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Outreach and Access Officer, Magdalen College, Oxford

Magdalen College is seeking to appoint an Outreach and Access Officer. The successful candidate will share in the responsibility for implementing the College’s outreach and access programmes (involving work on Widening Access, Widening Participation, and Student Recruitment), and in the responsibility for ensuring that the contents of the College’s website and its social media communications represent the College’s values and objectives effectively.

The successful applicant will have a good first degree, recent experience of Higher Education and involvement with outreach, excellent written and oral communication skills, a high level of computer literacy, and excellent interpersonal skills, time-management skills, and attention to detail.

Fulltime fixed-term appointment of three years’ duration, available from Tuesday 1 September 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter Salary: Closing date: 12.00 noon 14 August 2020. Interviews are expected to take place on Tuesday 25 August 2020.


Director of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI), BAME recruitment and Consulting, London

As part of BAME Recruitment’s ongoing partnership with the University of Law (ULaw), this new and innovative Director of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) role will directly advise the Executive team on everything relating to EDI. With a diverse student population, people come to study at ULaw from many different communities and walks of life. Their vision is to build on the positive steps already taken so that ED&I just happens as a matter of course, in everything that they do. This will help ensure, ultimately, that students receive the best possible outcomes and student experience, regardless of their background.
A new Strategic Plan is being devised, alongside a refreshed Vision and set of Values. As the new Director of EDI you would be supporting the University’s commitment to fostering an inclusive culture which promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its staff and students are respected.
You will report directly to the Vice-Chancellor/CEO and will work in partnership with the wider Executive team, ensuring the provision of guidance and advice to all parts of the University in relation to all aspects of equality and diversity.

You will have:

  • An excellent profile, reputation and background of working within the field of EDI
  • Deep and broad up-to-date knowledge and understanding of D&I issues with significant senior-level experience designing, delivering and evaluating effective D&I activities
  • Knowledge and experience of best practice in Equalities.

Full time, permanent post. Closing date: midday, 16 August 2020.


Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Save the Children, London

Do you want to play a key leadership role in creating positive change across Save the Children and the lives of children we fight for by shaping and leading our diversity and inclusion agenda? If you do, come and join us as Director of Diversity and Inclusion; a highly visible role which will work closely with all our people, including our Executive Leadership Team, Board of Trustees and Equalities Networks. Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) sits at the heart of who we are and who we aspire to be. Our approach to diversity and inclusion is connected to the way we work with children, encompassing respect, fairness, and equality. We recognise that acting on these values requires a willingness to challenge all forms of discrimination, an ability to listen deeply to others lived experiences and move decisively to action that will create positive change. The Executive Leadership Team have recently made a series of commitments to anti-racism building on this approach. We know we still have a long way to go – but we are absolutely committed to getting there and doing it well. Getting this right is a condition for doing the best we can for children. Our ambition is to be a leader in all things D&I across the charity sector and seen as a case study for what brilliant looks like. It’s not for the faint-hearted but you have a committed CEO and Leadership Team and engaged organisation to work with in making this a reality. As we’ve just started, we’re looking for an energetic and passionate Director/ Senior Specialist – which we hope will be you.
In this role you will have responsibility for the implementation of our D&I strategy (co-created with staff) and ensuring it remains relevant and fit for purpose. You’ll need to be adept at striking a balance between openness and applying a consultative approach whilst ensuring clear decision-making. It would be helpful if you had experience of applying D&I to policy and programmatic work given our work with marginalised communities – however experience of successfully applying your expertise to external facing work across products and services is just as valuable.
Full time permanent post. |Salary: £45,900 – £54,000 per year. Closing date: 16th August 2020.


Senior Access Officer (Pre-16) Maternity cover, Access and Widening Participation, Student and Registry Services, UCL

The Access and Widening Participation Office leads on the development and implementation of UCL’s strategies to widen access to UCL from underrepresented groups.  We are a large and dynamic team, working with a wide range of learners from primary and secondary students through to mature students, families and teachers.  We take an evidence-led approach to access with a strong focus on evaluation and research.

The Senior Access Officer (Pre 16) is responsible for the development and delivery of events and programmes to raise awareness and attainment in young people from groups underrepresented in higher education.  The postholder works closely with a second Senior Access Officer (Pre 16) and the Access Manager (Pre 16) to review and enhance existing programmes, develop new initiatives and to strengthen processes and programme quality across the whole team. For more information, please view our widening participation activities listed by year group here.

The successful candidate will have an enthusiasm for widening participation in higher education and experience of working with schools and young people.  They will have an organised approach, with the ability to prioritise a high volume of complex work.  They will be an effective communicator, committed to delivering excellent customer service and with the ability to liaise with a wide range of people with tact and diplomacy.  Experience of developing, managing and delivering projects and events and the ability to work collaboratively within a large team are essential requirements for the role.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Jennifer Whitney by email at We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level. We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Full time post to cover a period of maternity leave and is available until Monday 24 May 2021, or the return of the substantive post holder, whichever is sooner. We would also welcome applications from internal candidates interested in this as a secondment opportunity. Salary: £35,965 to £43,470 per annum (inclusive of London allowance). Closing Date: 18 Aug 2020.


Dean for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, the Open University, Milton Keynes

This is a brand-new role at The Open University and a strategically important opportunity to work directly with the Vice-Chancellor to support their leadership of the EDI agenda across the University’s employees, students, teaching and learning, research, institutional strategy and business planning. The new Dean for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion will play a leading role in galvanising a culture of diverse representation of staff at all levels of the institution, and identifying opportunities for the University to benefit from equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives across a broad spectrum of activities.

The role-holder will work with the Vice-Chancellor to create and enhance an inclusive, equitable and respectful environment for all at the OU, with a brief to advocate and influence across the University to support and challenge institutional performance in closing student attainment and employment gaps in all four Nations. The role will provide leadership, oversight, support and coordination in promoting diversity and equal opportunity, making the OU a leader in tackling harassment and discrimination.

The role requires a research mindset and familiarity with both the policy environment and academic literature on inclusion. Taking an evidence-based approach, the Dean will identify what works, in what context and for whom, and will enable promising new ways of working to be widely adopted and monitored for effectiveness.

Along with extensive academic experience in education and research, the post-holder will have significant experience of working with professional services on this agenda. Candidates must already hold a professorial appointment and have considerable leadership experience in a senior managerial role, including having achieved a high impact in reducing inequalities in experience and outcomes across a university community of staff and students.

You must hold a Doctorate, with a publication record commensurate with your seniority, experience of teaching, an appreciation of pedagogical scholarship and a broad and comprehensive knowledge of EDI research and evidence relevant to employee and student agendas.

The successful applicant will be appointed to a professorship in one of the University’s four faculties, and seconded, full-time, to the role of Dean for an initial period of three years. Subject to agreement, the postholder may extend the Deanship for a further two years.

Flexible working can be discussed but regular travel to Milton Keynes campus and other locations within the UK nations will be required. Competitive salary. Closing date: 19 August midday. Interview date: 26 August.


Widening Participation Senior Office, Queen Mary University of London

The role is devised to undertake widening participation activities within a recruitment setting as well as administrative processes within the department around these groups of students once they have enrolled with us. The post holder will work closely with the central Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Team within the Marketing and Communications Directorate to ensure the work aligns with the University’s wider recruitment and widening participation projects. Predominantly, the role will oversee the Pathways to Law access scheme. You should be educated to Degree level in a subject related to the area of work or have relevant experience, and have substantial experience of working in a student recruitment or widening participation environment; particularly in relation to delivering outreach activities to support students from under-represented backgrounds. This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of both the Department of Law and the Marketing and Communications Directorate. The Widening Participation Senior Officer will work predominantly to oversee, coordinate and deliver the Pathways to Law programme and widening participation activity designed to support students from under-represented groups. The post is based at the Mile End Campus in London. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly. Informal enquiries should be addressed to Poppy Hudghton at

Part time post, fixed term as a result of maternity cover until approximately 25 October 2021. Salary: £34,220 – £40,194 per annum (pro-rata), inclusive of London Allowance. Closing date: 23 August 2020.


