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
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  • Electronic newsletters
  • Events listings
  • Vacancy service
  • Monthly WP and access eBulletin
  • Plus information, news and views of key reports

 

                            CURRENT VACANCIES

Please let  the institutions and organisations you apply to know that you saw this vacancy on the Action on Access website.

Impact and Evaluation Officer, University of East London

The Impact and Evaluation Support Officer will support the Impact Evaluation Manager in the development and delivery of the evaluation work. The Impact and Evaluation Support Officer will be based at the Docklands campus  Centre for Student success and will support the collection and collation of data related to student access, engagement, student progression and success (both academic and employment related), and support in the undertaking of analysis to inform us of the evidence and impact of the OfS Access funding.

The successful candidate will have a degree in a relevant subject area with experience of research and managing and analysing data. Good communication and interpersonal skills will be essential for the role.

Full time fixed term post for 24 months. Salary: £34,636 per annum inclusive of London Weighting. Closing date: 17 November 2019

 

EMWPREP Evaluation Officer, the East Midlands Widening Participation Research and Evaluation Partnership (EMWPREP), based at Loughborough University.

This post will support and assist EMWPREP partners, in conducting evaluation fieldwork, processing data, and monitoring and evaluating, widening participation activities, to ensure their activities and decision-making are continually evidence informed. The Evaluation Officer will be responsible for providing a bespoke evaluation service tailored to meet the varying needs of each partner. They will be required to ensure a cohesive and robust evaluation strategy is employed to deliver high quality evidence led reports.
Full time post, fixed term to 31 July 2020. Salary: ££25,217 to £30,046 per annum. Closing date: 17 November 2019.

 

Outreach & Student Recruitment Officer, University of Gloucestershire

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and creative Outreach and Student Recruitment Officers to join our busy team, to assist in meeting our widening participation and recruitment targets.  These will be subject specific post to support our academic school of Natural and Social Sciences and Health and Social Care.

We are looking for someone that is able to create, organise and deliver stimulating and informative sessions to a variety of school age ranges and other potential applicants. Previous experience of organising and delivering residential activity is desirable. The post holder should be motivated, enthusiastic about higher education, with the ability to draw on their own experiences and be flexible to work across the wider department and regular out of office hours.

The post holder will be required to work in a team and independently but also be expected to lead student ambassadors. Excellent organisation and event management skills are essential and frequent travel to partners and other institutions regionally and nationally is required, with the need to transport heavy materials. Based at the Pittville campus.

The Outreach, Student Recruitment and Widening Participation team works closely with prospective students, teachers, advisers and parents in highlighting higher education (HE) as a progression route.  A range of activities and events are delivered to raise awareness of and aspiration to HE, as well as activities to highlight the University of Gloucestershire as a potential choice institution.

Salary: £27,511 – £32,817 per annum. Closing date: 17 November 2019. Interview date: 29 November 2019.

 

Recruitment and Outreach Coordinators, University of the West of England

As a Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator, you will be responsible for coordinating the delivery of a range of student recruitment and outreach events and activities, including but not limited to: undergraduate and postgraduate open days; offer holder days, selection events, taster days, student conferences, campus visits etc.

As part of this role you will also support the recruitment and training of student ambassadors and supervise ambassadors at events. You will be able to demonstrate excellent planning, organisation, and communication skills and be able to work collaboratively with professional and academic colleagues across the institution to ensure events and activities are delivered in line with recruitment strategies and plans. You will demonstrate a positive, proactive and customer focused approach to deliver an excellent enquirer and applicant experience in all recruitment and outreach events and activities.

The Recruitment and Outreach Department are responsible for the planning, implementation and delivery of a range of events and activities to ensure the University meets its domestic student recruitment targets. We also contribute towards University widening participation targets through a range of outreach activities. The team are currently looking for 2 candidates to work on a full-time, fixed-term basis.

If you would like an informal discussion, please contact Karen Rickards on 0117 328 1378 or email Karen.Rickards@uwe.ac.uk or Lucy Gardner on 0117 328 4128 or email Lucy.Gardner@uwe.ac.uk.

One post is fixed-term post until 31 July 2021 and full-time working, while the other post is fixed-term for 12 months and full-time working. The posts are available on a job share basis for applicants wishing to work part time.

Salary: £26,715 – £30,046 per annum. Closing date: 17 November 2019. Interviews dates:28 or 29 November.

 

WP & Outreach Co-ordinator (NCOP), Recruitment Communications and Marketing, Sheffield Hallam University

In this role, based within the Widening Participation and Outreach team at the University, you will work with a range of stakeholders to co-ordinate, develop and deliver new and existing effective and engaging activities that will encourage and support the progression of under-represented groups to higher education.

An effective communicator and presenter, you will be confident in engaging young people and their influencers in the opportunities offered by higher education. You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the higher education sector, and share a commitment to a supporting the progression of under-represented groups in education. As a customer focused and organised individual, you should also have experience of co-ordinating the delivery of multiple projects and events and building/maintaining relationships to deliver project objectives.

Sheffield Hallam is part of the Higher Education Progression Partnership (HEPP), working together with The University of Sheffield and local Further Education colleges offering Higher Education. HEPP has recently been awarded HEFCE funding to lead the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) within South Yorkshire.

This job involves working with or having regular contact with children and/or vulnerable adults. You will also be able and willing to work occasional evenings and are able to travel to different destinations as required. All employers are required to access the criminal records of people seeking to work with children and/or vulnerable adults. This is referred to as a DBS check and is obtained from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

For this job we particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates who are underrepresented in our Professional Services jobs at Sheffield Hallam. For more information contact Kendra Argile 0114 225 6919.

