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

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

These vacancies are still advertised and I assume, where they don’t say so, will be interviewing remotely.


Professor and Head of Department, Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Warwick

The Centre for Lifelong Learning’s (CLL) purpose is to find ways of opening up the University, its knowledge and learning opportunities to wider audiences, and plays a vital strategic role in delivering the University of Warwick Education Strategy’s commitment to alternative pathways, inclusion and widening participation.

We are looking to appoint a Head of Department to lead and continue to develop an educational portfolio to provide a suite of innovative and engaging learning opportunities that embrace the needs of all our students. In particular, they will lead the development and growth of CLL’s 2+2 programme; develop new partnerships for the Degree Apprenticeship in Social Work and ensure delivery of existing partnership arrangements; and will be expected to play a key role in delivering the University’s Widening Participation Strategy.
We are looking for someone who will champion lifelong learning. Candidates will have a demonstrable record of excellence in teaching and be nationally recognised in their own field of specialism. They will be inspirational leaders, with the ability to set the pace and tone of development in our learning and teaching as well as demonstrating a capacity for creativity and adaptability to changing circumstances and technologies. The appointed candidate will bring higher education and/or other professional experience to the role. The successful candidate will likely have experience of developing partnerships with external stakeholders, such as Further Education Colleges and local authorities.
The appointment is indefinite, but the Head of Department role is fixed term, for an initial appointment period of five years, after which the successful candidate will return to CLL as a member of academic staff.

The Head of Department is expected to consult with Faculty and staff in order to form a management group that meets the needs and ambitions of the Centre, including the formation of departmental committee structures to consider promotions, teaching and broader University strategies.

Full time, permanent position. Competitive salary. Closing date: 5 April 2020.



Project Officer (Equality and Diversity), Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex, Part time post
We are looking for a well-organised and self-motivated individual to support the Medical School in the management and co-ordination of activities in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion including the Athena SWAN Charter in relation to gender equality as well as other diversity strands such as ethnicity and disability.

The Project Officer (Equality and Diversity) will manage the work required to support the Medical School’s applications for awards under AdvanceHE Equality Charters (Athena SWAN) to ensure the school meets its strategic goal to reduce the gap in representation, experience, progression and reward between those with and without protected characteristics for staff and students. You will work closely with colleagues across both universities, being an active member of each university’s self-assessment team contributing to the university’s Athena SWAN processes and supporting colleagues in other schools.

You will provide professional advice and guidance on the Athena Swan Charter to stakeholders across the School and University at all levels and develop high-level project plans and reports at the School level. Your advice, support and guidance will be based on a deep and informed understanding of the issues facing staff in under-represented groups. You will interact with staff from diverse communities with empathy and an awareness of the issues that relate to under-represented groups.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of project management and promoting equality of opportunity within an organisation. You will have good oral and written communication skills, the ability to determine data requirements and obtain and analyse data. Knowledge of Athena SWAN, diversity requirements and staff wellbeing initiatives would be an advantage but is not essential. Please contact Peter Dennis on 01273 877864 for informal enquiries.

Permanent post. Part-time hours considered up to a maximum of 21.9 hours per week. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Salary: starting at £25,941 to £30,046 per annum, pro rata. Closing date: 6 April 2020.


Deputy Principal, New College Durham

Exciting opportunity for a Deputy Principal to join the Senior Leadership Team, working alongside our new Principal, Andy Broadbent, the person appointed will play a fundamental role in developing the vision for New College Durham and translating that through to day to day delivery to take the College on the next stage of our journey.
We are looking for an ambitious and experienced senior college manager, with a proven track record of successful academic leadership, to be responsible for the development and delivery of the curriculum offer, leading innovation and ensuring the college remains at the forefront of Post 16 Education in the UK.
The Deputy Principal will also have the skills to be a great ambassador for the College and be able to foster an environment of openness, respect and trust.

The College has a well-earned reputation for excellence, regionally, nationally and internationally. Overall success rates place us in the top 10% of all Colleges nationally for performance. The College has a turnover of £38m and is classified as financially “outstanding” by the ESFA.
Full time, permanent post. Salary: £110,000 – £115,000 pa, + Relocation allowance, Performance Related Bonus and excellent benefits. Closing date: 15 Apr 2020 12:00 noon.


Director of Change, Partnerships and Impact | Youth Endowment Fund, Central London

The Youth Endowment Fund is a charity with a £200m endowment and a mission that matters. Founded by youth charity Impetus and its partners the Early Intervention Foundation and the Social Investment Business, it exists to prevent children and young people from getting caught up in violent crime. The Youth Endowment Fund is a bold new attempt to put early intervention at the heart of efforts to tackle youth offending.

