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.)

Director of Education and Youth, Stonewall, London
LGBT young people are at a higher risk of being left behind by society – at home, in their community, by employers, in their school and by the public services they access. Stonewall’s vision is that all children and young people’s services are equipped with the knowledge and confidence to support LGBT young people, and to provide services that meet their needs.

We are in the first year of implementing a new five-year strategy for our education and youth work. We are seeking a Director of Education and Youth with experience and skills in strategic leadership and programme management, who’s committed to LGBT inclusion for children and young people. The successful candidate will lead the implementation and continuous development of this strategy.

They will support existing Stonewall schools and youth programmes, as well as expanding and extending them to support LGBT young people who are not in education, employment or training, and other influential agencies and individuals who work with young people. This includes but is not limited to social workers, key workers, GPs, foster carers, faith leaders, apprenticeship providers, employers, vocational training providers and youth workers.

Finally, they will be responsible for developing a sustainable income stream to support this work, to ensure that Stonewall can continue to improve experiences for LGBT young people.

The Education and Youth team works to bring about lasting change to education institutions and wider children and young people’s services. The team empowers young people to campaign and lead positive change for LGBT people in their communities, and to create LGBT-inclusive environments that are free from homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. We work with staff and students from primary schools, through the education pipeline, and in to the world of work. Outside of the school environment the Education and Youth team works with organisations who support children and young people, from mental health service providers to apprenticeships providers. We manage Stonewall’s wider youth communications and events (such as Youth Pride events) and work across Stonewall to develop empowerment programmes for people working with or supporting young people across the country.

Full time permanent post. Salary: £49,871 and £59,072.  Closing date: 14 November 2018 at 9.30am. Interviews: 20/21/22 November.

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Director of Student Opportunity, University of Warwick

The University of Warwick is seeking to fill a newly-created position of Director of Student Opportunity. The pos-tholder will provide compelling leadership, vision and direction to ensure the University can deliver a transformative step-change in organisational cultures and working practices. They will work across the whole University community and beyond, with an initial focus on developing our employability offer and embedding internationalisation and inclusion across the student lifecycle.

To lead the development of Student Opportunity and provide vision and direction to ensure the University can deliver substantial change management projects and programmes, transforming the student experience at the University. To act as central lead from within professional services across the whole University community, and engaging with stakeholders at local, national and global levels, to promote and facilitate a diverse range of inclusive, engaging, co-curricular student opportunities.

If you would like to speak to someone about the role, you are encouraged to contact Dr Chris Twine, Academic Registrar on 02476 522785 or via email at
Permanent Position. Competitive salary.  Closing date: 18 November 20918.  Interview date: 4 December 2018.  Further information:


Senior UK Events Officer, Recruitment and Admissions Office, Coventry University

The Recruitment and Admissions Office is a central professional service dealing with a wide range of activities relating to UK undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate taught (PGT) student recruitment and admissions.  We are a proactive and energetic team, founded on sound customer service principles and a belief in going the extra mile for our applicants.

We are currently seeking a Senior Events Officer to join our Student Recruitment Team.

The post holder will take a very active cross-team approach both within the RAO and across the Coventry University Group.  The post will sit in the Student Recruitment Team assisting our UG and PGT student recruitment but also our widening participation (WP) work.

This will be achieved through the development and organisation of a series of on-campus, face-to-face events for schools, colleges and other partners, working to an annual schedule of activities and including the university’s annual Teachers and Advisers Conference.  There is a necessity for these events to demonstrate a clear impact on our recruitment and WP targets.  The post holder will also provide support to our major on-campus events (Open Days and similar).  Salary: £26,250 – £35,222 per annum.  Closing date: 19 November 2018.

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Senior Access and Widening Participation Officer, Solent University

As part of the Admissions and Recruitment Centre you will have responsibility for designing and developing the University’s outreach strategy focusing on young disadvantaged pupils from Years 6 to 13 in schools and colleges in the Southampton, Havant, Portsmouth and South London region.  This will involve building strong relationships with senior contacts in schools and colleges, working with the Southern Universities Network, Local Authorities and other external agencies to ensure the programmes of delivery we offer at Solent meet the needs of our target audiences and our Access and Participation Plan.

A key part of the role will be enhancing processes for evaluating and monitoring the impact of activities that are delivered by the team and providing robust data analysis and reporting on HEAT, the University’s CRM using UCAS and HESA data and other reporting tools.

This is an exciting opportunity for a motivational leader, with an excellent track record of working successfully with young people in schools, to lead a small team of dedicated and creative staff in the delivery of the University’s exciting and ambitious Access and Participation Plan.

Qualified to degree level (or equivalent) the successful candidate will be highly committed and innovative in their approach to providing advice and guidance on opportunities for further study and training to disadvantaged young people and will possess excellent communication skills/ be an engaging presenter.  Experience of developing effective partnerships with key stakeholders is essential as is the ability to organise events and design and produce high quality resources for educational purposes.

Full time permanent post.  Salary: £37,345 – £42,267.  Closing date: 20 November 2018.  Interview Date: 14 December 2018.  Further information:


Study Higher Project Manager, Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University is acting as the Lead Institution for a HEFCE funded National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) covering Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Swindon. The Study Higher partnership is part of a nationwide programme that aims to provide programmes of collaborative outreach in specific, local areas where higher education participation is low overall and lower than would be expected given GCSE (KS4) attainment rates, with the intention of boosting HE participation rates by young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds.

We are looking for a project manager to oversee Oxford Brookes’ contribution to Study Higher.

The role: Liaising with schools, colleges and stakeholders to develop and deliver the Study Higher project plan; Delivering educational programmes and projects which contribute to Study Higher’s aims; Managing the project budget, and the Study Higher Liaison Officer; Contributing to monitoring, evaluation and research into the effectiveness of widening participation activities.

You should have: Substantial experience of working in education, and an understanding of widening participation; The ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences and target groups; Experience of collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders

Project, budget and staff management skills.

Full time fixed term post until 31 July 2019. Salary: £31,302 rising annually to £34,189. Closing date: 20 November 2018. Further information:


Principal Partner College Co-ordinator, School and Colleges Liaison Service, University of Hull

This is an exciting new role, which will lead on the operational management and co-ordination of the University’s ambitious plans for its Principal Partner College network (PPCN), ensuring that its programme of activity is highly organised, innovative and sector leading.  In addition to the overall management and co-ordination of the programme with all Principal Partner Colleges, the post holder will be expected to plan and deliver joint events based at the University of Hull campus and also on site at partner colleges.  These will include: conferences, activities and summer schools; presentations and activities, which range from career and employability advice to subject specific talks and taster of University sessions; student workshops and advice sessions spanning subjects from coping with stress, through to preparing for exams, and more besides.

The service promotes higher education by developing and managing outreach and widening participation events both on and off campus with targeted schools and colleges.

The strength and reach of the University’s Principal Partner College Network (PPCN) is a key enabler of its vision to advance education, knowledge and understanding for the benefit of individuals and society at large.  The PPCN promotes access to university and creates a collaborative environment for the creation and adoption of initiatives that increase widening participation and access for all.

To discuss this role informally, please contact Deborah Green, Director of Student Recruitment; 01482 466804;

Full time, permanent post. Salary: £27,830 to £33,199 per annum.  Closing date: 22 November 2018.  Further information:


Head of Outreach and Widening Participation,  Marketing & Communications, Queen Mary University of London

The Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) Marketing and Student Recruitment Office is responsible for the marketing of QMUL’s profile and educational programmes, and the recruitment of students (home and international).  The Widening Participation team, led by the Head of Outreach and Widening Participation, sits within the Marketing and Student Recruitment Office and is responsible for the planning, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of a challenging programme of outreach activities aimed at increasing admissions from the key target groups identified in the Access and Participation Plan.

The Head of Outreach and Widening Participation is responsible for ensuring that all widening participation activities support QMUL’s Strategic Plan, and are congruent with overall student recruitment objectives.

