Competitive salary. Closing date: 8 June 2020.


Senior Access and Outreach Officer, Magdalen College Oxford University

The Senior Outreach and Access Officer will take a lead in the management of the College’s outreach and access programmes (involving work on Widening Access, Widening Participation, and Student Recruitment); and will have the responsibility for overseeing both the non-technical aspects of the College website, ensuring that its contents are up to date and communicate the College’s values and objectives effectively, and the content of the College’s social media communications in respect of outreach.

Applications for places at the College are encouraged from all students with outstanding academic potential, irrespective of background or country of origin. The Senior Outreach and Access Officer will have responsibility for overseeing the implementation of Magdalen’s ambitious new outreach and access programmes and the smooth running of the College’s current outreach and access activities. The post-holder will need to investigate options for outreach and access initiatives and collaborations, presenting written and oral cases for the various possibilities to the College’s decision-making committees, and to prepare reports on outreach and access work for College committees as required. The outreach work which the Senior Outreach and Access Officer will undertake will focus on: Widening Access, Widening Participation, as well as Student Recruitment – work with schools and colleges (whether from the UK or further afield) who traditionally have provided successful applicants to Oxford. The Senior Outreach and Access Officer will play an important role in developing Magdalen’s contribution to Oxford’s implementation of its Access and Participation Plan, which is reviewed annually (the current agreement is available on the following page of the University website).

Candidates should have: a recent award of a good first degree; relevant experience of Higher Education and involvement with outreach; excellent written and oral communication skills, and a high level of computer literacy; excellent interpersonal skills, and an ability to work both independently and as part of a team; excellent time-management skills and attention to detail; flexibility with working hours, willingness to travel and possession of a clean current driving licence is desirable.

Fixed-term appointment of three years’ duration. Salary: £29,176 – £38,017 per annum plus travel expenses. Closing date: 12.00 noon on Friday 12 June 2020.


Student and Academic Support Lead, Student Services, Cranfield University, Bedford

An exciting new opportunity has arisen to join the Student and Academic Support team in the role of SAS Lead, based within the School of Defence and Security. The successful applicant will be primarily responsible for supporting courses belonging to the Cranfield Forensic Institute relocating from the Shrivenham site to the Cranfield campus in October 2020. As such, you will be required to spend two weeks at the Shrivenham site once the site reopens following Government guidance regarding lockdown measures.

You will be joining a friendly and supportive team and be the key point of contact for students and staff for advice, guidance and support. Responsibilities include the delivery of academic administration, student support and ensuring high levels of customer service and student satisfaction.

You will be an experienced, self-motivated Higher Education Administrator, with working knowledge of University Regulations, and significant experience of working in partnership with students, Professional Service Unit colleagues and academics. You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, be able to prioritise and manage a high volume of work, working quickly and accurately to meet tight deadlines. Proven analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills are a must.

We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of home-working, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role. Find out more here.

Cranfield is the UK’s only exclusively postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally.

For an informal discussion, please contact Michelle Parcell, Student and Academic Support Manager, on (E):

Permanent full-time post. Salary: £24,739 to £28,338 per annum. Closing date: 14 Jun 2020.


Widening Participation Officer, 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 Agreement and LSE Strategy 2020. The Widening Participation Officer line manages up to two members of staff in the Team and plays a vital role in both delivering as well as overseeing the development of key elements of our WP Programme. In the first instance this will include lead responsibility for our flagship LSE CHOICE project. The vacancy arises at an exciting time to join the Team as widening participation goes through a period of development. The post-holder will play an important part in this process. For more information about the activity currently delivered see

Candidates should have:

  • Knowledge of UK education, especially the schools and higher education sectors; and widening participation issues
  • Ability to work with people at all levels including academics, teachers and pupils, plus an enjoyment of working with children of all ages
  • Experience of managing and delivering projects on time and to budget
  • Experience of developing and managing staff, ensuring standards and aims are met.

To apply for this post, please go to If you have any queries about applying on the online system, or require an alternative format for the application, please e-mail:

Fulltime permanent position. Salary: £33,784 to £40,867 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £43,973. Closing date: 3 July 2016.