The National Co-ordination Team for Widening Participation and Access to Higher Education

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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Adviser, University of Manchester

The Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) will be responsible for developing and implementing our EDI strategy and ensuring that equality, diversity and inclusion strengthen our University and inform and guide our core activities. The Head of EDI will provide central coordination, oversight and leadership, drawing together EDI activity across the University to support the delivery of a comprehensive set of objectives.

You will bring experience of leading EDI policy and practice within a large and complex organisation. You will have the skills to influence, motivate and inspire behaviour change across the University and the expert knowledge to advise colleagues at all levels on relevant EDI matters. An experienced manager of people and resources with a high degree of cultural sensitivity, you will be passionate about creating an inclusive and supportive environment where everyone can participate fully and reach their full potential. We welcome candidates with relevant experience whatever their industry or sector background.

For a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Anderson Quigley: Elliott Rae on +44 (0)7584 078 534 or Elyse Turner-Pearce on +44 (0)7808 648 559.

Full time, permanent post. Closing date: 15th January 2021.


Volunteer Project Administrator, Employability Team, the University of Law

The primary responsibility is to assist with the running of our Widening Participation Volunteering Scheme and the administration of our Opportunities Bursary which aim to increase employment experience and opportunities for our undergraduate students. The Volunteer Project Administrator will also support the running of employability service activities in the local area, and may be called upon to support national events as part of this role.

The ideal candidate will have experience of a similar role within higher education, supporting widening participation initiatives, and will have a good understanding of the work of Careers and Pro Bono services within education.

The University of Law (ULaw) is one of the world’s largest law schools withj15 locations across the UK. With an impressive history going back to 1876, we employ c850 staff and have over 10,000 students studying on our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, which are also delivered through our dedicated business school. ULaw has an outstanding reputation as a full service legal and educational training specialist, operating from fourteen campuses throughout the UK and Berlin, with additional global reach through online and face to face provision.

This is a fixed term role to support a number of Employability related widening participation projects at the University of Law, and to support the provision of employability services to students

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Ailsa Costello on 01483 216245 or email

6 Month Fixed Term Contract, 22 hours per week. Salary: up to £23,000 pro rata. Closing date: 17 January 2021.


Head of Partnerships, Causeway Education, Hackney, England

Causeway Education is a charity supporting young people to overcome barriers in accessing Higher Education. Our mission is to ensure students have the support they need to explore options effectively, make ambitious choices and produce outstanding university, college and apprenticeship applications. We are looking for a dynamic and creative Head of Partnerships to join us on the next stage of our journey. The pandemic has made our work more urgent than ever, and we are scaling up to meet this challenge. If you share our passion for ensuring progression is not determined by privilege, then we’d love to hear from you.
We actively work to improve diversity in Higher Education therefore personal experience of overcoming these barriers, or experience of supporting young people from underrepresented groups, will be a valuable asset to the organisation. We are a small and friendly team usually based in Hackney, London. Despite currently all working from home, we have established a number of ways to keep in regular contact and continue to support each other. We will go out of our way to welcome a new member of the team.
As Head of Partnerships, you will be key to expanding our regular income base, enabling Causeway to realise its vision, mission and strategic ambitions. Specifically, you will help us increase and deepen our corporate partnerships in order to grow our portfolio of annually funded programmes. These are likely to consist of workshops, mentoring and other services such as recruitment and content design to enhance the impact corporate outreach programmes. To this end, you will need to: Develop and deliver a strategic partnerships plan that supports the future sustainability of Causeway; Play a pivotal role in growing our corporate partnerships and increasing income generation; Communicate our impact and successes to cement existing relationships and develop new ones; Oversee long term relationships with all groups of stakeholders, including by supporting other staff across the organisation.

As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, you will input into overall strategy and take on other specific leadership responsibilities. One of these will be to oversee the delivery of Causeway’s communications and marketing strategy. Significant experience in this area is not an essential requirement for the role as we would expect to bring in external consultancy to help draw up a targeted strategy. We will also provide support through training where necessary.
to apply an appropriately high level of analytical skills.

For an informal chat: CEO, Sam Holmes (please use enquiries contact details available on website). Full-time, permanent post. Salary: £45,000 – £50,000. Closing date: 18 January 2021.


