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Widening Participation Project Coordinator

Widening Participation & Social Mobility

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £26,396 to £31,411 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 1 year
Closing Date:  Tuesday 11 October 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1975522HL

Widening Participation and Social Mobility are pleased to be recruiting for a Widening Participation Project Coordinator. You will join the Access team as we develop and expand our range of activities aimed at working with and supporting those from underrepresented groups within schools, colleges and the wider community in developing their understanding of Higher Education, and the skills required to progress onto higher level qualifications.

Your role will support and enhance our offer, working towards the targets outlined in our Access and Participation Plan which include reducing the gap between those studying at the University from areas of high and low participation, and increasing the number of care leavers and mature students. Emerging areas of work also include further support for young carers; the development of attainment raising activities; and advice and guidance for parents and carers.

The successful candidate will have experience of working with and delivering content to young people, as well as an understanding of the different pathways through Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher Education, and the barriers systematically faced by some students at each stage. You will be working in schools, on campus and in community settings to deliver engaging material with the main aim of helping overcome these, as well as supporting the wider directorate achieve the aims set out in the new Widening Participation Strategy.

The University particularly welcomes applications from Widening Participation backgrounds for this role, especially those with lived experience in higher education. Please be assured that all applicants will be treated equally during the selection process.

An enhanced DBS check may be required for this role.

There are two posts available. These are offered on a full-time, fixed term basis - one post is to cover secondment and one a maternity cover.

Interviews will be held in person, week commencing Monday 24th October.

We are willing to consider applications from those who are interested in Part-Time work, possibly as part of a job share. Please make sure you include your preference within the Additional Information section of your application.

If you would like to discuss the role in more detail please contact Joe Cunningham, Widening Participation Project Leader (J.A.Cunningham@soton.ac.uk).

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at https://jobs.soton.ac.uk. 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 recruitment@soton.ac.uk  Please quote reference 1975522HL on all correspondence.

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We believe equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to making the University of Southampton a welcoming, vibrant and successful organisation. Having a diverse workforce, inclusive of people of all ages and beliefs, from different racial, educational and social backgrounds opens up a wealth of possibilities, makes us more creative and accelerates our impact on society. We welcome applicants that value the diversity of our community and are willing to play their part in supporting the mission of inclusivity. 

Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.


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