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                            CURRENT VACANCIES

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Widening Participation Manager (Fixed Term), University of Cambridge

Applications are invited for the post of Widening Participation Manager in the Cambridge Admissions Office. The post holder will provide support for the Head of Widening Participation and Regional Collaboration, and the Director of the Cambridge Admissions Office, in undertaking research and developing proposals relating to the University’s Access and Participation Plan and the wider admissions and outreach strategy and policy which the office is responsible for, as well as providing high-level support for the department’s financial and other administration.

The postholder will be required to quickly develop a deep understanding of the University’s existing strategy, commitments, programmes and plans related to widening participation. Candidates will have strong administrative skills, and a keen interest in engaging with projects and developing policy and practice. The post does not have line management responsibility. Additional information regarding the role can be found within the further particulars. Your application should clearly set out how you meet the criteria listed in the person profile (the knowledge, skills and experience required for the role) along with relevant examples.

If you wish to make an informal enquiry about the post, please contact Tom Levinson (Head of Widening Participation and Regional Collaboration) Tom.Levinson@admin.cam.ac.uk

Full time fixed post until 31 July 2021. Salary: £28,660-£34,189. Closing date: 22 September 2019. Interview date: 2 October 2019.

 

Wessex Inspiration Network (WIN) Higher Education Advisor (Full-time), Future Students

We are looking for a creative and energetic Higher Education Advisor to work in the Salisbury area. The post holder will focus on co-ordination and development of activities and additional support for a small number of schools and Wiltshire College, Salisbury to encourage progression to higher education for students from specific postcode areas and target wards.

Line Managed by the Access and Participation Manager the post holder will also be expected to support the WIN Project Manager and the wider WIN team in the efficient management of the project particularly in supporting the delivery of a range of activities such as workshops and talks.

The WIN is one of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) consortia funded by the Office for Students (OfS) and covers Bath and North Somerset, Wiltshire and Weston-super-Mare.

Educated to first-degree level (or equivalent) you will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills along with the ability to engage with a wide variety of stakeholders including parents/carers, teachers and youth and community groups.  A positive attitude and a strong commitment to building good working relationships and developing collaborative projects within the respective clusters of schools is imperative.

It is envisaged that this post will be based in the Salisbury area and it will be expected that the successful candidate has a good understanding of the communities in the city and outlying rural areas. Applicants should have an awareness of the local barriers to higher education study. For an informal discussion regarding this role, please contact either via email or phone: Colin Mather 01225 383301 chm39@bath.ac.uk

Fixed term, full time post for 2 years. Salary: £22,417 – £26,715 per annum. Closing Date: 22 September 2019. Interview Date: 7 October 2019.

 

Wessex Inspiration Network (WIN) Higher Education Advisor (Part-time), Future Students, Bath Spa University

We are looking for a creative and energetic Higher Education Advisor (Part-time) to work in the Bath and Trowbridge areas.  The post holder will focus on co-ordination and development of activities and additional support for a small number of schools in Trowbridge and Bath College to encourage progression to higher education for students from specific postcode areas and target wards. The WIN is one of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) consortia funded by the Office for Students (OfS) and covers Bath and North Somerset, Wiltshire and Weston-super-Mare.

Educated to first-degree level (or equivalent) you will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills along with the ability to engage with a wide variety of stakeholders including parents/carers, teachers and youth and community groups. A positive attitude and a strong commitment to building good working relationships and developing collaborative projects within the respective clusters of schools is imperative. You should have an awareness of the barriers to educational progression that groups that are underrepresented in higher education might face.  Location Newton Park (regular travel in the Bath & Trowbridge area)

Line managed by the Widening Participation Manager, the post holder will also be expected to support the WIN Project Manager and the wider WIN team in the efficient management of the project particularly in supporting the delivery of a range of activities such as workshops and talks.  For an informal discussion regarding this role, please contact either via email or phone: Colin Mather 01225 383301 chm39@bath.ac.uk

Fixed term, part-time (0.5 FTE) post for 2 years. Salary: £22,417 – £26,715 per annum (£11,208 – £13,357 pro rata). Closing Date: 22 September 2019. Interview Date: 3 October 2019.

 

Academic Mentoring Officer, Kingston University

This is an exciting opportunity to coordinate the organisation, delivery, evaluation and development of our successful Academic Mentoring programme. The programme contributes to our KPIs and Access and Participation Plan and participants have up to 16% higher progression rates despite lower average tariff points. 150 level 5/6 students are recruited, trained and supported to facilitate the learning of around 1200 level 4 students in 26 courses, and we aim to expand to 30 courses this year. The programme is structured differently in each faculty, from timetabled peer assisted study sessions (PAL/PASS), buddy schemes, embedded in learning and teaching and e-mentoring.
You must have experience of working directly with students in higher education and relevant professional experience of academic mentoring. A relevant teaching qualification is desirable. The successful candidate will have excellent project management, communication and teamwork skills, be highly motivated and able to use their initiative to solve problems.

