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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Outreach Officer, WP and UK Student Recruitment Team, University of Exeter

We are seeking an exceptional individual to join our team as Outreach Officer. Working within the WP and UK Student Recruitment Office, you will be helping to deliver a range of events and programmes to support student recruitment and widening participation. Responsible for building and maintaining excellent relationships with schools and colleges in key recruitment regions, you will work to attract applications from high quality students from a diverse range of backgrounds and to support the University’s widening participation agenda.

The Outreach Officer will spend a significant proportion of your role working out in schools, for example meeting with teachers and HE advisors to agree a programme of activities, or delivering workshops, recruitment and educational sessions. You will support our Easter and summer residential programmes, run events on campus, and help run CPD sessions for teachers and HE advisors. You will also be involved in developing lesson plans, workbooks and online resources and/or marketing materials. Educated to degree level and IT literate, you will demonstrate the ability to work across a range of different projects, prioritising and managing your time effectively. As a brand ambassador for the University of Exeter, you will demonstrate a commitment to excellence, professional credibility and the highest standards of customer-service. Comfortable with working autonomously, you will have the ability to work collaboratively as part of a multi-functional team. With excellent communication skills, you will be confident in working with groups of pupils from various age groups, building relationships with teaching staff, and presenting to prospective students and their families. With a good knowledge of the issues surrounding progression to higher education, you will have technical competence in delivering information across different channels to meet a variety of communication objectives and/or learning styles.

Full time permanent post. Salary: £27,511 up to £30,942. Closing date: 30 January 2020.


Hubs Officer, London National Collaborative Outreach Programme

Aimhigher London is seeking a proactive, highly motivated and organised professional to support the team in expanding and promoting outreach opportunities to schools and colleges across South London, as part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP).

Aimhigher London, together with AccessHE and Linking London, comprise the London NCOP. The Hubs Officer will support the work of the NCOP by working collaboratively with a range of partners including higher education institutions, local authorities, local enterprise partnerships, employers and third sector organisations.

To be successful in this role, you will be passionate about improving the educational opportunities of young people who have little knowledge or experience of higher-level skills.  You will also be confident in using your expertise to engage with a range of education and CEIAG professionals to progress project targets and build sustainable networks.

Full time post, fixed term until July 2021, however, the post is likely to be extended beyond this period, subject to funding. The post will be based at the Aimhigher London office, Kingston University. Salary: £33,688 pa. Closing date: 30 January 2020. Interview date: 14 February 2020.


Widening Participation Strategy and Evaluation Manager, Communications & Marketing, Managerial, Professional and Specialist Staff, Cardiff University
This is a new post, and the successful candidate will need to be a self-starter with the ability to identify and solve problems using initiative and creativity. The role forms part of the Widening Participation management team, and the postholder will provide specialist strategic, planning and analytical support for the Head of Widening Participation, as well as offering strategic oversight across student access, success and progression. Delivering leadership around our governance and evidence processes will be key to the role.
Developing and maintaining effective relationships across the university and with external partners is paramount to the success of the role, as is a knowledge of the current landscape (challenges, policies and evidence) around access, participation and success in Higher Education. The post-holder will lead developments to deliver the aims outlined in the University’s Widening Participation Strategy and Fee and Access Plans, and will work with the Head of Widening Participation and Outreach to identify best practice and additional funding streams to support the University’s wider civic mission and social mobility ambitions.
The successful candidate will need to demonstrate significant experience of working in strategy and planning: and an ability to see the ‘bigger picture’ in order to identify and draw out key issues from large volumes of data and succinctly explain and illustrate issues, identify solutions and make recommendations to senior management. Will need excellent IT skills, substantial knowledge of drawing on quantitative and qualitative methods to conduct research/evaluate interventions with significant experience of using spreadsheets and proven experience in developing new processes and procedures; as well as the ability to communicate conceptually detailed and complex information effectively and professionally with a wide range of people and tailor the delivery appropriately for different audiences, including presenting to senior management. Evidence is expected of the ability to solve expansive problems using initiative and creativity to identify and propose both practical and innovative solutions. For further information, please contact Scott McKenzie, Head of Widening Participation and Outreach, on
Full-time, fixed-term contract until December 2022. Salary: £33,797 – £40,322 per annum. Closing Date: 31 January 2020.


