Vacancies

Vacancies are uploaded several times each week from a wide range of job opportunities – in outreach, admissions, recruitment, student retention, student services, policy and research, senior management – from across the sector. Not just from universities and colleges, but from many third sector, not-for-profit, commercial, policy-orientated, student orientated, and regional and national organisations.

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Deputy Head of Social Mobility, Ministry of Justice

The MoJ Deputy Head of Social Mobility will manage and monitor a varied portfolio of social mobility focused programmes which are directly aligned to the delivery of strategic priorities relating to social inclusion. Reporting to the MoJ Head of Social Mobility & Operational Delivery Profession Lead (HoSM/ODP Lead), the Deputy Head of Social Mobility will take a lead role in ensuring that all programmes are delivered to the highest quality and to set timescales, standards and within allocated budget.
The Deputy Head of Social Mobility will lead, and provide direction to, a team of experts who administer the core social mobilty programmes. In addition, the role will provide support and direction to a range of stakeholders across the civil service to design and develop new interventions enhancing the scope and intersectionality of our work.
MoJ’s portfolio of interventions offers a range of opportunities both externally and internally at a departmental and cross government level, including but not limited to schools events, work experience, mentoring and internships.
Key responsibilities will include:

  • supporting the MoJ Head of Social Mobility & Operational Delivery Profession Lead (HoSM/ODP Lead) with the development and implementation of the MoJ Social Mobility Strategy
  • postholder will liaise with stakeholders within MoJ and across the civil service to support the development and delivery of a cross MoJ Operational Delivery Profession strategy providing advice and guidance
  • managing a high performing team to deliver the MoJ Social Mobility Programme objectives
    developing and maintaining effective working relationships with stakeholders within and outside government
  • managing and engaging partnering organisations, including UK schools, universities, charities, social mobility ambassadors, partner government departments, mentees, mentors and work experience students.

Job is national but could be based around the regions.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging.
Permanent full-time post. Salary: £36,049 – £47,591 dependent on your base location. Closing date: 7 December 2021.

 

Widening Participation Advisor (Turing), Association of Commonwealth Universities, London

The Widening Participation Advisor is an exciting new role that will support the ACU’s contribution to the successful delivery of the UK Government’s flagship outward mobility Turing, led by Capita and supported by the ACU and other partners. This role is central to the strategy of widening participation and access within the Turing Mobility Scheme. This is a rare opportunity to contribute to a leading global mobility scheme supporting the most disadvantaged students from schools, colleges and universities to access international mobility for study and work, delivering transformative opportunities for individuals and communities across the UK.

The focus of the role will be in Staffordshire and Derbyshire working with Schools, the Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) sector to encourage and increase participation in the scheme. The WP Advisor will work with school networks, FE and HE departments and institutions to support proposal development and to strengthen access and equity approaches.  The Advisor will develop a partnership strategy for both counties to encourage and support participation from students/departments/institutions who have not had access to the programme. They will build access for students who are from deprived or under-represented in the scheme and support teachers, lecturers and administrators at school, FE and HE level to develop workable partnership proposals.

The advisor will work with the core Turing Team to ensure familiarity with criteria, project milestones and evaluation timelines to support proposals. The Advisor will develop a network of relationships to support project proposals and provide insight and feedback where proposals can be improved.

Permanent, full-time post. Salary: £34,136 – £40,014 per annum. Closing date: 8 December 2021.

 

Widening Participation Advisor (Turing), Association of Commonwealth Universities

This role is central to the ACU strategy of widening participation and access within the Turing Mobility Scheme, the UK Government’s flagship outward mobility Turing, led by Capita and supported by the ACU and other partners. The focus of the Widening Participation Advisor (Turing) role will be in Staffordshire and Derbyshire working with Schools, the Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) sector to encourage and increase participation in the scheme. The WP Advisor will work with school networks, FE and HE departments and institutions to support proposal development and to strengthen access and equity approaches. The Advisor will develop a partnership strategy for both counties to encourage and support participation from students/departments/institutions who have not had access to the programme. They will build access for students who are from deprived or under-represented in the scheme and support teachers, lecturers and administrators at school, FE and HE level to develop workable partnership proposals.

