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.)


Marketing and Communications officer; Monitoring and Evaluation officer; Admin Assistant, Communications and External Relations, NCOP at Essex Collaborative Outreach Network, University of Essex.

The University of Essex is looking to recruit staff to support the work of Make Happen in this new collaborative network incorporating many partners including Higher Education Institutions, Further Education Schools, Schools, Local Authorities and third sector organisations. This is an exciting opportunity to join a new team committed to widening participation and raising aspiration into higher education across the county of Essex. Full time fixed term posts until December 2018. Closing date for all three posts: 29 March 2017.

Marketing and communications officer: Salary: £29,301 – £32,004.
Monitoring and evaluation officer: Salary: £32,004 – £38,183.

Admin assistant: Salary: £32,004 – £38,183.


Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Kent and Medway Collaborative Outreach Programme

In this fixed term role as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer you will be responsible for supporting the Kent and Medway Collaborative outreach programme (KaMCOP) consortium in building evidence of their work across the KaMCOP, specifically targeted outreach work with individual students in schools and colleges using The Higher Education Access Tracker (HEAT) service. The HEAT service is instrumental in the provision of quantitative evaluation.

As a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer you will be based within the HEAT team but dedicated to the consortium and will be responsible for delivering a monitoring and evaluation plan to assist partners in monitoring the achievement of programme milestones and targets.

Salary: £26,829-£31,076. Closing date: 29 March 2017.

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‘Aspire to HE’ Operations Manager, University of Wolverhampton

An opportunity has arisen for a full time fixed term appointment in the Office of the Dean of Students working on the new Aspire to HE National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) in the Access and Outreach team.

You will take responsibility for managing the budget for the Aspire to HE programme, including: the allocation of funding to partners; monitoring expenditure against targets and milestones; ensuring Consortium compliance with HEFCE guidance. You will be responsible for effective evaluation of key activity strands in accordance with the overall Aspire to HE evaluation strategy and ensuring that all activity is appropriately targeted.

Salary: £41,709 to £48,327. Closing date: 29 March 2017. Full time, fixed term post until 31 December 2018. Secondment applications would be welcome. Informal enquiries about the role should be directed to Daniel Howells, Director of Aspire to HE, by email to:

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NCOP Pathways Events and Partnerships, University of Leicester

You will work on the Pathways programme to develop and deliver activity as part of the HEFCE –funded National Collaborative Outreach Programme; to deliver planned programmes of activity as part of the Pathways programme, build positive working relationships with key stakeholders, meet targets and milestones and contribute to the overall development of the programme.

You will be the main point of contact for the Pathways Mentoring Programme in Leicestershire. As a visible member of the team, you will coordinate and deliver a variety of collaborative widening participation and outreach initiatives, both in schools and colleges and on higher education provider campuses. With exceptional communication skills, you will manage liaison with key stakeholders, informing them of broader outreach events and developments at the three local universities and across the sector. Focus will be on encouraging stakeholders to engage with the Pathways programme.

Your contribution to partnership committees (in particular, the Pathways Operations Group) will be required to help develop and advocate for best practice and policy and to make recommendations for future activities. It is important that you are able to produce and present relevant statistics, analyses and reports in order to monitor the Pathways programme success against key targets and milestones.

To thrive in the position of NCOP Pathways Events and Partnerships Officer, you will have had previous experience of line management, partnership working and have the ability to manage a budget, be educated to degree level or equivalent and have significant experience working within the schools education sector, Further Education, Higher Education or professional advice and guidance for young people in schools. As an individual, you will be a strong public speaker and will have the confidence to make decisions relating to project planning, delegating tasks as necessary. Full time fixed term post to 31 December 2018. Salary: £26,829 – £31,076 per annum. Closing date: 3 April 2017. Interview date: 12 April 2017.

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Assistant Schools Liaison Officer, Directorate of Student Recruitment & Partnerships. The Royal Holloway University ofLondon

Applications are invited for the post of Assistant Schools Liaison Offer in the Directorate of Student Recruitment & Partnerships. The role of Assistant Schools Liaison Officer provides an exciting opportunity for an individual with some knowledge of student recruitment to launch their career in this area. The post is based in the Schools Liaison team and will provide input into the development of talks and workshops, taking a lead on their delivery, as well as supporting a range of on- and off-campus student recruitment activities. The post-holder will work closely with a number of schools and colleges to raise awareness of Royal Holloway to both prospective students and to teachers and university advisers.

You will have a clear understanding of the information needs of prospective students and applicants and some experience of promoting a university, potentially in a student ambassador level role. The role also requires excellent interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication skills, and an ability to present complex information to audiences through a variety of means with clarity and close attention to detail.

This is a full time and permanent post, available immediately based in Egham, Surrey. Salary: £20,545 to £23,057 per annum – including London Allowance. Closing date: 5 April 2017.

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Senior Inclusion Evaluation Officer, St George’s, University of London
The Senior Inclusion Evaluation Officer has responsibility for the design and development of the University’s monitoring for the annual Access Agreement, defining how we target additional fee income to underrepresented student groups and therefore meet our requirements for the Office of Fair Access (OFFA).
We are looking for someone who has an analytical approach to work and meticulous attention to detail. You will have proven experience of data analysis and the ability to extrapolate and present data in a meaningful way. You will be flexible and able to work on your own initiative and be part of a team. You should also have excellent organisational, communication and IT skills and you will have a good understanding of confidentiality and data protection.
The post holder will be a key member of St George’s Registry team and will participate in the usual activities of the wider team such as team meetings, away days and the achievement of shared goals.
Salary: £32,004 to £38,183 plus London Allowance of £2,976. Permanent, full time position
Closing Date: 07 April 2017. Interview Date: 19 April 2017
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NCOP Schools Officer, the AccessHE division at LondonHigher

The AccessHE NCOP Schools Officer will support the delivery of the exciting new London National Collaborative Outreach Programme. They will work in 10 identified schools in the London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham and Havering, leading on the delivery of a programme of support for an identified cohort of 20-25 learners learners from Years 10 – 13. Each group will come together every two weeks for a 2 hour session. This is a great opportunity for a confident self-starter to make a significant impact on the aspirations of young people in East London. The post holder will be required to work outside of core school hours as and when necessary. The post holder will be home-based with regular meetings at AccessHE’s London offices and will report to the Head of AccessHE NCOP.
Full time fixed term until 21 December 2018. Salary: £28,000 – 32,000 p.a. (including London Weighting Allowance). Closing date: 11 April 2017.

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