Key responsibilities of this Director level post:

  • leading on ensuring that the Youth Endowment Fund successfully makes change happen
  • Building fantastic external relationships
  • Coalition building
  • Funding partnerships
  • Overseeing our change process: For every grant round we run a change process made up of a number of stages. It is your job to ensure this process is followed and that all parts of the organisation play their part
  • Preparing for a funding round, which includes building coalitions, finding our funding partner(s), engaging young people, summarising the existing evidence, mapping power and influence.
  • Delivering the grant round, which includes selecting high quality applications, supporting and improving them and selecting the best.
  • Evaluating the outcomes, which includes finding what works and why it works.

As a senior leader in the organisation you also:

  • Build and lead your team, providing clear direction, agility, high-quality outputs and a culture where it is natural to perform well and support colleagues brilliantly.
  • Lead the organisation as a core member of the Leadership Team, setting the strategy, delivering results and building and modelling the culture that we need to succeed.

You must have this sort of experience:

  • Have built Partnerships or Coalitions
  • Developed and Delivered Strategy
  • Scaled an Initiative
  • Significantly Fundraised
  • Built and led a team and fantastic culture.

Full-time permanent post. Base salary: £80,000 – £85,000. Closing date: 20 April 2020.


Senior Widening Participation Officer, Learning and Teaching, St Mary’s University Twickenham London

This is an exciting opportunity for you to join the Widening Participation & Outreach team at St Mary’s University, Twickenham for up to 12 months (maternity cover). Based at the university’s leafy campus in Twickenham, you will report to the Widening Participation & Outreach Manager, under the Head of Widening Participation. You will also work closely with colleagues within the Centre for Teaching Excellence & Success, academic and professional staff across the university and our talented and diverse team of Student Ambassadors.
The Senior Widening Participation Officer will take responsibility for the design and delivery of St Mary’s Post-16 widening participation outreach projects, in order to help fulfil commitments within the University’s Access & Participation Plan (APP). You will also work collaboratively with external partners to deliver outreach programmes for the local NCOP (recently rebranded as Uni Connect).
You will lead on the design and organisation of a series of sustained interventions to support learners from underrepresented backgrounds, particularly those aged 16 – 18 years old. To support this, in collaboration with other colleagues, you will recruit, train and manage student mentors, who will be deployed in the classroom to serve as coaches for sustained attainment-raising projects. You will also work closely with expert colleagues in order to develop a suite of study skills sessions, subject tasters, and HE information sessions for young people.
During this time of working from home as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, the successful candidate will be expected to respond flexibly and creatively, to engage with the team remotely, design and deliver content through a variety of different technologies and media and establish and maintain meaningful relationships with a wide range of colleagues and partner institutions.
We are seeking candidates with strong relationship management skills, excellent organisation and project management skills. We are a team that works closely to achieve our overall goals, with a strong collaborative ethos. You should have experience of delivering engaging and age-appropriate content for young people. For further information about the role, please contact

Full Time Contract (to include occasional evening and weekend work). Fixed term (Maternity Cover). Salary: £30,046 per annum. (Start date: June 1st (or as soon as possible thereafter). Closing Date: 23 April 2020. Interviews in the week of 27th April and will be done remotely.


Principal Lecturer, Director of Student Participation and Success, Hertfordshire Law School, University of Hertfordshire

The Principal Lecturer will work within the Law School which teaches successful Law (LLB and LLM) and Criminology (BA) programmes in a £10m purpose-built Building on the University of Hertfordshire’s de Havilland campus, which includes a full-scale replica Crown Court Room, and state-of-the-art teaching facilities.

You will have particular responsibility for reducing non-continuation rates on all school programmes through, amongst other measures, overseeing the provision of advice to widening access and repeating students on their academic progress and key aspects of student life. You will also develop and lead a Student Success Team in Hertfordshire Law School to support new projects and activities as necessary in the area of student participation and success while also overseeing the building of inclusive learning community and student ‘belonging’ through an open, approachable and supportive attitude. In addition, you may deliver teaching on the School’s law programmes, provide pastoral care and support to students, and engage in other activities within the School.

We are looking for an outstanding individual who has an enthusiastic approach towards working with students, and members of staff. The successful candidate will, in liaison with the Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching), develop a School Student Participation and Success Plan to ensure the School meets its responsibilities under the University’s Access and Participation Plan, and Strategic Plan. This will include analysing data from sectoral and institutional sources, and student records, to develop and implement school programmes to enhance student progression, attainment and retention rates. In doing so, you will work with the University Widening Access and Student Success Team to provide sectoral research to inform the development of school policies and strategies in the area of student participation and success. You will also have knowledge and understanding of the student journey to, and through, Higher Education and awareness and insight into current issues facing the sector, including student attainment and retention.

Informal enquiries to Penny Carey, Dean of School; Neal Geach (Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching)),, 01707 286214

Permanent, full time post. Salary: £51,034 to £60,905. Closing date: 26 April 2020. Interviews will be conducted remotely.