This is a rare opportunity to contribute to a leading global mobility scheme supporting the most disadvantaged students from schools, colleges and universities to access international mobility for study and work, delivering transformative opportunities for individuals and communities across the UK. The ACU is an international organisation dedicated to building a better world through higher education – international collaboration is central to this ambition. By bringing universities together from around the world – and crucially the people who study and work within them – the ACU helps to advance knowledge, promote understanding, broaden minds, and improve lives. The ACU champions higher education as a cornerstone of stronger societies, supporting our members, partners, and stakeholders as they adapt to a changing world.

Some of the skills you need to be able to demonstrate include:

  • experience or expertise in supporting partnerships and project proposals
  • strong interpersonal skills and the ability to influence a range of stakeholders, including at a senior level, and with the ability to act with tact and diplomacy.
  • experience of working across at least one sector (Schools, the FE and/ or HE) with knowledge of the other two sectors

Working in London WC1H: Hybrid working, with around 40% of the time per month being office based, you will be employed by ACU Trading Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary.

Full-time, fixed-term post for 12 months (with potential to extend) or secondments from the HE, FE or Schools sector. Salary: £34,136 – £40,014 per annum. Closing date: 10th December 2021.

 

Head of Student Recruitment and Portfolio Development, Institute of Education, University of Cumbria

Reporting directly to the Director of the Institute of Education, you will develop and implement the Institute of Education’s Student Recruitment Plan and develop the Institute’s Portfolio in line with the University’s strategic plans for portfolio growth. You will also lead and manage the development and delivery of the Institute’s Collaborative provision and play a significant role in developing and maintaining relationships with our external stakeholders.  This role offers an ideal opportunity to contribute to the development and future direction of this successful institute.

The university is currently delivering a new strategic plan focused on making the most of our three most valuable assets; People, Place and Partnerships, to become a catalyst for economic well-being for our region, nationally and internationally.

Using your experience as a successful senior academic leader, you will have an academic background and the ability to lead others in the design and development, staffing and delivery of a range of programmes of study at various levels.  You will also ensure the implementation of effective recruitment, widening participation and other relevant University strategies to ensure the provision of high-quality learning opportunities.

The ability to develop effective partnership working with colleagues involved in recruitment activity, as well as identifying and delivering effective linkages with a range of regional and national stakeholders, within the current teacher development landscape, form an integral part of the role.

Informal Enquiries: Ruth Harrison-Palmer, Director of the Institute of Education, ruth.harrison-palmer@cumbria.ac.uk

Permanent, full-time post. Salary: £63,083 per annum. Closing date: 12 December 2021.

 

Student Recruitment Assistant posts, University of Sunderland

Our Post 16 Schools, Colleges and Partnerships Team are a highly flexible, highly professional outward facing student recruitment team who work across the North East region and the wider UK providing innovative and engaging outreach. We are now expanding our team and are looking for extremely motivated and effective Student Recruitment Assistants to join us.

You will become an integral part of this busy team and will plan and carry out a variety of student recruitment and outreach activity, both on and off campus, face to face and virtually. You will have outstanding attention to detail and excellent organisational skills as well as being able to engage with students of all ages. You will be self-motivated, able to work independently and use your initiative to help students build vital transferable skills and lay the foundations for a successful university experience.

To be considered for these posts you will be educated to degree level or equivalent relevant qualification; have demonstrable experience of working within a student recruitment or related function and of delivering outstanding presentations and workshops to post 16 age students within schools and colleges.

For further information contact Carole Green, UK Student Recruitment and Partnerships Manager at carole.green-1@sunderland.ac.uk for more information.