Full time fixed term post to 31 July 2021. Salary: £23,067 to £26,715 pa. Closing date: 17 November 2019.

 

WP and Outreach Officer, (NCOP), Recruitment Communications and Marketing, Sheffield Hallam University

In this role, based within the Widening Participation and Outreach team at the University, you will support the coordination and delivery of collaborative activity to support progression into Higher Education.

An excellent communicator, you should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the Higher Education sector, and share a commitment to supporting the progression of under-represented groups in education. As a point of contact for schools, colleges and partner organisations you will be customer focused and organised to support the delivery of shared aims and objectives. The ability to work across teams to deliver shared objectives is key, as you will ensure consistency in administrative processes that support delivery and evaluation of activities. Experience of working with and understanding data is essential, alongside knowledge of Microsoft Office dealing with both written and numerical information. You will also be able and willing to work occasional evenings and are able to travel to different destinations as required.

For more information contact Jenny Lawton-Hunt 0114 225 2130. For this job we particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates who are underrepresented in our Professional Services jobs at Sheffield Hallam.

Sheffield Hallam is part of the Higher Education Progression Partnership (HEPP), working together with The University of Sheffield and local Further Education colleges offering Higher Education. HEPP has recently been awarded HEFCE funding to lead the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) within South Yorkshire.

Full time, fixed term post to 31 July 2021. Salary: £19,612 to £22,417 pa. Closing date: 17 November 2019.

 

Student Recruitment Co-ordinator, University of Newcastle

You will be responsible for the co-ordination and delivery of a range of activities, services and marketing materials as part of the University’s Student Recruitment and Marketing Strategy and Access and Participation Plan to encourage the recruitment and conversion to the University of high quality undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds. The Student Recruitment Co-ordinator will deliver outreach and recruitment activities in schools and colleges across the UK, as long as on campus, and will lead the planning and delivery of recruitment events and development of presentations and activities. You will be under the guidance of the Student Recruitment Manager, and lead the development and delivery of high quality events and activities for target schools and colleges

You should have a degree, or equivalent, and preferably an awareness of the issues affecting the progression of students from widening participation cohorts entering Higher Education.  You should also have experience of event planning, organisation, management and delivery for our target audiences together with an understanding of how to enthuse young people. You should possess outstanding organisational, communication and presentation skills with exceptional attention to detail and a commitment to high quality delivery.

The university is looking for an awareness of the UCAS application system and recruitment and admission cycle for university student, of external factors and policy drivers affecting the HE Sector, and with direct experience of the UK school, HE system and working with and enthusing young people about Higher Education. You should have an awareness and understanding of the issues affecting the progression of students from widening participation cohorts entering Higher Education. Full time, open ended, this post is available from mid-December/early January.

Salary: £25,941 – £33,797 per annum. Closing Date: 18 November 2019.

 

Widening Participation Officer (Languages & Communities), SOAS

The Widening Participation Officer (Languages & Communities) role will contribute to the delivery and success of the access and community engagement programme in line with SOAS’ Access targets. The post holder will be responsible for creating, organising and supporting enrichment activities designed to raise awareness about the opportunities and benefits to study a range of subjects including languages and culture related disciplines, and to support the progression and success of students from a variety of backgrounds into university and employment. This WP Officer role will also have responsibility for supporting and delivering activities for Capital L- the London consortium of Routes into Languages.

You will have experience of studying languages at higher education level; of organising events and working with people from a variety of ages and backgrounds. You will be an excellent communicator, with an excellent record of collaborative teamwork. You will be creative and have demonstrable problem-solving skills. You will have an appreciation of the barriers in accessing higher education faced by students from underrepresented backgrounds and you will have an understanding of the value of systematic evaluation.

For an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Renata Albuquerque, ra40@soas.ac.uk or 020 7898 4745.

Fixed-term until 30 September 2021 in the first instance. Job share /Part time (17.5 hours per week – 0.5 FTE). Salary: £26,715 to £35,844 (pro rata) per annum inclusive of London Weighting. Closing date: 21 November 2019.

 

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 2 years. The post will be based at the Aimhigher London office, Kingston University. Salary: £33,688 pa. Closing date: 29 November 2019. Interview date: 12 December 2019.

Access Officer, Birkbeck, University of London

This role will be based within Access and Engagement, at the forefront of supporting the College’s outreach, access, retention and success agendas. The core function of the role is the planning, co-ordinating and delivery of the College’s work to support students to transition successfully into their first term. As the Access Officer (Transition and Success) you will act as the pivot point between Access & Engagement and cross-college initiatives to support the transition, continuation and success of our students, developing work that responds directly to the College’s Access and Participation Plan.

Through this, you will foster excellent working relationships with internal academic staff and your colleagues within the department to organise activities and events for a wide range of non-traditional Birkbeck students. You will work with the Head of Access to ensure that interventions and initiatives are programme relevant and supported by the academic schools and departments. You will work in collaboration with academic, learning development and digital education colleagues to provide high quality resources to be delivered through a combination of distance and on campus, face to face delivery and interaction.

In order to be successful in this role you will be passionate about education and committed to providing excellent levels of service. You will hold a strong understanding of the barriers and challenges different groups of students face when starting university, and will be able to work with colleagues to design appropriate support. While not essential, experience of teaching or providing academic skills and support in a university or college environment is highly desirable. Teaching and learning experience within an FE or adult education college setting, and the ability to demonstrate how this is relevant and transferable would be highly desirable in a candidate.

If you would like to know more about the role please contact Camilla Mount, Head of Access, via c.mount@bbk.ac.uk or 020 3926 3085.

Full time, open ended post. Salary: £29,732 rising to £33,836, including London Weighting. Closing date: 1 December 2019.