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
  • Briefings
  • Electronic newsletters
  • Events listings
  • Vacancy service
  • Monthly WP and access eBulletin
  • Plus information, news and views of key reports, publication, events and conferences on access, participation and student success published by others.
  • Action on Access 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 vacancies.)


Access Officer, Trinity College, University of Oxford

The Access Officer will work with colleagues throughout the College and across the University; with schools and non-governmental organisations in the field of widening access; and with parents, carers and advisers. Activities include school and college visits, higher education fairs, student conferences, open days, residential visits by prospective applicants and a wide variety of events for teachers. Trinity hosts a range of residential visits by school students including the University-wide UNIQ Summer School for Year 12 UK state school students as well as programmes that target discrete under-represented groups such as Into Oxford and Target Oxbridge. The Access Officer will be responsible for safeguarding participants during school visits and residential summer schools.

Attracting more high-achieving applicants from state schools, and in particular from under-represented groups, is a key priority for the College, ensuring that talented students from groups that are currently under-represented within the College and University community can be inspired and supported to make successful applications to study at Oxford, and to ensure that the College offers a welcoming and inclusive experience to students of all backgrounds.

Reporting to the Head of Access, the Access Officer will deliver a range of activities, ensuring that these are appropriately targeted. Oxford University operates a programme of ‘link colleges’ for schools across the UK. Trinity College is the link college for Oxfordshire and an area of the north east of England that includes Durham, Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar, Cleveland and Stockton on Tees. The role involves travel and delivering activity within these areas.

Salary £22,214-£24,983 depending on experience and qualifications. Closing date: 14 September 2018. Interview date: 25 September 2018

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Director, Unite Foundation

Unite Foundation is a growing charity providing practical support to care leavers or estranged students in accessing higher education and succeeding once there.

The charity has grown to a size and scale that we need a part time Director to drive greater impact and awareness for our target beneficiaries at national level. As Unite Foundation Director you will be responsible for identifying the Foundation’s niche in the policy landscape and delivering impact through networking, lobbying and thought leadership. You will also be accountable for the achievement of overall targets as agreed with the Board, supporting a team to operationalise strategy in partnership with our university network members. The role will be based in Bristol or London and is expected to be up to 0.5 FTE.

Permanent post, 0.5 fte with some flexibility. Salary: up to £60,000 pro rata. Closing date: 17 September 2018. Further information:


Greater Manchester Higher Graduate Advisor, GM Higher NCOP Salford and Trafford

An exciting opportunity has arisen to support widening participation and outreach for learners in Greater Manchester with the goal of increasing participation of students from disadvantaged backgrounds into Higher Education.
To provide first-level information, advice and guidance to target school/college learners, teachers and parents in relation to the benefits of Higher Education, delivering presentations and workshops at events within local schools /colleges and other locations.
To support target learners in schools and colleges to raise increase their awareness of and readiness for Higher Education
To be a role model for pupils in the area, advocating the benefits of Higher Education
To liaise with staff in target schools and colleges to increase their engagement in and awareness of the GM Higher programme
Fixed Term, full time contract until July 2019 with possible extension until Dec 2019 Location: Various (based at Pendleton Sixth Form College). Salary: £19,773 per annum with incremental progression to £22,490. Closing Date: 19 September 2018. Interview Date: TBC 27 September Further information:


Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Student Recruitment and Widening Participation, The University of Manchester

The Student Recruitment and Widening Participation team at The University of Manchester is responsible for ensuring that the University can identify and recruit students of outstanding achievement and potential from all educational backgrounds and encouraging progression into higher education more generally, particularly within its local communities.   A key focus of this post is to support with the increasing expectations for the monitoring and evaluation of our widening participation work, including analysing qualitative and quantitative information.

We are looking for someone with excellent analytical skills, with the ability to explore, summarise and present data to help understand the impact of our student recruitment and widening participation work.  As well as being a central source of expertise for staff across the University, you will draw on your understanding of widening participation and evaluation expertise to advise and develop suitable measures of impact.  The person appointed will need excellent communication, interpersonal and organisational skills and a flexible and positive approach to work with an ability to work on their own initiative and prioritise a varied workload.

Permanent full time post. Salary: £31,604 to £38,833 per annum (according to relevant experience). Closing Date: 20 September 2018.

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Widening Participation Outreach Administrator, Bath Spa University

Support the WP team in all administrative activities in the organisation and delivery of our outreach events off and on campus. Including; managing and preparing our resources, recruiting and then allocating student staff to work at our events, paying and managing expenses claims for our student staff. Finally a big part of the role will be liaising with schools/colleges and specific WP target groups on behalf of the WP Officers to organise all of our events to confirm timings, dates and to collect essential information needed.

We require our administrator to have an impeccable attention to detail to manage school bookings, student pay and to support the WP team in all activities leading up to organising small events to big conferences. The administrator needs to have outstanding organisational skills to achieve this, and to be an efficient communicator as they will be liaising with a large student staff to allocate them work and to pay them and they will be working with a large number of schools.  For an informal discussion regarding this post, please contact Laura Emptage, on 01225 876020 or

Permanent full time post. Salary: £19,202 – £21,414 per annum. Closing date: 15 October 2018. Interview Date: 07 November 2018.

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