Full time, permanent posts. Salary: £21,461 to £25,630 per annum. Closing date: 12 December 2021.

 

Student Recruitment Outreach Manager (Post 16), Widening Participation and Outreach, University of Nottingham

This is an exciting and rewarding role, which contributes to the effective implementation of the University’s student recruitment and widening participation strategies.

The Student Recruitment Outreach Manager (Post 16) will co-lead a team of Post 16 outreach officers and an administrator. You will be responsible for managing, developing, and evaluating an innovative programme of events and activities, aimed at encouraging students from all backgrounds to progress to higher education and specifically to make the University of Nottingham their preferred choice for study.

You will be able to demonstrate significant relevant skills and experience appropriate to the post, including experience in programme, event, and team management at a strategic level as well as excellent communication, interpersonal, presentation and organisation skills. In addition, you will require the ability to build and develop a strong rapport with academic staff, professional services colleagues, and students from across the University as well as staff from local and national schools and colleges. You will be a strong team player, have excellent IT skills and have the ability to manage a varied and demanding workload, working proactively under pressure to meet deadlines, and managing multiple projects and staff concurrently.

The role is based in the Widening Participation and Outreach Team at the King’s Meadow Campus, but involves some travel to schools, colleges, and other venues around the UK. Some of these venues are rural and sometimes quite remote; therefore, you must have a full driving licence, access to your own transport and business insurance, unless a disability precludes this. This role also involves some evening and weekend work.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Peter Bruce, tel: 0115 84 67745 or at peter.bruce@nottingham.ac.uk

Full-time, permanent basis, though applications are also welcome from candidates wishing to work part-time (minimum 29 hours per week). Salary: £31406 to £40927 per annum. Closing date: 12 December 2021.

 

Head of Student Recruitment and Portfolio Development, Institute of Education, University of Cumbria

Reporting directly to the Director of the Institute of Education, the Head of Student Recruitment and Portfolio Development will develop and implement the Institute of Education’s Student Recruitment Plan and develop the Institute’s Portfolio in line with the University’s strategic plans for portfolio growth. You will also lead and manage the development and delivery of the Institute’s Collaborative provision and play a significant role in developing and maintaining relationships with our external stakeholders.  This role offers an ideal opportunity to contribute to the development and future direction of this successful institute.

Using your experience as a successful senior academic leader, you will have an academic background and the ability to lead others in the design and development, staffing and delivery of a range of programmes of study at various levels.  You will also ensure the implementation of effective recruitment, widening participation and other relevant University strategies to ensure the provision of high-quality learning opportunities.

The ability to develop effective partnership working with colleagues involved in recruitment activity, as well as identifying and delivering effective linkages with a range of regional and national stakeholders, within the current teacher development landscape, form an integral part of the role.

Informal Enquiries: Ruth Harrison-Palmer, Director of the Institute of Education, ruth.harrison-palmer@cumbria.ac.uk

Permanent, full-time post. Salary: up to £63,083 per annum. Closing date: 12 December 2021.

 

Outreach Specialist, Coventry University

The Outreach Specialist will be leading on an externally funded project working in collaboration with Coventry City Council, Fab Lab and bringing together other outreach programmes to support students who are ‘Not in Education Employment or Training’ (NEET) aged between 16-29.

The Outreach Specialist will support the transition periods between education from Level 2 to Level 3 and from Level 3 to university. This will be done through signposting to programmes and mentoring applicants as individuals to guide them through the processes to remove barriers to education.

The post-holder will work closely with the outreach, widening participation and regional recruitment teams and be responsible for delivering a range of activities across regions, as identified by the Outreach Manager. In doing so the Outreach Specialist will support the Coventry University Group’s Access and Participation Plan that emphasises attainment raising activities in schools and colleges whilst supporting recruitment activity. The post-holder will deliver a suite of activities with schools and colleges and will support our work with strategic partners and networks, as well as working closely with academics and professional services staff to create and enhance local delivery to meet national direction and Group-wide targets.

