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                            CURRENT VACANCIES

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Director of Marketing, Outreach, Recruitment and Admissions, University of Kent

As part of our drive to meet local, national and international needs, we are reshaping our senior leadership team and are seeking to appoint a new Director of Marketing, Outreach, Recruitment and Admissions. The incoming Director will help shape our marketing strategy and embed it across the institution.

The Director of Marketing, Outreach, Recruitment and Admissions will lead our work on improving access and widening participation and will be responsible for developing a strong brand for the University that supports student recruitment and other activities. The position will play a key role in creating and delivering effective strategies that enable the University of Kent to attract and train the best students from all backgrounds.

The successful candidate will be able to lead across the institution, working collaboratively with academics and professional service staff to set and implement ambitious strategies that support the University in achieving our long-term goals. The new Director will need to be dynamic and engaged, and able to inspire and lead the directorate. The role will be crucial in translating these strategies into an innovative service, leading teams across the institution and securing future success for Kent.

Please note that in this role you will have UKVI responsibilities, ensuring compliance of our sponsorship duties vis-à-vis students., as for example being based in the UK and a clean criminal record (with no unspent convictions).

Full time, permanent post. Salary: negotiable, and will be paid on the Management and Professorial scale, (minimum £65,714 per annum). Closing date: 8 July 2020. Interview date: 21 July 2020.


Widening Participation Manager (Student Lifecycle), Student Recruitment and Admissions, The University of Edinburgh

This role will develop and manage a range of Widening Participation projects which support underrepresented groups of students into the University and also support these students to succeed once at the University.

The role will focus on providing support and developing holistic support networks for care experienced students, estranged students and student carers. The Widening Participation Manager will develop and deliver specialist training for University staff and will identify and drive forward positive change for students from these groups. The post holder will manage the University’s Corporate Parenting Action Plan and drive forward policy development for other vulnerable groups of students. In developing and using their network of contacts they will promote the work of the University and help achieve the objectives set out in the Widening Participation Strategy and the Student Experience Action Plan. They will also play an active role in the work of the Hub for Success and lead on the University’s operational commitment to the Hub. The post holder will lead on the following projects and services:

  • management and support for 20+ staff mentors
  • ongoing 121 support and case management for care experienced students at the University
  • they will also provide line-management for 1 x WP Officer agreeing priorities, timelines and activities through regular meetings.

Full-time and open-ended post.  Salary: ££33,797 – £40,322. Closing date: 8 July 2020


Development Manager (Uni Connect), The Partnership Development Office, Marketing, Outreach, Recruitment and Admissions Division, University of Kent

The Kent and Medway Progression Federation (KMPF) are looking for an experienced and committed Development Manager to provide operational support, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of the Partnership’s offer to schools across Kent and Medway.

The successful candidate will work very closely with a range of agencies, internal and external staff and students, to ensure that the programme is effective and able to adapt in response to analysis from ongoing monitoring and evaluation. They will ensure that the Hub is able to represent the outreach provision offered by all KMPF Uni Connect partners and will therefore require considerable skills in building and sustaining relationships and appreciating the differing demands faced by our constituent partners. The Development Manager post is responsible for the line management of the KMPF Uni Connect Hub Schools Officer, with whom they will work closely.

As Development Manager you will:

  • review the Hub strategy for collaborative schools’ provision
  • prepare and deliver reports and emerging research findings
  • contribute to the effective monitoring and evaluation of Hub collaborative outreach

To succeed in this role you will have: a BA Honours degree or equivalent; teaching or training qualification (including assessor’s awards) or equivalent experience; demonstrable experience of successful development and management of programmes in diverse partnership-based contexts; experience of working with schools and with young people, especially those from under-represented social groups from low-income backgrounds

Please note that the role may be located in any one of the KMPF partner offices.

Full time, fixed term until 31 July 2020. Salary: £38,804 to £40,322 pa pro rata. Closing date: 10 July 2020. Interviews will be held the week commencing 20 July 2020.


