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Widening Participation Project Leader

Widening Participation & Social Mobility

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £34,980 to £42,978 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term until 31/07/2024
Closing Date:  Sunday 24 September 2023
Interview Date:   Tuesday 10 October 2023
Reference:  2426723HL

The role is a maternity cover offered on a full-time, fixed-term basis until 31 July 2024.

The Widening Participation and Social Mobility Directorate (WPSM) 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.

We are seeking to appoint a Widening Participation Project Leader to join us in the Access team as we look to develop and expand our range of activities aimed at working with and supporting those from groups under-represented in higher education as we work towards the targets outlined in our Access and Participation Plan. You will be leading the development and delivery of programmes with a focus on primary schools, secondary schools, attainment raising, and support for young carers.

The successful candidate will have experience working with and designing resources and activities to support young people and families. You will have excellent communication, project management, and relationship management skills which you will use to support collaborative working with colleagues across the University, schools, and external organisations.

The role is a maternity cover offered on a full-time, fixed-term basis until 31 July 2024. It will offer hybrid working from home and at our Highfield Campus, with travel to attend meetings with participating schools and partner organisations throughout Hampshire.

WPSM is proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect, and equality of opportunity. We select candidates based on 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.

If you would like to discuss the role in more detail please contact Sinead Holmes, Head of Access (

An enhanced DBS check is required for this role.

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As a university we aim to create an environment where everyone can thrive and are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity. We believe that we can only truly meet our objectives if we are reflective of society, so we are passionate about creating a working environment in which you are free to bring your whole self to work. With a generous holiday allowance as well as additional university closure days we are committed to supporting our staff and students and open to a flexible working approach.

Apply by midnight on the closing date. For assistance contact Recruitment on +44(0)2380 592750 or quoting the job number.

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