For informal enquiries please contact Julia Millette, J.Millette@Kingston.ac.uk, Student Enrichment Manager.

Permanent, full time post. Salary: £34,295 pa. Closing date: 22 September 2019. Interview date: 3 October 2019. Further information: https://bit.ly/2kpSWkH


Evaluation & Monitoring Coordinator (Widening Participation), Admissions and Data Services Team, University of Cambridge

The post, located in the Cambridge Admissions Office, deals with incoming admissions enquiries; receives and processes undergraduate applications; liaises closely with the Cambridge Colleges, UCAS and Awarding Bodies to ensure high quality service delivery. Reporting to the Research Analyst (Widening Participation, Evaluation and Monitoring), the post holder will contribute towards the evaluation of outreach and widening participation activity across the Collegiate University, and work closely with a variety of stakeholders and practitioners.

The Evaluation and Monitoring Coordinator post will be responsible for coordinating the University’s usage of the Higher Education Access Tracker (HEAT), including training members of staff, liaising with the HEAT central team, and administrating the University’s HEAT database. They will be responsible for running reports, generating and reporting engagement statistics, and feeding these into the University’s evaluation framework. As part of the wider research and evaluation team within ADS, the post holder will also be responsible for sourcing, cleansing and collating a wide range of qualitative and quantitative data from multiple sources (both internally and externally) and will provide support to the Research Analyst (Widening Participation, Evaluation and Monitoring). They will ensure a continual and consistent data stream into databases for reporting purposes and ensure that this data is of sufficiently high quality to facilitate tracking, evaluation and monitoring of outreach and widening participation activity. They will ensure that all data is stored appropriately at all times in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the UK Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018).

Applicants should be educated to at least first degree level (or equivalent) or have significant relevant work experience. The successful applicant will have excellent organisational, communication, administrative, and IT skills as well as experience of working within an office environment. Experience of working with databases and large datasets is desirable. The post holder will work as part of a strong team whilst prioritising and planning their individual workload in order to meet deadlines.

Full time post. Salary: £26,243-£30,395. Closing date: 22 September 2019. Interview date: 30 September 2019.

 

Senior School & College Progression & Engagement Co-ordinator

As the Senior School & College Progression & Engagement Co-ordinator, you will oversee a team of three people working across the Group, working to raise the aspirations and attainments of young people and adults from disadvantaged backgrounds who are currently under represented in higher education.

You will be passionate about progression opportunities for our young people. Experience of developing and delivering widening participation and aspiration activities is essential, as is experience of managing or supervising a team.

This NCOP Coordinator with the Sussex Learning  Network will deliver on NCOP targets and projects within the Chichester college group  The Chichester College Group is committed to widening participation and aims to strengthen partnerships between its colleges with schools, universities and private training providers.

For further information contact Lucy Jenks, l.jenks@brighton.ac.uk

This post is full time, fixed term for two years. Location: Chichester & Worthing. Salary: £30,087 – £32,882 per annum. Closing date: 26 September 2019. Interview date: 10 October 2019.

Mature Student Officer, Recruitment & Outreach Department, University of East Anglia
We are seeking a self-motivated and flexible team player with excellent interpersonal skills to deliver our developing Mature Student Outreach programme. They will focus on the organisation, administration and delivery of outreach initiatives for mature students considering a return to HE study. In addition, the role will take on a whole student lifecycle approach, supporting mature applicants once they start at UEA to stay on their course and succeed through to graduation and beyond.
Candidates for this role should have: the ability to deliver engaging presentations and to work with people from different backgrounds; excellent project management skills including event organisation and delivery; the ability to manage relationships with multiple stakeholders to a high standard; a keen interest in widening access to Higher Education.

Full time permanent post. £26,243 – £32,236 per annum. Closing Date: 26 September 2019.

Further information: https://bit.ly/2lGZo76

 

Head of Outreach Development, Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach, University of Oxford
Applications are invited for the post of Head of Outreach Development within the department of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach. The postholder will lead the Outreach Development team, which will develop and build the content, assets, communication tools and platforms for delivery of outreach interventions and programmes. These will be a combination of digital and face-to-face working.

Further responsibilities will include the recommendation of improvements to present outreach events, both face-to-face and digital, by reviewing and evaluating existing programmes and appraising new ideas and programme updates.

The Head of Outreach Development will need to have in depth knowledge of the creation of assets for digital and face-to-face outreach programmes and for different audiences, e.g. under-represented student groups, teachers and parents.

