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.)


University Partnerships Executive, (two posts). The Access Platform, London office.

We’ve been trading with universities for 18 months and have seen a rapid uptake of our service. We currently have a great base of university customers, a strong pipeline of forthcoming deals, and have generated strong revenues. The Access Platform (TAP) is an ed-tech start-up on a mission to enable universities to connect with students in a more authentic way. We do this by providing software to recruit potential applicants by connecting them with the entire university community online. We’re now nearly two years old, have been Startup in Residence at Pearson College London, part of the Educate Winter 2017 cohort, and are currently part of the King’s 20 Accelerator based at King’s College London.

We’re looking to grow our team by recruiting talented professionals from the higher education sector and beyond. As University Partnerships Executive, you will be responsible for growing the number of partnerships with universities in the UK, and will also take an active role in other business development and marketing activities.

Founded by George Olesen, Nik Higgins, and Dominic O’Neill, we’re a fun and friendly team of nine people and have entered a period of rapid growth. That’s why we need you!

Salary: £35,000 per annum OTE (on-target earnings).

For more information, or an informal chat, please contact Nik Higgins, Co-founder, at


Evaluation and Data Officer, Widening Participation and Outreach (WP&O), Widening Participation and Outreach Department, University of Surrey

The post holder will be responsible for evaluating our outreach activity with schools and colleges and supporting the Research and Evaluation Manager of WP&O in a diverse, busy environment.  The post-holder will be responsible for evaluating outreach activities using a variety of evaluation methodologies to measure the impact of activities on student aspirations and attainment. The role requires experience of using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, including questionnaire design and analysing data to produce reports.  Knowledge of Widening Participation policy and practice is desirable.

WP&O works externally to maintain a high profile for the University of Surrey by building partnerships with schools, colleges, businesses and university partners, through a range of strategically agreed projects and activities.  Internally WP&O works with central and faculty based managers and their staff in order to provide coherence and direction across the University, ensuring the delivery of the University’s Access and Participation Plan.

The Department provides information, advice and guidance to key influencers, including parents and teachers, whilst providing specific targeted initiatives and wider engagement to raise the attainment and aspirations of school and college students across a range of age groups.

Full time post. Salary: £27,025 to £31,302 pa. Closing date: 28 October 2018. Interview date: 6 November 2018.

Further information:


Senior Business Development Manager, One Awards

One Awards is looking for a Senior Business Development Manager to support our ambitious growth plans. The successful candidate will have significant experience in business development with the ability to engage and support a wide range of customers including colleges, training providers and local authority providers. The ideal candidate will have a strong working knowledge of Access to Higher Education along with a working knowledge of the education sector, the qualification frameworks and current policy developments. The role will involve line management and so excellent management and interpersonal skills are essential.

One Awards’ mission is to support learning and widen opportunity by recognising achievement through credit-based courses and qualifications.  One Awards is an Access Validating Agency, licensed by QAA (The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education) to accredit the QAA Access to HE Diploma. offering accreditation services, Access to HE Diplomas, and delivering services on behalf of NOCN, qualifications are specifically designed to enable learners to achieve their individual goals and meet the growing challenges and demands of the 21st century.  We are a not-for-profit charitable company and invest our resources into continuously developing our products and services. For 22 years we have been offering a seamless learning accreditation service that is highly valued by our recognised centres and learners. We’re vibrant, responsive and unashamedly proud of our established reputation for excellent customer service.

If you would like an informal chat about the role, please contact Fabienne Bailey on 0191 5186550. Full Time post. Salary: £40,000 p.a. (to be reviewed after year 1)

Closing date: 30 October 2018. Further information: and


Mixed Methods Researcher, Knowledge and Research team, Advance HE

Quantitative Researcher, Knowledge and Research team, Advance HE

Advance HE’s approach is evidence-based, using research to identify what works, and develop practice-based solutions.  The work of the Research team is central to these aims, and the post holder will contribute significantly to consolidating the evidence base and raising the profile of Advance HE in the sector. Reporting to Head of Knowledge and Research, Researchers will develop and lead complex research projects across Advance HE’s portfolio of work to meet the delivery of the Operations Plan. Based in York or London.

Salary: £ 41,040 (£45,144 with London Weighting). Closing date: 12 noon on 26 November 2018.  Interviews date: 6 and 7 December 2018.

Further information: