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.)

PhD opportunity, University of Bath

A project to investigate the extent to which the specification of subject qualifications for entry to particular courses at universities unnecessarily restricts applications from potential students and inhibits efforts to widen social class access to higher education, as well as the gender mix of STEM subjects’ student populations. It will seek to establish the extent to which specific entry requirements are supported by evidence of their correlation to degree performance. The initial work on this project will use data from within the University of Bath, but will also work with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) and the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) (in Bristol and Cheltenham) to obtain anonymised evidence for different subjects in different universities. The project will test the degree outcomes of students in selected STEM disciplines against their A-level subjects at entry, and undertake further analysis of entry qualifications by social class, gender and school type.

Competitively awarded University of Bath studentships are available to support highly qualified UK/EU applicants. Funding for Home/EU candidates includes: full tuition fees, £1000 per year Training Support Grant and Stipend of £14,553 (2017-8 rate). Closing date: 18 August 2017; we aim to interview soon afterwards, and we would like the successful candidate to start by 2nd October 2017.

Applicants will ideally have graduated (or be due to graduate) with a first class honours undergraduate degree and/or MSc distinction (or overseas equivalent); they are likely to have a background in economics, statistics, or public policy economics, and are likely to be aiming for a career in one of these areas. A knowledge of working with large databases will be an advantage. Further information:


Widening Participation Coordinator (Pre-16), King’s College London

The Widening Participation Coordinator (Pre-16) is responsible for administration of the King’s Scholars Scheme and associated pre-16 outreach activities targeted at young learners. The post holder will also contribute to the smooth running of the wider department and provide ad hoc support to senior management including diary management. The role holder will also help to deliver activities and events including our year 6 portfolio, ad-hoc school visits and student ambassador training.

Permanent full time position. Salary Details: Grade 4, £23,879 per annum. Allowances: Plus plus £2,923 per annum. Closing date: 20 August 2107.

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Student Recruitment Assistant, Oxford Brookes.

The post-holder will assist with the full range of UK-based recruitment activities, including representing the University at HE fairs, handling student enquiries, and helping to organise
university-wide open days, responding to enquiries, recording student details in the CRM system and staffing the University’s Enquiry Centre at key times, undertaking administrative activities that support recruitment activities.

You will have: awareness of the higher education student recruitment and widening participation context, experience of organising events, experience of using CRM systems or databases, and good communication skills and experience of giving presentations to groups of students, parents and teachers.

This would be a great introduction to working in student recruitment and schools liaison activities for someone wishing to begin a career in Higher Education. Part time (22.5 hours), permanent role based at the Headington campus, but with significant regional travel. Closing date 20 August 2017. Salary: £23,164, rising annually to £25,298 (pro rata).

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3 Outreach posts, UK Student Recruitment and Outreach team, University of Birmingham

Outreach Manager

This is a key role for the University and includes delivering the institution’s targets for growth and development of the Access to Birmingham (A2B) Scheme as set out in of our Agreement with the Office for Fair Access. The post included the day to day management of a team of Outreach officers, involved in the delivery of the scheme and other significant outreach projects, as well as innovative development of the scheme and development of relationships with the secondary and FE sectors that will support long term recruitment activity through the scheme. The post also leads on a number of other programmes for the University and contributes to the strategic development of Outreach and Widening Participation.

Applicants should hold a degree and have demonstrable experience of working in widening participation within Higher Education / education sector.  Applicants should have the ability to influence senior staff inside and outside the University, establish productive relationships with senior staff in schools and colleges, and demonstrate an ability to solve complex problems, think critically and motivate a diverse range of staff. Closing date: 20 August 2017. Salary: £39,324 to £46,924 with potential progression once in post to £52,793 a year.

Further information:


Outreach Officer (Maternity Cover – fixed term 12 months)

This particular post is to support the development of activity linked to the University’s agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).   This post carries some specific responsibilities for key elements of the Access to Birmingham scheme as outlined in our OFFA Access Agreement and is critical to the delivery of our A2B targets.

It has management responsibility for a number of specific Outreach projects e.g. our Masterclass programme and Birmingham Link, ensuring smooth delivery, liaising with wider contributors from the academic community and third party organisations and resolving problems which may occur. This role requires high level communication and collaboration skills, diplomacy, tenacity and tact to achieve departmental objectives. Applicants should hold a degree; understand widening participation and partnership working, have demonstrable experience of working within Higher Education / education managing projects and programmes of activity, and experience of working with young people. Closing date: 20 August 2017. Salary: £29,301 to £38,183 with potential progression once in post to £40,523 a year. Further information:


Outreach Administrator

The purpose of this post within the wider team is to ensure that the University commitment to widening participation is delivered. This means that currently under-represented groups are encouraged to apply to the University, through a range of activities, partnership working and action-based research.

This post will support the delivery of key activity that is of strategic importance to our Access Agreement with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA). This includes essential support for our Routes to the Professions Programme, our Evaluation Activity, and on campus visits by young people. This post will also assist with Financial Administration across the team. There will be considerable contact with Schools and Departments, university students and secondary schools in the wider West Midlands area on a regular basis. The post holder will be expected to show the necessary initiative in order to undertake this responsibility. The post holder will be expected to use tact, discretion and patience in dealing with internal and external contacts.