The Head of Outreach Development will be an experienced professional with the ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.

Two year fixed-term contract. Salary: £41,526 – £49,553 p.a. Closing date: 12.00 noon on 26 September 2019. Interview date w/c Monday 14 October 2019.

Director of Widening Participation and Social Mobility, University of Southampton

The Director of Widening Participation & Social Mobility is a newly created strategic post responsible for a wide and varied remit of widening access and student success. The role has been designed to establish the University of Southampton as a sector leader, cultivating a progressive relationship with the Office for Students’ Directorate of Fair Access, and for meeting the civic responsibilities of a large university. The role is critical to providing an enhanced student experience by designing and delivering services that meet the needs of those underrepresented in higher education. Through the leadership of four major teams that deliver actions across the student lifecycle, the role holder will have direct responsibility for the on-going development, delivery, and monitoring of the Widening Participation Strategies and the Access and Participation Plan. This will help to ensure the university delivers exciting widening participation and social mobility strategies that change current and prospective students’ lives.

You will have significant and wide-ranging knowledge of the widening participation landscape and cultural and cross-cultural sensitivity and understanding. Your track record of leading teams is underpinned by the ability to deliver results in a rapidly changing area. You will possess excellent influencing skills and will be motivated by the widening access and social mobility agenda. With a leadership background amassed in a large and complex academic organisation, your extensive knowledge of the post-16 educational landscape will be global. For an informal discussion on the role please contact Gin Bhandal on 0121 654 5932.

Full time post. Salary: competitive with attractive benefits. Closing date: 27 September 2019 at 12pm midday.

 

Student Enrichment Projects Officer Kingston University

This is an exciting opportunity to coordinate the planning and delivery of KUextra, Kingston’s new online portal for staff to let students know about extra-curricular activities, events and opportunities. KUextra contributes to the university’s KPIs and Access and Participation Plan.
You must have experience of student extra-curricular initiatives within a higher education context. The successful candidate will have excellent project management, communication and teamwork skills, be highly motivated and able to use their initiative to solve problems. Knowledge of CRM systems, particularly MS Dynamics desirable. For informal enquiries please contact Julia Millette, J.Millette@Kingston.ac.uk, Student Enrichment Manager.

Permanent, part time post. Salary: £20,577 per annum (60% pro rata to £34,295 per annum). Closing date: 29 September 2019. Interview date: 10 October 2019. Further information:

https://bit.ly/2lJTMbX


Pro Vice-Chancellor (Access & Widening Participation), University College Birmingham

The University College has created a new and exciting role on the Executive Management Team of the University. You will design, implement and strategically lead on measures to monitor and assess student performance, effectively addressing any areas of underperformance to ensure that every student can thrive, regardless of their background. You will drive the implementation of our Office for Students Access and Participation Plan, embedding initiatives in everything that we do. These will continue to eliminate gaps in non-continuation between the most and least represented groups and those from less well-off backgrounds, reduce the gap in degree outcomes between white and black students, ensure equal progression to high paid careers, and parity of achievement for disabled and non-disabled students. You will ensure that our teaching and support community are fully supported in their efforts and that we serve as an exemplar for others to follow.

The Pro Vice Chancellor (Access and Widening Participation) will have a strong teaching and learning academic profile, with executive and Board level experience and possess significant understanding of post-16 education and training with authoritative knowledge and an impressive track record of successful strategic and ‘hands-on’ implementation of initiatives in the area of Access and Participation. A practical and purposeful leader, you will have a thorough understanding and experience of working with related data and metrics and how these can be used to inform the need for improvements, linking closely to the TEF assessment. The university is a proud holder of TEF Silver but with strong ambition to achieve TEF Gold and you will support all staff in their aspiration to achieve this.

Informal enquiries are welcome through the Vice Chancellor & Principal, arranged through appointment via Nicola Baker on 0121 232 4034 or n.baker@ucb.ac.uk

The University Executive Management Team is currently under-represented with both females and staff from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. Applications are particularly encouraged from females and those applicants from a black and minority ethnic background. All applications will be assessed strictly in adherence with the person specification, experience, qualifications, skills and abilities required for the respective role.

A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered together with Teachers or Local Government pension scheme enrolment as appropriate, generous holiday entitlement and private medical insurance. Closing date: noon, 30 September 2019.