Widening Participation Evaluation Lead, University of Southampton

The Widening Participation and Social Mobility (WPSM) department are seeking to appoint a proactive individual to join as Widening Participation Evaluation Lead. WPSM is responsible for the access, success and progression of students from underrepresented groups and disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Widening Participation Evaluation Lead will be responsible for contributing to the design of and implementing an evaluative framework to assess the efficacy of widening participation activity. They will be responsible for managing the flow of data into and out of monitoring and evaluation tools and will significantly contribute to internal understanding of the impact of the widening participation programme and external reports and returns associated with the University’s Access and Participation Plan. Attention to detail is critical. WPSM is developing a culture of reflexive practice and the post holder will play a key role in facilitating this. You will have in depth knowledge of evaluation methodologies, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and extensive experience of using monitoring and tracking databases, such as HEAT. You will also have an empathy for widening participation and its aims.

You will be based on Highfield campus and will work across the access, success, enhancement and lifecycle sections of WPSM. This new role will be especially important in understanding what works in widening participation theory and practice. As well as producing reports for internal review, it is expected that the post holder will disseminate findings nationally through networks, conferences and evaluation organisations. You are required to hold a relevant degree and/ or functional/professional qualification (or demonstrable, equivalent experience).

For an informal discussion to find out more about the role please contact Gino Graziano (

Full time permanent post. Salary: ££30,942 – £38,017 per annum. Closing date 10 July 2020.


Associate Dean (Education and Student Engagement), University of Chester

The Faculty of Health and Social Care is seeking to appoint a highly motivated, well qualified and experienced individual who will join senior academic staff and be involved in the strategic leadership, management and organisation of the Faculty. The Associate Dean (Education and Student Engagement) will support the Executive Dean in the development and implementation of Faculty education, research and enterprise strategies in line with wider university priorities of improving the quality of the student experience, extending the student education offer and growing income across all lines of faculty business.

The successful candidate will also oversee student recruitment and support widening participation initiatives. The Faculty has four education sites: Riverside (Chester), Padgate (Warrington), Marriss House (Birkenhead), and Leighton Hospital (near Crewe).

We are looking for an exceptional leader with extensive experience of designing, implementing and evaluating health and social care curricula, undertaking complex evaluations/funded research and business innovation.

The candidate must hold a professional qualification in a Health or Social Care related discipline, an appropriate first and higher degree, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate of Education/HEA Senior Fellowship as well as a PhD or Professional Doctorate. A professorial title may be available to a suitable candidate.

Full-time, permanent post. Salary: £66,536 – £70,579 per annum. Closing date: 10 July 2020. 


Various outreach posts, Internal Relations – Access and Outreach, University of York
The University of York is investing in the growth and development of the Access and Outreach team to help us achieve our aims and reach underrepresented communities across the country. We are delighted to announce that we are looking to recruit to several new and exciting roles in the team. We are an ambitious and forward-thinking team, and with renewed focus and investment there is no better time to join us.

Posts include:

Access and Outreach Manager

Access and Outreach Recruitment Manager

Access and Outreach Officers (four posts)

Access and Outreach Project Officer

Access and Outreach Marketing Campaign Officer.

Closing date for application to all these posts: 12 July 2020.


Programmes Officer, Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education, TASO, Policy Institute, King’s College London

The Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education (TASO) is a new affiliate What Works Centre for higher education. TASO is seeking a Programmes Officer to support a range of research projects aimed at developing a better understanding of what works to support widening participation and student success.

Under the guidance of the Research Programmes Manager and Evidence & Evaluation Manager, the Programmes Officer will help commission a programme of external research involving practitioners, evaluators and researchers from multiple institutions. They will work across these projects to manage and monitor progress, collate findings, analyse data and help steer the overall research programme. They may also undertake research projects themselves, including synthesis of secondary research; conducting qualitative, quantitative and/or survey research.