Head of Student Access and Success, Falmouth University

To help deliver our 2030 Strategy, the Head of Student Access and Success will be responsible for the development, coordination and delivery of APP commitments though the establishment of a virtual team operating within professional services and academic departments and will lead on the development, evaluation and reporting of activity both for internal and external audiences.
We are committed to ensuring that everyone that can benefit from higher education has the opportunity to do so. As part of this approach we are seeking an experienced access and participation professional to lead the holistic implementation of our Access and Participation Plan in a way that realises the synergies between our APP commitments and improving the student experience and outcomes for all
The ideal candidate will have experience developing and implementing and evaluating access and participation initiatives at a strategic level and have an outstanding knowledge of the wider student journey and higher education landscape overall.

Established in 1902 as Falmouth School of Art, we have grown to become a digital innovation hub, delivering impact for lives and economies through the development of new knowledge, solutions, services and products. Today, our undergraduate and postgraduate courses represent the breadth of the creative industries, the fastest growing sector in the UK economy. Falmouth’s specialisms will be key to future economic and cultural success both at a local and global level.

Permanent full-time post. Salary: £46,718 – £51,034. Closing date: 23 August 2020


Deputy Head of Widening Access and Student Success, Learning and Teaching Innovation Centre, Office of Vice Chancellor, University of Hertfordshire

This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic individual to develop and deliver the University’s Widening Access and Student Success Strategy aligned to our 2020-25 Access and Participation Plan. Based within the University’s Learning and Teaching Innovation Centre, we are looking for the right person to help drive forward our vision on widening participation, student success and inclusivity to transform lives. Main duties & responsibilities You will be instrumental in helping the University achieve our widening participation targets and lead the research, evaluation and dissemination of institutional activity associated with student success and widening access work. You will work closely with academic and professional colleagues to develop the support and engagement of staff with widening access and student success initiatives. You will be responsible for a group of staff within the Widening Access and Student Success team, directing a programme of delivery and overseeing annual aims and activity to achieve agreed targets.

The Deputy Head of WP and Student Success will have worked in a student-focused environment and have a sound understanding of higher education policies and practices relating to widening participation and student success. You will be familiar with undergraduate and postgraduate admissions, including the concept of “fair” access and widening participation strategies. You will be an experienced manager, including experience of recruiting, developing, appraising and motivating staff. You will be a compassionate and persuasive communicator, able to engage with staff at all levels including senior University personnel. You will possess a wide-ranging understanding of relevant national and international developments and benchmarks and exhibit our University values of Friendliness, Ambition, Collegiality, Enterprise and Student-focus in your approach. Due to the nature of the role, you may have to deal with highly confidential, sensitive information and be willing to work some unsocial hours including weekends if required. Contact details or informal enquiries to Karen Barton, Director of Learning and Teaching, LTIC (

Full time permanent post. Salary: £51,034 pa – £60,905 pa dependent on skills and experience. Closing date: 23 August 2020. Interview date: 18 September 2020.


Head of Disability Advisory Service, Imperial College London

The Head of Disability Advisory Service will be at the heart of the service, demonstrating excellent leadership, organisation, and a strategic vision across the range of operations. You will ensure that services are delivered and developed in alignment with the mission and strategic vision of the College. You will also be responsible for reviewing existing provision with a view to developing an expanded service for students who may require intensive or specialist support as a result of their specific but non-disability-related circumstances. For example, such students would include, but are not limited to, care leavers, carers, parents, estranged students and those taking interruptions of study.

You will provide the College with expert advice on all aspects of disability and inclusion and progress the College’s objectives in respect of inclusivity, student disability and targeted student support.