Widening Participation Officer, Marketing, Recruitment, Admissions and Communications, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

The purpose of this role is to support widening participation activities across a range of non-traditional groups. The team focuses on the development of alternative routes to enable students to access university regardless of age or background. You will contribute to this work across a range of existing current projects, activities and initiatives and be expected to support development work on new initiatives in line with the development of the University’s Access and Inclusion Strategy.

The Widening Participation Officer will be expected to engage with internal and external stakeholders and be a positive ambassador for Heriot-Watt University – both in the field and at on-campus events. By effective engagement with colleagues from Academic Schools, Professional Services and Support Services you will support widening participation work across the university.

The post-holder will work closely with teams in the following areas to optimise delivery and results:

  • Academic Schools: Aspiration raising and outreach events, marketing tools, collaborative engagement
  • Prospect Journey Team: Enquiries management, tailored communications
  • Marketing and Social Media: Web and social media presence, tailored marketing collateral, events
  • Alumni relations: Utilising alumni as advocates to act as ambassadors
  • Wellbeing team: co-ordinated support throughout the student journey for individual groups
  • Cross-university outreach, engagement and support staff: including the Academic Liaison and Outreach Co-ordinator, the Maths Gym Director, Scholar team, Learning and Teaching Academy

The University works closely and in partnership with a number of groups across the country, including the Schools for Higher Education Programmes (SHEP) and Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) to nurture and take students through to enrolment, including transition points.

The University has a global focus, including campuses in Scotland, Dubai and Malaysia. Whilst much of the work of the team is Scottish focussed it is expected that there will be some form of engagement going forward with other campuses as the University’s Widening Participation Strategy is further developed.

Full timer post but will consider flexible working patterns, e.g. part-time working and job share options. Salary: £26,715 to £30,942. Closing date: 22 January 2021.


DANCOP Lead Project Officer, Academic & Student Experience, University of Derby

We require an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Collaborative Outreach Programme (DANCOP) team as part of the Office for Students (OfS) funded Uni Connect programme. Which aims to identify and address issues around progression into Higher Education (HE). In particular, it seeks to undertake outreach activity in specific local areas where HE participation is low overall and lower than expected given GCSE attainment levels.

The Lead Project Officer role is to lead on the effective operational development and delivery of projects and activities that support the DANCOP aims, as directed by the DANCOP management team, working with school and college learners in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. As DANCOP Lead Project Officer, you will also have line management responsibilities for other team members.

You will be experienced in designing educational programmes of activity for young people; ideally focussed around raising aspirations to HE across a variety of both online and offline platforms as well as in school delivery. You will be required to work closely with school staff to ensure targeted provision is relevant and successfully delivered, monitored and evaluated.

Fixed term contract until 31 July 2021. Salary: £29,350 – £30,457 per annum. Closing date: 24 January 2021.


Learning & Teaching Manager, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Durham

The Learning and Teaching Manager will work towards enhancing the quality of existing programmes, contributing towards reviews and evaluation for the purposes of continual improvement. S/he will work with colleagues to inform planning and developments in line with strategy and mission statements, implementing new programmes and initiatives.
The Learning and Teaching Manager will manage a team of professional service staff, ensuring the provision of an efficient administrative service, supporting a wide range of teaching, learning and assessment activities from the point of student enrolment through to graduation, ensuring the student experience is at the forefront of delivery.
The department brings together research in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian, Japanese and Russian Studies. It is consistently ranked in the top five in national league tables, such as the Complete University Guide. The School’s reach spans Europe, the Arab world, Russophone Eurasia, Hispanic America, and East Asia, and their mutual socio-cultural, intellectual and linguistic relations.

For further information contact: Matthew Gildersleeve
The post is full time, fixed term for a 9-month period and may be offered on a secondment basis subject to the agreement of the current line manager. Salary:  £33,797 – £40,322 per annum. Closing date: 26 January 2021.


Widening Participation and Student Communications Officer, Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Sciences, University College London

A key part of the role will be developing and implementing a Widening Participation (WP) strategy across the faculty to diversify our student recruitment. This will involve working closely with departments and other divisions within UCL such as the WP office and UCL Culture. The role holder will identify and consolidate WP activity already active within departments, ensure that new projects have an ongoing engagement strategy and advise on WP activity for the faculty.