The successful candidates will join a growing team of staff who are taking TASO forward as it spins out of King’s College London to become an independent charity in late 2020. Contact person: Ms Eliza Kozman,

Full time, fixed term post until 28 February 2022. Salary: £32,676 – £ 37,297 per annum, incl. London Weighting Allowance. Closing date: 19 July 2020.


Join the Board of Trustees, York CVS

York Council for Voluntary Service (CVS ) is keen to recruit at least three additional trustees. Trustees play an essential role in setting our strategic direction and checking that we are on track to deliver our aims and objectives. We’ll work together on a new strategic plan to deliver two key aims: to encourage voluntary action in York and promote social inclusion for all.

All trustees need strategic vision, the ability to think creatively, good judgement and a willingness to speak their mind. Because we want to bring extra skills and experience to the board, we’ll be particularly pleased if your experience includes promoting equality and diversity, working with BAME communities, PR and marketing, law, property management or IT. Above all, we want people who are as passionate about the VCSE sector as we are!

If you want to know what it’s like to be a trustee at York CVS, email and we’ll set up a call with our chair, David Harbourne. Once you’re ready to apply, download the information pack and send us your application before the closing date of Wednesday 22 July 2020.


Head of Impact Partnerships, ImpactEd

This is a new role to support the evaluation of school-based interventions, with a particular focus on partnership on third sector organisations and universities. We work with both schools and other education organisations such as charities and universities (our ‘impact partners’). This role is a newly created leadership position to drive our work supporting impact partners such as CoachBright, Jamie’s Farm and SOAS to assess and improve their effectiveness. The Head of Impact Partnerships will define, deliver and refine the strategy for these collaborations: managing partnerships first-hand, leading sales and business development, and ultimately ensuring that this work contributes to directly improving the life chances of young people.

The role involves a mix of hands-on partnership management and leadership responsibilities, for example, you might work on projects such as supporting Oak National Academy to develop their evaluation strategy while delivering over 13 million online lessons during lockdown, or helping Yes Futures to assess the impact of their new approach to supporting

young people’s personal development and wellbeing.

You will have overall strategic responsibility for this area of work, and contribute to organisational direction as part of our leadership team. You will lead business development and, as our partnerships continue to grow, we would be looking for you to build and train a team.

We are looking for a broad skillset to support this ambitious brief. We are open to a range of backgrounds, but real advantages would be: experience and insight into research and evaluation, especially within the UK school system; partnership management expertise; familiarity with leading people and strategy; and an entrepreneurial streak including business development experience.
ImpactEd is an award-winning social enterprise that exists to help
evaluate, understand and improve impact in education. For further details and how to apply, see the job description at:
For questions about the role please contact

Full time (part-time applications welcomed), permanent post. Salary: £38,000 to £44,000. Closing date: 27th July 2020.


London NCOP (Uni Connect) Project Manager, Kingston University

The London NCOP Project Manager will have project management responsibility for the Uni Connect (formerly NCOP) programme in London on behalf of Kingston University, the lead higher education provider for the London NCOP partnership. This will involve managing relationships and communications across the partnership, collating and submitting reports and ensuring partnership governance, monitoring and finance requirements are complied with.

The project manager will be the primary point of contact for the London NCOP partners and the Office for Students.

The role will be based within the Education Liaison & Outreach team at Kingston University, but will involve regular liaison and collaborative working with the London NCOP partners (Linking London, AccessHE and Aimhigher London). The successful candidate will join a supportive and enthusiastic team and will be supported in their professional development.

You must have a graduate or equivalent background, with strong experience of project management. Knowledge of the UK education and higher education landscape is essential, in particular in the area of access and participation of underrepresented students. You will have excellent organisational, financial and communication skills, with the ability to manage complex relationships at all levels and to hold staff accountable for high-level performance. The ideal candidate will have experience of developing and delivering policy in a Higher Education setting and responding to regulatory guidance.

Full time, fixed term position to 31 October 2021. Salary: £43,955 to £51,982 pa. Closing date: 29 July 2020. Interviews expected to be held remotely on Wednesday 12th August 2020.