Full time, 2-year fixed term post. Salary: c. £28,000 per annum depending on experience. Closing date: 14 December 2021.

 

Head of Student Finance, University of Warwick

The University Finance Office is seeking to appoint a Head of Student Finance to lead the Student Finance function. Reporting to the Deputy Finance Director for Financial Control and Projects, you will be responsible for improving the overall performance and efficiency of our collections processes, enhance our fee generation methods and ensure continued financial control over c£350 million of receipts. The purpose of the role is to develop and lead the Student Finance team to provide efficient and effective fee administration, financial control and Student Collection services to internal and external stakeholders while maintaining robust financial procedures; as well as developing systems, processes and reporting which enhance current levels of performance.
You will be a fully qualified accountant, ideally with strong experience in credit management and collection issues. We are seeking a strong leader with excellent management, organisational and communication skills, you will supervise and monitor a Student Collections team of 7 staff in posts ranging grades 3 to 6, a Student Finance team – eight staff in posts ranging grades 3 to 7, and dotted line reports from the PGR Funding and Student Funding teams to advise them on financial matters). We are looking for proven experience of managing process change and improvements.

Full time, permanent post. Salary: £51,799 – £60,022 per annum. Closing date: 14 December 2021.

 

University Partnerships Officer, University Partnerships Team, The Brilliant Club

We are excited to be recruiting a University Partnerships Officer to join the University Partnerships team. This is a new role that will support us to continually deliver exceptional university events for the pupils while we increase the scale of The Scholars Programme as set out in Join the Club.

The successful candidate will be highly experienced in organising and delivering widening participation events and enjoy event management. They will ensure that the design and delivery of university events are of a high standard and provide a rich, sector leading experience to pupils from a range of age groups. They will have excellent stakeholder management skills to develop positive working relationships with universities, ensuring that the partnerships remain stable and continue contribute the widening participation priorities of each of our university partners. They will be highly organised, detail-oriented and able to plan effectively for busy time periods. We mobilise the PhD community to support students who are less advantaged to access the most competitive universities and succeed when they get there. Between 2021 and 2026, we will work with 100,000 students across the UK to help them to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to access the most competitive universities. We estimate that this will result in 30,000 of these young people progressing to a competitive university.

The Brilliant Club exists to increase the number of pupils from underrepresented backgrounds progressing to highly selective universities. We think it is important that our charity reflects the lived experience of our beneficiaries, and we want to be an organisation where employees from any background can thrive. We particularly welcome applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans including non-binary (LGBTQ+) candidates, and candidates from low-income families. These groups are currently underrepresented at The Brilliant Club and we are committed to increasing representation and diversity at the charity

Further Details Please visit www.thebrilliantclub.org or call Nato Asaturov on 020 3005 3341

Based One of our UK offices – London, Leeds, Birmingham, Cardiff, including frequent travel across the UK.

Full time, fixed term contract 12-months, some evenings and weekends required. Salary: £30,829 (plus £2,000 London weighting if applicable). Closing date: 15 December 2021.

 

Inclusion and Learning Lead, EDI Team, SOAS 

This role is responsible for delivering our central learning offer by providing technical, cultural and soft skills training to colleagues across SOAS. The post holder is responsible for designing and delivering learning curriculum as well as working with other members of the team to develop bespoke training for staff. The successful candidate should have the ability to apply practical experience and communicate effectively in a learning environment using different channels such as in person workshops, virtual classrooms, or self-administered learning options across different audiences. This role at its core needs to be attentive to the diversity and inclusion developments in the sector and in the institution and integrate them into the work. Working collaboratively with the Diversity and Inclusion Manager, the post holder will raise the profile of equality, diversity, and inclusion issues as they apply to staff and students and build an inclusive culture at SOAS.

For an informal chat please contact Jumara Stone, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, at js138@soas.ac.uk.

