Widening Participation Officer

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
26,243 - GBP 31,302 per annum (Grade 4)
12 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
26 Jun 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

Application closing date 26/06/2019
Salary 26,243 - GBP 31,302 per annum (Grade 4)
Package Plus excellent benefits

Job description

Further your career with Edinburgh Napier University 

We are currently looking for two Widening Participation Officers to join our team.

Our Widening Participation team works in partnership across the university and externally to reduce barriers and enable fairness in access to higher education for groups that are under-represented at university.  The team also supports students to make the journey into and through the university, through tailored transition activities to improve retention, engagement and success. 

The team works collaboratively across the university with all of our academic schools and service areas.  Our aim to become the sector leader for widening participation, facilitating the future success of all our students, irrespective of background, through a focus on access, engagement and attainment.

Based in the heart of Scotland's historic and culturally rich capital city, Edinburgh Napier University is a forward-thinking institution home to forward-thinking people, inspired by the world around them.

The role

We are looking for someone who is passionate about widening access and believes that those with the talent and potential to succeed should be given the opportunity to access higher education. You will have excellent communication skills and the ability to engage with people from a wide range of backgrounds.

The successful candidate will assist in the development and delivery of recruitment and transition activities/workshops and provide advice and guidance to potential applicants. We currently work with a number of schools and colleges across Scotland.  We also work collaboratively with external partners (LEAPS, Lift-off, SWAP, Aspire North, Focus West) and other universities to deliver Widening Participation activity.

Please note there will be some travel required in this role, therefore a full driving license would be advantageous.  This role will involve some evening and weekend working.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for someone who is educated to degree level (or with proven experience in a related field within the university or college sectors). You will have an up to date knowledge of the college and university education system and an understanding of Widening Participation and the barriers these students face in accessing higher education.

You will have demonstrable experience in developing resources and materials and delivering workshops.

Be a strong communicator with excellent relationship building skills and have strong demonstrable experience of developing and managing relationships with external and internal stakeholders. As this role is largely student facing, candidates should be able to evidence strong customer service.  You will be comfortable with working to agreed deadlines and enjoy working within a team environment.

You will ideally have:

  • Proven relevant experience in higher or further education
  • Demonstrable organisational skills 
  • Proven ability to prioritise workloads, meet deadlines and work within a team.
  • Experience of IT, proficiency in Microsoft packages 

To know more about this exciting opportunity please click here to view the role profile

Benefits we offer

In return, we offer a great working environment where we support ambition, recognise achievement and offer an attractive benefits package. This includes a minimum of 36 days annual leave (includes bank holidays), a generous pension scheme, professional development opportunities, discounted access to onsite sports facilities and a wide range of other staff discounts

Salary: GBP 26,243 - GBP 31,302 per annum (Grade 4)

This role does not meet the minimum requirements set by UKVI to enable sponsorship of migrant workers. Therefore, we cannot progress applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK. For further information on this, please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

Additional Information

Advert Closes : Wednesday 26th June (midnight GMT)

Interviews set to be held on 8th and 9th July 2019

Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG)  

This post is subject to registration with the Protection of Vulnerable Groups scheme, for regulated work with children and/or protected adults as appropriate. Employment in this post is conditional on the successful post holder being able to obtain/holding PVG scheme membership. The successful candidate will not be permitted to commence employment until this has been confirmed. 

Information provided will be kept confidential and individuals will not be discriminated against unnecessarily due to non-relevant offending background. If you require further information on the PVG scheme, please visit Disclosure Scotland PVG scheme

The University is committed to inclusion, demonstrated through our work in respect of our diversity awards and accreditation's (Advance HE's Athena SWAN Charter) and holds Disability Confident, Carer Positive and Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion status.  More details can be found here.