Academic Skills Manager (Pre-Entry)

Southampton, United Kingdom
£36,386 to £39,745 Per annum
05 Dec 2022
End of advertisement period
02 Jan 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Widening Participation & Social Mobility

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £36,386 to £39,745 Per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Monday 02 January 2023
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  2087522HL

The Widening Participation and Social Mobility Directorate (WPSM) is tasked with 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.

The Enhancement team of WPSM supports this aim through the targeted provision of academic skills across the student lifecycle, adopting a sound and holistic approach to evaluation to ensure it is successful. We are seeking to appoint an exceptional individual to join as the Academic Skills Manager for our pre-entry provision. 

The Role

The postholder will be responsible for shaping the University’s pre-entry academic skills provision, leading its award-winning Learn with US Transition Programme. The programme seeks to facilitate the access of students from underrepresented backgrounds into Higher Education by identifying and championing initiatives to raise attainment, working closely with schools and colleges. In particular, we work to support the delivery of research-based learning, like the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). This work not only helps facilitate students’ access to university but crucially smooths their transition to a new style of learning, promoting their continued academic success and progression. 

The role will see the postholder draw upon their experience of academic research and teaching to develop and deliver academic skills learning resources (lectures, workshops, videos etc) to be delivered in schools and colleges and on campus, also overseeing the work of two Academic Skills Officers. The postholder will build and maintain strategically significant relationships with relevant stakeholders to identify new opportunities that supports the evolution, promotion and dissemination of the programme and its success. 

About You

You will have detailed understanding of the challenges that exist within both Higher and Further Education, perhaps having worked in academic and teaching environments. Through this experience you will have had the opportunity to manage the work of others and be able to lead calmly but with energy and enthusiasm. You will also be a confident communicator, able to deliver in an engaging way to a student audience. 

You will be a proactive individual who can identify important opportunities to advance our work, combined with the ability to drive initiatives forward. This is an enjoyable and exciting role and we are keen to work with individuals who share our passion for the transformative potential of research based learning, like the EPQ. 

To find out more about the programme please visit our Learn with US Transition website. You are also encouraged to have an informal chat with the Head of Enhancement, Dr Emma Thompson, to learn more about the role and the team. Emma can be contacted via email  

The role is offered on a full-time, permanent basis and will be based at our lively Highfield Campus where you will have access to our sports complex, Hartley Library and Staff Social Centre. The university offers a number of benefits and welcomes applications from candidates of all backgrounds.  An enhanced DBS check is required for this role.

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 contact Michelle (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750 or email  Please quote reference 2087522HL on all correspondence. 

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