Permanent, full-time post. Salary: £37, 920.50 – £44, 543.50 (including London Allowance). Closing date: 2 January 2022.

 

Schools and Colleges Engagement Officer (Outreach), 2 posts, Corporate Marketing, Anglia Ruskin University

To support delivery against the targets set in the university’s Access and Participation Plan, as well as their Education Action Plan, a fantastic opportunity for two Outreach Officers (one permanent and one 24 months fixed-term) to join the growing Schools and Colleges Engagement team within the Directorate of Corporate Marketing.

Your primary responsibility will be to work alongside the team to develop a range of face-to-face, and virtual, activities that engage core target groups of primary, secondary and Further Education students both on and off campus. This includes but is not limited to, care leaver/experienced students, students with SEND, students from Military Families and students from Gypsy / Roma / Traveller Communities. Most activity programmes will be progressive, and all will focus on raising aspirations and increasing attainment.

With a degree or part qualified in a relevant professional qualification at degree level or demonstrable experience and evidence of CPD, you’ll have experience of, and be passionate about, working with diverse groups of people from primary age students to mature students, as well as their parents/carers and teachers/advisors. You will be well-informed about progression routes to higher education and interested in supporting young people and mature learners take their next steps from school or college with confidence.

With an enthusiastic and proactive approach, you’ll be an innovative, creative thinker, patient and highly organised. You’ll demonstrate excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills and you must be able to engage and inspire those around you. It is important that you can develop and maintain relationships with a wide range of colleagues, partners and external stakeholders. Confidence with organising and presenting group activities is essential.

ARU has campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford, London and Peterborough with around 2,500 staff and 35,000 students from 180 countries.  With a focussed civic mission, we are committed to working with others through education, research and knowledge exchange to enhance the economic, cultural and social wellbeing of the communities in which we work and live. You’ll be based at either our Cambridge or Chelmsford campus with the option of remote working. Regular travel to schools and colleges, occasional travel between campuses, and occasional work outside of normal office hours is expected. It is expected that interviews will take place week commencing Monday 17 January 2022.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr. Katie Groves, Outreach and Evaluation Manager, at katie.groves@aru.ac.uk

Permanent/fixed term (2 Years) posts. Salary: £27,116 to £32,344 per annum. Closing date: 4 January 2022.

 

Graduate Access and Widening Participation Project Coordinator, Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Office, University Offices, University of Oxford

This is a new pivotal role to manage and deliver innovative and ground-breaking access and WP initiatives in graduate study. The Graduate Access and Widening Participation Project Coordinator will be responsible for two key workstreams. The first will be the management and delivery, working in close collaboration with the equivalent Project Coordinator at the University of Cambridge, of a joint project, partly funded by the Office of Students and Research England, to improve access to postgraduate research for Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic students. The project aims to propose and test alternatives for the selection of research students. The second workstream will be Oxford-specific, and will include the development and management of some of Oxford’s initiatives in graduate access and widening participation.

This would be an excellent opportunity for candidates who can demonstrate day-to-day project management experience on large or multi-stakeholder projects, and who have a genuine interest in, and commitment to, access and WP work. As this is an emerging area of interest for the collegiate University, this is an exciting time to be involved in these projects, and there will be ample opportunity for the post-holder to shape strategies and new activity.

Full time, fixed term for 4 years post. Salary: £33,309– £40,927 per annum. Closing date: noon, 5 January 2022.