First stage interviews: 29 or 30 October 2019. Final stage interviews: either 6/7 or 7/8 November 2019

Application method: CV and covering letter submitted to n.baker@ucb.ac.uk

 

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Curriculum & Student Experience), University College Birmingham

You will assume full responsibility for all teaching and learning activities across the University at Further and Higher Education as well as a growing apprenticeship offer. In strategically and operationally leading the range of academic and support teams, you will seek to further build upon a successful curriculum offer but to innovate extensively in driving forward a new and refreshed curriculum offer. This will be showcased within a new teaching and learning strategy, to include an exciting new range of delivery methods.  In doing so, you will fully engage with staff, ensuring their involvement in and ownership of the University’s next stage of academic development.

The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Curriculum and Student Experience) will have oversight of and ensure a highly imaginative new curriculum, supported by a rigorous and representative Academic Board and subcommittees.

Quality of curriculum, teaching and learning delivery, the student experience and employability will be the key focus of your work with the support of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Quality & Estates) as the university strives for the highest possible levels of internally and external measured quality assessment.

You will have a thorough understanding and experience of working with related data and metrics and how these can be used to inform the need for improvements, linking closely to the TEF and new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework assessments. The university is a proud holder of TEF Silver but with a very strong ambition to achieve TEF Gold, return to Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ status and you will support all staff in their aspiration to achieve this on behalf of our wide and diverse student community.

You will have a very strong strategic and operational understanding of changing strategies within the Further & Higher education, apprenticeships and international student recruitment markets, coupled with an astute strategic grasp of developing government and regulatory policies and their potential impact. This is a very exciting role for someone with a strong academic career, supported with senior leadership experience and a track record in delivery of curriculum innovation and growth. This should be underpinned by the highest levels of quality and a demonstrable passion for student experience in a diverse and inclusive teaching and learning university aligned to our values and mission.

Informal enquiries are welcome through the Vice Chancellor & Principal, arranged through appointment via Nicola Baker on 0121 232 4034 or n.baker@ucb.ac.uk

The University Executive Management Team is currently under-represented with both females and staff from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. Applications are particularly encouraged from females and those applicants from a black and minority ethnic background. All applications will be assessed strictly in adherence with the person specification, experience, qualifications, skills and abilities required for the respective role.

A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered together with Teachers or Local Government pension scheme enrolment as appropriate, generous holiday entitlement and private medical insurance.

Closing date: noon, 30 September 2019. First stage interviews: 29 or 30 October 2019.

Final stage interviews: either 6/7 or 7/8 November 2019

Application method: CV and covering letter submitted to n.baker@ucb.ac.uk

 

Outreach Development Officer (Study Higher), Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach, Oxford University

The Outreach Development Officer will be responsible for developing a range of activities and projects relating to Study Higher, providing programme support to the Outreach Development Team including the Outreach Development Coordinators and the Heads of Outreach Development and Outreach Solutions. The Outreach Development Team role is suitable for a hardworking and conscientious officer who can contribute to the success of the outreach teams. This would be an excellent opportunity for applicants wishing to further develop their skills and knowledge in higher education outreach work.

The team develops and supports a variety of outreach projects, focusing on and working towards the University’s Access Targets and other strategic priorities relating to access and admissions at the University of Oxford and within the wider higher education context.

The Study Higher partnership comprises of four institutions: the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, the University of Reading and Bucks New University. Study Higher provides outreach in specific, local areas where higher education (HE) 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.

Salary: £29,176 – £34,804 p.a. Closing date: 12.00 noon, 2 October 2019. Interviews date: w/c Monday 21 October 2019.

 

London NCOP Project Manager, Widening Participation, Kingston University

The London NCOP Project Manager will have project management responsibility for the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) in London on behalf of Kingston University, the lead higher education provider for the London NCOP partnership. This will involve managing relationships and communications across the partnership, collating and submitting reports and ensuring partnership contracts, agreements and governance arrangements are complied with. The project manager will be the primary point of contact for the London NCOP partners and the Office for Students.

The role will work across Kingston University sites as required and is based within the Education Liaison & Outreach team, but will involve regular travel and meetings with London NCOP partners at locations across Greater London. The successful candidate will join a supportive and enthusiastic team and will be supported in their professional development.

You must have a graduate or equivalent background, with strong experience of project management. Knowledge of the UK education & higher education landscape is essential, in particular in the area of access and participation of underrepresented students. You will have excellent organisational, financial and communication skills, with the ability to manage complex relationships at all levels and to hold staff accountable for high-level performance. The ideal candidate will have experience of developing and delivering policy in a Higher Education setting and responding to regulatory guidance. If you require further information about this role, please contact Timothy Dhir, Education Liaison and Outreach Manager, T.Dhir@kingston.ac.uk

Full-time, fixed term role until 31 July 2020, with probable extension to 31 July 2021 subject to confirmation of funds from the OfS. Salary: £43,955 – £51,982 per annum. Closing date: 8 October 2019. Interview date: 17 October 2019.