Feltham Futures Project ManagerHead of Widening Participation, Student Recruitment, Admissions and International Development, University of Sussex
We are seeking to appoint a new Head of Widening Participation to provide leadership of Outreach and Access focused widening participation activity. Working closely with the Director of Student Recruitment, Admissions and International Development and the University’s Access, Success and Progress Group, the post-holder will take responsibility for the management, delivery, evaluation and reporting of University WP activity and in particular the Access strand of our work.  The successful applicant will therefore have significant experience of developing and delivering widening participation policy within a Higher Education setting and will be able to demonstrate clear outcomes.  The post-holder will be expected to lead on implementation of a new delivery model of partnership working with schools and colleges and deliver our new strategy as set out in our Access and Participation Plan for 2025.  Additionally, the post-holder will work to ensure our new look pre-entry programme is appropriately branded, communicated and implemented. The candidate will be a key member of the Division of Student Recruitment leadership team.

An up to date understanding of the secondary education curriculum, qualification developments and syllabi are essential.  The successful applicant will need tact, diplomacy and excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively as well as a high level of policy acumen and experience at operating at a senior level.

The candidate will have a detailed knowledge of the OfS regulatory environment and before that, the requirements sought by OFFA, and will be an experienced widening participation practitioner, able to demonstrate a track record of delivery. The successful candidate will assist in leading the implementation of the University’s Access and Participation Plan for 2020-21, monitoring that delivery and reviewing the effectiveness of our OfS funded activity previous cycles. The candidate will be a key member of the Division of Student Recruitment leadership team.

Applicants will need a willingness to travel within the UK and work anti-social hours on occasion.  An up to date understanding of the secondary education curriculum, qualification developments and syllabi are essential. The successful applicant will need tact, diplomacy and excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate effectively.  An enhanced DBS check and driving license are required for this post.

Full-time permanent post. Salary: £51,034 to £59,135 per annum. Closing date: 3 February 2020. Expected interview date: 10th or 14th February 2020


Student Recruitment and Outreach Officer, Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester

If you’re committed to equality of opportunity, creating opportunities for students and would like to represent a world-famous university to the next generation of prospective students, then this could be the perfect opportunity for you. We need a committed and engaging presence to join our marketing and recruitment team. In this challenging and rewarding role reporting to the Associate Head of Recruitment and Widening Participation, you will lead the delivery and reporting of key student recruitment activities and/or widening participation programmes targeting under-represented groups in higher education.

The Student Recruitment and Outreach Officer will work collaboratively as one of three Student Recruitment and Outreach Officers; whilst the roles will overlap and share responsibilities, each may have a key focus on particular initiatives (broadly split by WP, UG and PG recruitment activities). Key tasks include:

  • planning, co-ordinating, delivering and reporting on a wide range of UG and PG recruitment, conversion and outreach activities, on and off-campus, including recruitment fairs, summer schools, subject enrichment activities and HE experience sessions with supporting events targeted at groups under-represented in HE
  • delivering inspiring presentations to a range of audiences, including prospective UG and PG students, parents/carers and teachers, and organising such activities as the annual Teachers’ Advisors’ Conference for partner schools and colleges, as well as internal progression events
  • implementing a thorough evaluation strategy and monitoring the effectiveness of all activities, providing quantitative and qualitative information to the Associate Head of Recruitment and WP and other senior leaders, to track performance and further develop activities and outcomes against benchmarks
  • building and developing effective relationships with staff and students within the RAU’s schools and college liaison network, whilst identifying new opportunities for collaboration, engagement and student recruitment.

Educated to degree level, you will need to demonstrate recent experience of student recruitment, widening participation or admissions ideally in a higher education environment. Also important will be excellent relationship building, presentation, organisation and project management skills, together with a flexible approach and the ability to undertake frequent travel and set up exhibition stands. You must be willing and able to deliver events across the UK and be prepared to work some weekends and evenings involving overnight stays. Maternity Cover: fixed-term full time contract to February 2021. Closing date: 9 February 2020. Interview date: Wednesday 26 February 2020.