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

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National Head of Online Learning, The Education and Training Foundation, Victoria, London

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) helps ensure that the Further Education and Training sector develops world class leaders, teachers and trainers. We work across the whole FE sector and are funded by Government grant, commercial contracts, professional membership (The Society for Education and Trainng – SET) and accreditation fees and a variety of other business activities.

We are now looking to appoint a National Head of Online Learning who will be the be the policy lead and ETF expert on the area, building and maintaining relationships with relevant stakeholders, negotiating grant, providing expertise into bidding and leading on design work for the area. The role will report into the Director of Curriculum and will be responsible for being the ETF expert in Online Learning. They will use their expertise and knowledge to identify and develop high quality online learning resources across various elements of ETF provision.

The successful candidate for National Head of Online Learning will be:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Clearly able to demonstrate expertise in Online Learning
  • Experience of curriculum design
  • Ability to work with a wide range of external stakeholders to design and build professional development programmes
  • Ability to demonstrate strong understanding, knowledge and experience of what makes professional development in an education and training environment effective
  • Highly self-motivated and proactive, with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience of working with credibility across the Further Education and Training Sector and/or with government officials and departments
  • A creative thinker with strong problem-solving skills

Permanent full time post. Salary: £55,000 – £65,000 per annum. Closing Date: 2 March 2020


Head of UK/EU Student Recruitment and Widening Participation, Goldsmiths University of London

This is a key role within Goldsmiths, leading a high-performing team to deliver our recruitment and widening participation goals The Head of UK/EU Student Recruitment and Widening Participation will have responsibility for a broad portfolio of priorities including working closely with academic departments to reach our recruitment targets, pre-entry activity in support of our Access and Participation Plan, development of our school and college network and the identification of future recruitment opportunities.

The Head of UK/EU Recruitment and Widening Participation will also work closely with the Director of Student Recruitment and other members of the Student Recruitment Leadership Group to collaborate on achieving our shared objectives The candidate will combine significant experience in student recruitment and widening participation, with an in-depth knowledge of current issues across the education sector and a track record of successfully leading teams to achieve stretching targets. Informal enquiries may be made to James Ringer, Director of Student Recruitment,

Full time permanent post, part time considered. Salary: £46,253.72 – £53,013.61. Closing Date: 4 March 2020.


Student Success & Progression Post Doctoral Research Assistant, Oxford Brookes University

A great opportunity for someone with an interest in using research and evaluation to support the positive student outcomes of students here at Oxford Brookes University. The successful candidate will focus on students from Widening Participation backgrounds, e.g. Black and Asian students, care leavers, estranged students, those who are from areas of the country where few progress to university, disabilities etc. They will plan, carry out and report on a range of evaluations and research studies which focus on Oxford Brookes University initiatives (e.g. peer assisted learning, pedagogical developments, student bursaries).

The successful candidate will be a member of the Widening Participation Evaluation Team, a dynamic, friendly and supportive team with a strong commitment to using evidence to inform practice. The applicant will ideally have a background in a social sciences subject (e.g. education), psychology or research methods. The successful candidate will work closely with the Pro-VC and Associate Dean for Student Outcomes in order to ensure all research and evaluation is applicable to practice and embedded in the wider University agenda around supporting all students to succeed. They will be required to work with a wide range of academics and professional services staff from across the university, offering excellent networking opportunities.

You will have opportunities to publish/co-publish and attend relevant research events. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone at an early stage in their research career to gain valuable experience, publications and contacts whilst generating research insights which will inform and shape university practices and ultimately support positive student outcomes. If you would like further details about this role, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr Samantha Child, Evaluation Manager,

Fixed term post for two years, full time or part-time (minimum 0.6 fte). Salary: £27,511 rising annually to £30,046. Closing date: 9 March 2020. Interview date: 7 April 2020.