We are looking for someone with demonstrable experience of working in an administrative environment, able to work as part of a busy team, and communicate with a wide range of stakeholders including teachers, young people, parents and university staff. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced administrator who would like to work in the field of widening participation. Closing date: 20 August 2017. Salary: £18,793 to £20,147 with potential progression once in post to £24,591 a year. Further information:


Birmingham University Outreach

The team is responsible for the development and promotion of student recruitment and widening participation activities for the University within the UK.  They undertake a wide range of aspiration raising events and student recruitment activities including arranging University representation at Higher Education Fairs throughout the country; co-ordinating visits to schools and colleges, organising University Open Days; receiving incoming visits from school pupils, teachers, careers officers and parents; distributing University prospectuses and other material. They also undertake a range of activities targeted at specific groups within the community as part of our commitment to widening participation.


Transition and Retention Programmes Co-ordinator, Newman University Student Support

Services this role is to support university-wide strategies to improve and enhance student engagement and success. The post holder will be responsible for delivering our successful transition programmes targeted at new students to aid their entry to, or progression within, higher education.
The post is offered on a 0.4 FTE basis. The ability to work flexibly and alter working patterns during August – November when the transition programmes are being delivered is desirable.  Salary: £32,004 – £36,001 per annum pro rata + benefits.

The start date for this post will be late December 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. Closing date: 24 August 2017.
For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Siân Howarth, Director of Student Services:

Further information:
Widening Participation and Outreach Manager (maternity cover) – University of Warwick

The University of Warwick is seeking to recruit a Widening Participation and Outreach Manager based in the Widening Participation Team. This exciting and multifaceted role will have management and delivery responsibilities, including ensuring the team is appropriately resourced to fulfil its objectives and but also to lead the development and implementation of new institutional initiatives, as articulated through its access agreement.

Salary: £39,324 – £46,925. Fixed-term post for one year. Closing date: 26 August 2017.

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Widening Participation Officer (Vulnerable Groups), King’s College London

The role of the Widening Participation Officer (Vulnerable Groups) is to lead on the department’s outreach work with vulnerable groups and manage the Realising Opportunities programme for King’s. S/he should develop on-campus activities to inform and inspire vulnerable young people and support their HE progression. Permanent full time position.

Salary Details: £27,629 to £32,004 per annum. Allowances: Plus £2,623 per annum. Closing date: 30 August 2107.

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GM Higher Graduate Advisor, Greater Manchester Higher NCOP team

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. The Programme (NCOP) is a highly targeted collaborative outreach programme focussed on working with Y9-13 pupils from areas which have lower participation in higher education than expected based on KS4 attainment.

The National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) is a highly targeted collaborative outreach programme and the Hub will be based at Salford City College however all post holders will work across Salford City College. Trafford College, Greater Manchester and may be required to travel nationally.

The role:

  • To provide information, advice and guidance to target school/college learners in relation to the benefits of Higher Education and to facilitate engagement with the GM Higher programme
  • To support target learners in schools and colleges to 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.

Salford City College is highly ambitious and a leading provider in Greater Manchester. It aims to be outstanding in all aspects of its work. Full-time, fixed Term until December 2018 with possible extension to 2020. Salary: £19,577 with incremental progression to £22,267 per annum. Closing Date: 28 August 2017. Interview Date: w/c 4 September 2017

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Project Officer, Advancing Access team, NCOP Project Office (fixed term)
Further information:
We are looking to appoint a Project Officer, with previous experience planning and delivering projects, events and activities, to contribute to the implementation of Advancing Access in schools and colleges across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. The successful candidate will contribute to the delivery of continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers and advisers. This will involve planning and delivering a range of sessions for school and college staff. You will adjust sessions appropriately to meet the needs of the client group and will coordinate session delivery and evaluation as appropriate.
The Project Officer will also organise events, such as twilight training sessions and day conferences, in partnership with Advancing Access and DANCOP staff. You will coordinate speakers and event logistics, devise event content and manage event promotion and bookings.
You will work closely with Advancing Access and the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire This is a varied role, providing the successful candidate with an opportunity to be involved with two innovative widening participation programmes. Salary:£22,294 to £26,829 pa. Closing date: 4 September 2017.
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Schools and Colleges Liaison Assistant. Oxford Brookes University

The UK Recruitment and Partnerships Team is looking for a Schools Liaison Assistant to contribute to the University’s recruitment and widening participation activities.

The specific projects that this post currently covers include: assisting with the organisation of Brookes Engage, our sixth form widening participation programme; administering the application process, selection and celebration event for the Community Scholarship; assisting with the organisation of our online mentoring programmes; attending school and college visits, delivering presentations and workshops.

You will have: an awareness of the higher education student recruitment and widening participation context; experience of organising events; excellent communication skills, including experience of delivering presentations to a diverse range of audiences; related experience in an educational setting; experience of working in recruitment or admissions is desirable.

A full time, permanent, post. Interviews. Closing date: 5 September 2017. Interview date: 21 September 2017. Salary: £23,557, rising annually to £25,728.

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