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


                            CURRENT VACANCIES

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Student Transition Adviser, University of Cumbria

We have a vacancy in our Student Success Team, within Student Support Services, for a motivated individual who is experienced in working with diverse students to support their transition into university. The Student Transition Adviser (STA) provides bespoke support for foundation year students. As their named adviser, you will work closely with students and their tutors to prepare them for undergraduate level study, equip them with the skills to be independent learners to enable them to succeed and thrive during their studies and beyond.

You will be a designated point of contact for level 3 students to access friendly and professional help, advice and guidance helping them to acclimatise to, and navigate, the academic environment, policies and expectations, advising them on approaches and strategies for effective study, academic writing and numeracy skills. Sessions are timetabled and delivered in groups, with follow up individual and group support. There is an expectation that the role is also involved in wider student support events and initiatives across the university, and will contribute to the ongoing evaluation of the programme and the support provided.

The Integrated Foundation Year Level 3 is a successful, flagship programme that provides an alternative route into higher education for students with non-traditional qualifications or who have taken a break from learning. It is about to enter its fifth year and is celebrating the graduation of its first cohort of level 3 students who are graduating this summer.

Now is a very exciting time to be joining us because we are delivering a new strategic plan focused on making the most of our three most valuable assets; People, Place and Partnerships, to become a catalyst for economic well-being for our region, nationally and internationally.

The University has a long-standing tradition of attracting and supporting students with non-traditional qualifications from diverse backgrounds, equipping them with academic, professional and life skills, and enabling them to succeed and thrive in higher education (HE) and their wider lives. Informal enquiries: Nadine Baxter-Smallwood, Student Transition Manager, 01524 385470

Fixed Term post until 31 July 2020. 0.8 fte (annualised hours), Lancaster Campus (with some travel to Carlisle), Starting Salary: £26,243 (pro rata) with incremental progression up to £32,236 (pro rata). Closing date: 21 July 2019. Expected Interview Date: 2 August 2019 at Lancaster Campus TBC.


Director, National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL)

We are seeking someone who shares our passion for making a difference to the lives of care experienced young people and who preferably has experience setting up a new company or charity. You will be joining NNECL at a very exciting time as we transition from a network hosted by the University of Winchester to a fully independent charitable organisation. This is a pivotal moment and we are looking for a candidate with the experience and expertise to establish NNECL as an independent nationally recognised body and to set up a new operational base for the charity. This post attracts a competitive salary.

Closing date: 22 July 2019.  Interview date: 2 August 2019.


Graduate Advisor, Greater Manchester Higher

An exciting opportunity has arisen to support widening participation and outreach for learners in Greater Manchester with the goal of increasing participation of students from disadvantaged backgrounds into Higher Education.

The Graduate Adviser role will provide first-level information, advice and guidance to target school/college learners, teachers and parents in relation to the benefits of Higher Education, delivering presentations and workshops at events within local schools /colleges and other locations.

To support target learners in schools and colleges to raise increase their awareness of and readiness for Higher Education

To be a role model for pupils in the area, advocating the benefits of Higher Education

To liaise with staff in target schools and colleges to increase their engagement in and awareness of the GM Higher programme

Location: Pendleton Sixth Form College. Full time, fixed term contract until July 2012. Salary: Starting salary £19,770 to £22,715 per annum. Closing date: 22 July 2019. Interview date: 5 August 2019.


Lead Partnerships Officer, University of East London

An opportunity to join a vibrant team of outreach and widening participation officers to deliver activities and programmes to east London students, including care leavers. University of East London Outreach and Access team is seeking a Lead Partnership Officer on a year long maternity post.

The Lead Partnerships Officer will work with schools, colleges and training providers to develop partnerships and deliver projects and events, including the summer school series and working with care leavers, that promote HE progression to students, staff, parents and other stakeholders and which enable students to develop their skills and understanding of HE, to make informed choices about further study and to prepare for successful transition to university.

You will have experience of developing partnerships with schools, colleges and training providers; and experience of developing and delivering outreach projects and presentations for young people, as well as knowledge of widening participation and the barriers that prevent people from progressing to higher education.

Full time, fixed term (14 months) post. Salary: £32,024 incl London weighting. Closing Date: 24 July 2019. Interview Date: 31 July 2019