The National Co-ordination Team for Widening Participation and Access to Higher Education

Resources (and 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 includes a specific resource for those working to support disabled learners – ‘tagdisability’. Most are free to download or view on our website:

  • Reports
  • Briefings
  • Electronic newsletters
  • Events listings
  • Vacancy service
  • tagdisability
  • Plus information, news and views of key reports, publication, events and conferences on access, participation and student success published by others.
  • AonA 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 applications, to aid the continuing publication of this free bulletin.)


Careers and Employability Consultant (Quality and Development), Academic Services, Careers and Employability Services, Open University

The delivery of careers and employability services at The Open University has been confirmed as a strategic priority for the University and is receiving significant additional investment. Our students’ circumstances vary widely including those in prison, with caring responsibilities, from widening participation backgrounds and with disabilities. We support students at every career stage.

This is a unique opportunity to lead the development and implementation of new quality assurance standards and procedures for both our one-to-one and one-to-many services. You will also coordinate training and development support for staff within our expanding service. There will also be opportunities to stretch your online delivery skills, as you will support the planning and delivery of our innovative services including online forums and webinars.

You will have a first degree, a professional careers qualification, or equivalent, and proven experience in delivering careers advice and guidance preferably within higher education and through online media, and experience of relevant quality assurance processes. As part of Careers and Employability Services you need to be able to adapt rapidly to change, show initiative and solve problems creatively. An understanding of the needs of adult or distance learners is an advantage.

In 2016 LAE secured outstanding A level results. 86% of A level grades were A*, A or B and half of all grades were A* or A. The school is heavily oversubscribed with more than 2500 applications each year. This year, a record-breaking 20 sixth formers have secured offers from Oxford and Cambridge universities. LAE is located in the heart of Stratford, close to the Olympic Park and just two minutes from Stratford station (now zone 2/3), with excellent links to all parts of London.

Salary: £32,004 to £38,183 (dependant on experience). Closing Date: noon 25 May, 2017. Interview date: 15 June 2017

Further information:


Participation Officer, The National Deaf Children’s Society, London

The National Deaf Children’s Society is the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people. Are you passionate about young people’s participation? Have you already made a significant impact elsewhere? Do you have the energy and enthusiasm to make a real difference to the lives of deaf children and young people 8-18 years? If so we would like to hear from you.

We are looking for a creative individual who will actively engage and support deaf children and young people to ensure that all of our activity is influenced by their views and experiences. Candidates will need substantial experience of working with children and young people and a strong commitment to upholding their needs and rights. This post will be responsible for supporting our Young People’s Advisory Board and work experience programme. Travel throughout the UK will be required.

Salary: £27,302 – £31,899 per annum. Permanent full time post. Closing date: 9am 1 June 2017. Interview date: 14 June or 15 June 2017. Further information:


Director of External Relations & Widening Participation

The London Academy of Excellence (LAE) is seeking to appoint a Head of External Relations and Widening Participation. This is a key role within LAE and the successful applicant will report directly to the Head Master and be a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

LAE has social mobility at the heart of its purpose. Successful applicants must be prepared to reach into areas so far unexplored to find students who will benefit from the education LAE offers. We are eager to reach out to all and any disadvantaged sixth formers across East London and ensure that they have the opportunity to study academic A levels and progress on to a top university.

The role involves developing a clear and impactful strategy for widening participation. This may involve: Identifying groups who are in the most need; Finding strategies to support these groups well before they take their GCSEs, to ensure that they have the best chance of securing the LAE entry requirement; Liaising with teaching staff over their role in widening participation; Managing the widening participation budget

The successful applicant will also oversee all of LAE’s contact with feeder schools and play a key role in the marketing, public relations and admissions process (as detailed further in the job description). A second function of the External Relations brief is supporting the Head Master in LAE’s fundraising strategy. For more information, please contact the Head Master on 020 3301 1480 or email:

Permanent, Full time or Part time post. Closing date: 5 June 2017.

Further information:


Mature Learners Officer, London Metropolitan University

This role is about understanding and engaging with London’s workforce and potential professionals, already in their 20s, 30s or even 50s and 60s, and encouraging them to take the next step, through a London Met degree or professional qualification. They will have a complicated range of life and financial commitments, work commitments, ambition, fears, and doubts. What London Met and this role will do is turn those into motivation, individual vision, and, critically, a plan. We want these people to study, at a University that is equipped to

meet their needs, where others of their own kind also study and grow. Fulltime, fixed term post until November 2018.

Salary: £29,910 to £35,646. Closing date: Monday 5 June 2017.

Further information:


Chief Executive Officer, Union of Kingston Students

Union of Kingston Students exists to support, empower and enrich the lives of all students at Kingston University. We are a registered charity with student members elected across a range of roles to lead the organisation, supported by a team of permanent staff who are responsible for the operation and management of the union. Kingston University is a dynamic institution committed to widening participation in higher education and the students’ union works collaboratively as a critical friend to build an inclusive and broad-based environment for the 15,000+ students whose lives are transformed during their time in Kingston.

We are seeking an inspirational leader with proven success in supporting young people to positively transform their lives.

Salary: c. £50,000 per annum. Permanent full time job. Closing date: 9 am, 5 June 2017. Further information:


Participation and Outreach Coordinator (Vulnerable Groups), Professional and Business Support, Sheffield Hallam University

The Widening Participation and Outreach team at Sheffield Hallam University delivers a range of school, college and community based activity to support and encourage progression into higher education. We focus particularly on supporting those from groups under-represented at our university and in higher education more widely, including students from vulnerable groups such as care leavers, young carers and estranged students.

Using your experience in supporting the progression of young people and/or adults in education and any experience of promoting diversity, you will take a lead on our outreach targeted at those who can benefit from more intensive support to progress to higher education. This includes care-experienced young people and adults, young carers and those estranged from their families. The role will include delivering our Compact Scheme, our targeted summer school, support for teachers and advisors and higher education preparation events. You will develop and manage local authority and charity relationships, and collaborate both internally and externally to maintain and develop outreach activity.

The role offers the chance for a committed and creative person to help shape the work we do with students from non-traditional backgrounds and to play a role in inspiring and supporting these students. You will possess strong project management skills and will be working alongside colleagues and student ambassadors to deliver a range of activities and resources. Excellent communication skills and experience of working collaboratively will be essential to succeeding in the role. Salary: £21,843 to £25,298. Closing date: 8 June 2017. Further information:


Schools Liaison Officer, Girton College, Cambridge - Cambridge 

Girton College is looking to appoint a Schools Liaison Officer to join the small but busy team in the College’s Tutorial & Admissions Office. The role has specific duties relating to the organisation of College admissions and widening participation events and assisting in the development of good relationships with schools and Colleges in identified areas including the Midlands, as well as providing general administrative support within the team.

The successful candidate will have excellent communication, IT, organisational and administrative skills. They will be educated to degree level with an understanding of widening participation and knowledge of the structure and systems of higher education, further education and secondary schools. The role requires some travel outside of the Cambridge area and working outside of normal office hours when required. A satisfactory Standard DBS Check is necessary for this role (to be acquired on appointment).

We offer benefits commensurate with working for a large Cambridge University College.

Permanent full-time post. Salary: £21,605.00 to £25,023.00. Closing date: noon Monday 19 June 2017. Interviews: Tuesday 27 June 2017. Anticipated Start Date: Monday 21 August 2017. Further information: