Access and Participation Evaluation Officer

Southampton, United Kingdom
£31,406 to £38,587 per annum
30 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
27 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Widening Participation & Social Mobility

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £31,406 to £38,587 per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Wednesday 27 July 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1883022HL

The Widening Participation and Social Mobility Directorate (WPSM) at the University of Southampton has responsibility for meeting the ambitious targets of the University’s Access and Participation Plan (APP) which aims to improve the access, success and progression of students from underrepresented groups and disadvantaged backgrounds. 

It is seeking to appoint an exceptional individual to join as the Access and Participation Evaluation Officer who will play a fundamental role in contributing to these efforts by ensuring that a sound and holistic approach to evaluation is undertaken, recorded and disseminated. 

The Role 

The postholder will coach colleagues within WPSM to plan evaluation of their respective activities, empowering them to develop theories of change for all new and existing initiatives and to support them in exploring methods for measuring success against our objectives.  Using this information, the postholder will have responsibility for further developing our evaluative framework to ensure we are appropriately reporting back progress to our regulator, the Office for Students (OfS). Our approach to evaluation goes beyond just our regulatory requirements, however. We want to create a creative evaluative culture that mirrors the research led focus of the University of Southampton, simultaneously capturing the genuine passion and curiosity of our staff to contribute to real social change.  The successful candidate will therefore seek to embed reflective, evidence informed practice that inspires continuous improvement, leading by example to reflect and contribute to the interplay between policy, theory and practice. Finally, the successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing our approach to data and monitoring, ensuring quality and compliance with GDPR.  

What we’re looking for  

You will have proven experience of evaluation having managed complex projects, with an in-depth understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods. You will be familiar with the management of large and often complex datasets and have the ability to analyse and present findings to multiple stakeholders. You will be confident in your communication with fellow colleagues, encouraging them to adopt an evidence-based approach to the design of their work, sharing ways in which measures of success can be adequately captured. You will have excellent organisational skills and be agile in response to calls for evidence of evaluation, providing timely responses.  

Whilst experience of working within the widening access and participation sector is advantageous, it is not essential, so long as you have an understanding of the role evaluation plays within our work and in meeting our regulatory requirements and a keen empathy of our agenda.  

What we can offer you 

The role is offered on a full-time, permanent basis and will offer hybrid working from home and at our lively Highfield Campus where you will have access to our sports complex, Hartley Library and Staff Social Centre. We offer some fantastic benefits including 44 days leave per year (inclusive of bank holidays and University closure days), options for flexible working, excellent family leave arrangements (including maternity, paternity, adoption, parental and carers leave), a wide variety of on and off-campus arts and culture facilities and access to a range of staff discounts and offers at local shops, restaurants and service providers. As a university we aim to create an inclusive environment that attracts, supports and retains the best students and staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences from across the world. WPSM is proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity. We select candidates on the basis of merit and ability, and aspire to thrive In the diversity of our workforce. We welcome applications from all candidates with an interest in the role and those who are committed to helping us create an inclusive work environment. We encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, people who identify as LGBTQ+; and people with disabilities. For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Dr Emma Thompson, Head of Enhancement  

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Nash (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1883022HL on all correspondence.

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