A smaller portion of the Widening Participation and Student Communications Officer role will involve working closely with the Head of Education & Student Experience in addition to the Faulty Education Team, and will encompass responsibility for all aspects of communications relating to students at a faculty level. This will include developing and maintaining websites, commissioning and producing content to support the work of the Faculty Education Team and liaising and coordinating with internal and external stakeholders.

Key stakeholders that you will work closely with in this role include the Head of Education & Student Experience, the Vice Dean (Education), the Vice Dean (EDI), Widening Participation BEAMS Access Officer and colleagues in the Office of the Vice Provost (Education and Student Affairs), Office of the Vice Provost (Advancement), UCL Communications & Marketing, UCL Culture and external organisations such as schools and charities.

Key Requirement: Undergraduate qualification in a relevant discipline, or equivalent professional experience.

For enquiries concerning this role, please contact Charlotte Choudhry, Communications & Marketing Manager –

Full-time post. Salary: £37K – £43K inclusive of London Allowance. Closing Date: 30 Jan 2021.


Data Strategist, Applied Inspiration

Applied Inspiration is 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. Applied Inspiration is looking for an experienced, driven individual who has excellent skills and knowledge relating to data and data systems in higher education. This flexible, part-time role will support our various services, particularly the SEER (Specialist Evidence, Evaluation & Research) service, which supports HE institutions with their access and participation commitments.

The role will deliver a range of tasks relating to data collation, analyses, visualisation and developing data infrastructures. It will include liaison with and advising clients, as well as working within Applied Inspiration to develop our data capacities. This role will be exciting and varied. It will appeal to someone with a love of all things data and an interest in fair access and participation, evaluation, research, data and monitoring in higher education.

Flexible, home-based position. If you require further information, or wish to discuss this role, please contact who will be able to arrange a discussion with the Managing Director.

Part time post. Flexible out-of-hours timings available. Salary: £30,000 – £34,000, pro rata depending on experience. Closing date: 31 January 2021. Interviews expected to be held w/c 8 February 2021.


Trustee, What Works for Children in Social Care

What Works for Children in Social Care is seeking new trustees who: are committed to ensuring children and families in contact with the care system are effectively supported; can help WWCSC think long term and strategically; have strong communication skills and a critical and curious mind; have the ability to influence key stakeholders within their sphere of expertise and more widely; and understand how complex systems operate and can be improved. Deadline for applications: 31 January 2021.


Head of Supporter Services, Development and Alumni Relations (DARO), University of Bristol

This new role will lead the recently formed Supporter Services team of 9 systems, gifts and data specialists, coaching and supporting individuals across the team as well as developing a holistic and strategic approach to our systems, data, gift administration and reporting activity. With a supporter focussed outlook, you will create an outstanding supporter experience through development of high quality programmes and processes. The Head of Supporter Services will create robust project and change management guidelines for the team and ensure compliance with regulations, implementing best practice across the Supporter Services remit and leading the team in keeping the supporter experience central to all activity. The Development and Alumni Relations (DARO) team are all motivated by the impact of their work and shared vision to ‘unite our global community to inspire positive change and transform people’s lives’.

You will have experience of systems, data and financial management as well as strategic and operational planning in a large, ambitious team, ideally in a fundraising and engagement environment. You will be proficient in balancing the broader aims and ambitions of the team with an ability to support highly nuanced, complex and individual programmes. You will be comfortable explaining complex information to colleagues from a range of backgrounds and providing training and support in a group or individual setting. You will support the Deputy Director – Head of Development Services in leading and developing the Development Services team as a core part of DARO. You will have a strong belief in the importance of universities to society, and a good knowledge of the challenges facing fundraising and alumni engagement programmes.

For more information please contact Sandra Jackson, Deputy Director & Head of Development Services on +44(0)117 394 1052 or by emailing

Full time, open-ended post. Salary: £44,045 – £49,533 per annum. Closing date: 31 January 2021.


Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Diversity and Inclusion Team, University of Central Lancashire,

The EDI Manager role provides an exciting opportunity to help support and shape UCLan’s strategic approach to ensuring that equality, diversity and inclusion principles and actions are embedded in all that we do in relation to staff, students and stakeholders. This opportunity will support the role of the Director of EDI in developing an EDI strategy, supporting key initiatives such as working towards equality charter marks, reviewing UCLan’s EDI leads network and developing metrics that will assist in tracking progress against our EDI KPIs

The opportunity comes at a critical time for EDI work at UCLan as it seeks to build on its reputation as a widening participation university as well as the global focus on inequalities. The successful candidate will have some experience of implementing EDI initiatives as well as being involved in EDI strategy/policy development. In addition, the successful candidate will have the ability to gain support for EDI and to build relationships across the institution that will effect change.

Excellent communication skills will be key in sharing key messages and information in relation to the work that will be developed. A higher degree level qualification or equivalent is essential. We are seeking someone who is available for immediate start. For any informal inquiries, please contact Pradeep Passi: This position is based in Preston.

Full time, fixed term contract until 1 August 2021. Salary: £44,045 – £51,034). Closing date: 31 January 2021.


Student Experience Officer (City Cares), Student and Academic Services, City University of London

The City Cares programme is our dedicated support provision for care-experienced students, young unpaid adult carers, young independent estranged students and refugee/asylum seekers. We aim to ensure students from these backgrounds access a holistic range of support, services and activities to improve their student experience, progression, success and employability. We are looking to recruit a Student Experience Officer to deliver the programme on a fixed-term basis until 3 January 2022 to cover a period of secondment.

As City Care’s designated member of staff, the successful candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day delivery of City Cares and be the main point of contact for students registered on the programme. To do this successfully the Student Experience Officer will work closely with students and collaboratively with colleagues across City in academic Schools and other Professional Services. They will keep up to date with sector best practice to inform the future strategic direction of City Cares. They will signpost students to appropriate advice and guidance, develop policy documents, coordinate and deliver visit days and induction events. They will be responsible for maintaining accurate and up-to-date student records including case management and support the evaluation of student data, trends and feedback ensuring a cycle of continuous improvement.

To excel in this role, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate their commitment to widening access and participation in HE for students from underrepresented groups and determination to overcome barriers impeding effective student engagement. Their ability to empathise with and have a well-informed understanding of the needs of City Cares students as well as the broader student experience, will ensure they can successfully deliver the City Cares programme and achieve positive outcomes for our students. The post-holder will be adaptable and have excellent interpersonal skills, including diplomacy, sensitivity and discretion and will have resilience for managing complex situations. Excellent organisational skills and strong written and verbal communication skills are also essential requirements.

Full-time Fixed Term post. Salary: £30,046 to £36,914. Closing date: 2 February 2021. Interviews are likely to be held remotely on 10 February 2021


Senior External Engagement Manager, Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FASS), The Open University, Milton Keynes
The role-holder will support and, as needed, deputise for the Faculty’s Head of External Engagement (EE) in advancing Objective 5 of the Faculty’s 2019-2024 strategic plan, namely, to strengthen and expand enterprise, partnership, and engagement activities across curriculum, teaching and learning, and research and scholarship. As EE is still establishing itself, the specific responsibilities of the role will, to some extent, evolve as EE continues to develop and crystallise. The person in the Senior External Engagement Manager role will need to be suitably flexible in their thinking and behaviour. Equally, a number of external relationships are already established and held by FASS colleagues, and the role-holder will need to be sensitive to this and adopt a collaborative approach to relationship cultivation and stewardship, while also being proactive in suggesting ways to build on established relationships as appropriate.

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.

For more detailed information about the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences please visit

Widening Participation. The OU is rooted in social justice principles and therefore seeks to recruit candidates with a reasonable understanding of the socio-historical background to inequalities underpinning UK society. We would welcome applications from people from Black, Asian or other minority ethnic groups. We would also encourage people with networks of contacts in the midlands and north of England to apply. All appointment decisions will be made on merit, following a fair and competitive process.

Permanent, full-time. Salary: £41,526 to £49,553 per annum. Closing Date: midday, 7 February, 2021.