You will have outstanding relationship management skills with leadership/management experience within a Higher Education institution with a focus on disability and/or student support together with a strong commitment to ensuring the service delivers high quality advice and support to students and staff. You must meet the following criteria:

You will have experience of leading, managing and motivating a team as well as managing budgets and resources; and of providing expert one-to-one advice to disabled students or students with complex needs, including multi-agency liaison. You will have a proven track record of developing and/or implementing inclusive policy and practice in an organisational context.

For more information about the Disability Advisory Service please visit: Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Debra Ogden at


SEER Programme Manager – SEER / Applied Inspiration

This newly created position will support the development and growth of our SEER service. This is an exciting and varied role, requiring an energetic individual capable of working flexibly and independently in a fast-paced dynamic environment. It will appeal to someone with a commitment to and interest in fair access and participation, and experience of research and evaluation.

The Specialist Evidence, Evaluation and Research (SEER) partnership is a collaborative service for small, specialist and newly registered/ing higher education providers. SEER’s focus is on supporting this group with regulatory and institutional priorities relating to access and participation, in the critical area of data and monitoring, evaluation and research. SEER is part of Applied Inspiration, an advisory organisation, providing support and services to higher education providers, schools and colleges in the areas of access and participation, outreach, student success, and careers.

You will be responsible for managing the delivery of our work, and maintaining relationships with our members. Responsibilities will include;

  • Managing a programme of activities across our members.
  • Providing evaluation and analytical support for SEER and its members across the student lifecycle, with the support of senior colleagues.
  • Delivering training and workshops.
  • Supporting in the development of evaluation tools.
  • Supporting SEER to undertake research into specific areas of interest relating to access and participation within small and specialist providers.

To apply for this post please submit a CV including two references, and a cover letter of no more than two pages outlining how your skills and experience meet the job description. Applications should be submitted to

Full-time/part-time, flexible (minimum of 0.5 FTE). 12-month fixed term contract initially, with potential to be extend. Flexible location (usually working from home – although some travel will be necessary). Salary £28,000 – £34,000 per annum, pro rata depending on experience. Closing date 1 September 2020 at midday


Schools Liaison and Access Officer, Merton College Oxford

Merton College is looking for an enthusiastic, effective communicator with a passion for outreach to join us as our Schools Liaison and Access Officer. This could be an ideal role for someone who is looking to begin a career in outreach or Higher Education, or has for someone with a background in education who is seeking to change career. The Schools Liaison and Access Officer will play a vital role in Merton’s work to attract academically talented applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds, and in helping to increase the proportions of students from groups who are currently under-represented in Oxford. This is an exciting opportunity for a well-organised individual to play an integral part in developing and delivering the College’s access and outreach strategy, working with prospective and current students, schools, academic and administrative colleagues, and a range of other stakeholders.

The Schools Liaison and Access Officer manages the planning, co-ordination, and delivery of all aspects of the College’s outreach and access initiatives for schools, colleges, and prospective applicants. The role covers aspects of recruitment and widening access to Oxford specifically, and widening participation to Higher Education in general. The College works particularly to encourage applications from students from under-represented groups, and from schools with little or no history of sending candidates to Oxford.

The College is committed to promoting diversity and would therefore particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as well as other under-represented groups. Permanent, full-time post. Salary: £27,000-£30,000 per annum dependent on skills and experience. Closing date: 1 September 2020.


Higher Education Champions, Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach, a Uni Connect partnership, University of East Anglia, Norfolk

University of East Anglia are currently recruiting for HE Champions for the Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach, a Uni Connect partnership. The wider purpose of Uni Connect is to accelerate progress on widening access for disadvantaged young people into higher education. HE Champions are response for encouraging underrepresented groups within the region to consider studying at university or within higher education. Based in schools and colleges, you will plan and organise activities to take place in schools and on university campuses, as well as trips out, and provide individual and mall group signposting and support.

You will be educated to degree level or equivalent and be able to satisfy all essential criteria detailed in the person specification for this post. Please visit for details.

The posts are available immediately, four on a full-time basis and one part-time (0.8 fte), for a fixed term period to 31 July 2021. Salary: £26,715 – £32,817 pa pro rata. Closing Date: 7 September 2020