QMUL is committed to enhancing its programme of outreach work, and the Head of Outreach and Widening Participation will take a lead in developing this.  The post holder will be responsible for managing the planning and delivery of a range of established outreach activities, including managing relationships with feeder and partner schools, overseeing summer schools programme and representing QMUL externally.  S/he will make a significant contribution to the development and delivery of QMUL’s UK Student Recruitment and Widening Participation work as well as taking a lead on regulatory aspects of the Access and Participation Plan – including drafting reports and prepare submissions.

The successful candidate will be commercially astute, demonstrate experience of managing and motivating staff, and have excellent communication, networking and organisational skills. S/he will have authoritative knowledge of current issues around UK higher education and widening participation and proven experience of recruiting students across the UK.  Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills are essential, as is the proven ability to manage multiple projects to tight deadlines.  Informal enquiries should be addressed to Priti Patel, Assistant Director of Student Recruitment and Widening Participation,

Full time permanent appointment. Salary: in the range of £46,489 – £51,899 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.  Closing date: 25 November 2018.  Interview date: 27 November 2018.

Further information:

Mixed Methods Researcher, Knowledge and Research team, Advance HE

Quantitative Researcher, Knowledge and Research team, Advance HE

Two vacancies with Advance HE.  Advance HE’s approach is evidence-based, using research to identify what works, and develop practice-based solutions.  The work of the Research team is central to these aims, and the post holder will contribute significantly to consolidating the evidence base and raising the profile of Advance HE in the sector. Reporting to Head of Knowledge and Research, Researchers will develop and lead complex research projects across Advance HE’s portfolio of work to meet the delivery of the Operations Plan. Based in York or London.

Salary: £ 41,040 (£45,144 with London Weighting). Closing date: 12 noon on 26 November 2018.  Interviews date: 6 and 7 December 2018.

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Student Recruitment Officer (Regional), External Relations, Solent University

As part of the UK Student Recruitment team, you will have responsibility for raising the profile of the University primarily in the regions you are responsible for, residing in and travelling within these markets and representing the University to include; assisting academic staff with visits to markets, developing, managing and monitoring relationships with feeder schools and colleges within the region, attending a range of higher education recruitment events, informing and advising students on the University’s portfolio, recognising partnership opportunities, preparing regional strategies with focussed operational plans and managing budgets.
The post holder will be responsible for leading on all aspects of student recruitment and operating to regional targets with the main objective of increasing applications and enrolments to the University, as well as building effective relationships with schools, colleges and other education providers and employers to contribute to our recruitment, growth and reputation strategies.  The post will cover North London and the East of England and the post holder will be expected to live in the region and work remotely.
Qualified to degree level (or equivalent) The successful candidate will be highly motivated and innovative in their approach to student recruitment, possessing  excellent communication, analytical and presentation skills  combined with high levels of numeracy and report writing skills (market profiles, research and strategy).  Experience of developing effective partnerships with key stakeholders is essential as it’s the ability of organising events and producing high quality resources for educational purposes.

Full time, permanent post.  Salary: £33,199 – £38,460.  Closing Date: 28 November 2018. Interview Date: 11 December 2018.

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Head of Student Wellbeing, Student Services, Bournemouth University

Student Services staff work across the university to provide support, advice, guidance and opportunities to staff and students on a wide range of topics and activities.  We now have the opportunity for an experienced and appropriately qualified mental health specialist to join the Student Services Executive team to lead our wellbeing and welfare activities, and with a particular focus on mental health.

The successful candidate will have substantial relevant experience at a senior level in a similar or related role in a fast changing and complex environment, including leading staff teams and change initiatives with those not under direct line management.  They will also need an in-depth understanding of the issues relating to student health & mental wellbeing, experience of supporting students in crisis and an ability to advise other staff on supporting students in crisis.

A detailed job description and person specification are available from our website together

For an informal discussion please contact Mandi Barron, Head of Student Services, by email at

Full time permanent post.  Salary: £50,132 to £61,618per annum with further progression opportunities. Closing Date: 29 November 2018.  Interview Date: 17 December 2018.

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