 

Higher Education Liaison Officer (Study Higher), Marketing, Recruitment and Engagement, Oxford Brookes University

The University is seeking a self-motivated and enthusiastic individual to work closely with secondary schools and FE colleges, designing and delivering aspirational activities for groups of young people. The Higher Education Liaison Officer will work closely with a small portfolio of schools and colleges in Swindon to increase participation in Higher Education for students from backgrounds currently underrepresented. The post holder will be responsible for managing relationships with a number of schools and colleges, delivering outreach projects and activities to target learners. The role includes: managing the Study Higher relationship with a portfolio of target schools and colleges in Swindon through developing relationships with key members of staff; designing and delivering creative aspiration and attainment-raising activities for groups of learners in target schools and colleges; providing 1-1/small group mentoring and other support to students; coordinating visits to partner institutions from groups of students in target schools and colleges; developing relationships with partners and other parties whilst using a strategic approach to advertise and support the broader Study Higher offer; collaborating with other Higher Education Liaison Officers working across Study Higher to deliver regional projects and activities; working predominantly with schools in Swindon, although also supporting delivery across the Study Higher region which includes Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Swindon.

The university is looking for: a comprehensive knowledge of the secondary, tertiary and higher education sectors; understanding and belief in the widening participation agenda; the ability to communicate effectively and persuasively with students, teachers and university partners; capability to work autonomously; a creative approach to your work and an enthusiasm to develop activities in a collaborative environment using current best practice.

Full time, permanent post. Salary: £27,924 rising annually to £30,497 per annum. Closing date: 5 January 2022

 

 

Faculty Education and Student Experience Senior Manager, University of Nottingham

We are expanding our Faculty Hub Team to support delivery of our Faculty Business Plan and the Faculty Education and Student Experience Senior Manager is a new role in the team. This is a fantastic opportunity to join our friendly Faculty Hub Team and work with experienced ESE leads in schools and faculties to enable improvements in the quality of education and student experience. You will have the opportunity to make a difference to thousands of students in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences who are studying to make a difference to the health of people and animals.

Working in partnership with the Faculty Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Education and Student Experience you will develop and implement the education and student experience (ESE) elements of our Faculty Business Plan, which is aligned to the University’s ESE Strategic Delivery Plan. You will build a community of practice with school level and faculty level ESE leads to develop and share best practice. There will be scope to lead on projects and initiatives and manage key quality assurance and enhancement processes.

You will need a good understanding of the key issues, trends, opportunities and challenges in relation to ESE in the higher education sector as well as experience leading strategic projects. The ability to build effective, collaborative relationships is essential, as are strong influencing and problem-solving skills. A good honours degree (or equivalent) or extensive relevant work experience is essential, and a relevant professional qualification is desirable.

You will be based in the Medical School Building, near University Park, but will be supported to work from a variety of locations (including from home) to meet the needs of the role. Part-time, minimum 29 hours considered. Informal enquiries to Katherine Tallant, email katherine.tallant@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK

Full time, permanent post. Salary: £40,927 – £50,296 pa. Closing date: 9 January 2022.

 

Deputy Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI), central EDI Team, University of St Andrews

Deputy Head of EDI post reports to the Head of Equality & Diversity (line management).  The role will support the Head of E&D to provide reporting and undertake meetings with members of the Principal’s Office, on institution-wide progression of funding related accreditation, and statutory legal reporting. The Deputy Head of EDI will deputise for the Head of E&D on managing the EDI Team and its functions, which centrally leads, advises, guides and supports all functions of the University on equality, diversity and inclusion and human rights matters.

Expertise and knowledge of the post holder acts as a core central resource to deliver one of the four University Strategy themes: ‘Diverse St Andrews’, through line management by the Head of E&D. The post provides a strong strategic and operational service to all schools and units, with an enhanced level of service provided to HR teams in terms of data reporting, recruitment, and to HR Business Partners on legislative compliance regarding bullying, harassment, discrimination and policy development/review.

This post will primarily be based at the Eden Campus at Guardbridge, a state-of-the-art working environment for professional services units. Further information and informal enquiries may be directed to Sukhi Bains, Head of Equality & Diversity, email: sb104@st-andrews.ac.uk, Tel: 01334 461649.

Full time, permanent post. Salary: £42,149- £51,799 per annum. Closing Date: 31 January 2022.