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Widening Participation Officer

Student Recruitment

Location:  Ormskirk
Salary:  £27,511 to £30,046 per annum
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  Friday 18 June 2021
Reference:  EHA0357-0521

Make a difference, every day, to the lives of our students.

About You

You will be a critical thinker who is comfortable working flexibly with minimal supervision but can also work collaboratively with others. You will also be pro-active and dedicated, in addition to taking a creative, problem-solving approach to the improvement and development of activities to support our Widening Access work. Excellent interpersonal skills and an enthusiastic approach is essential for this position.

About the Role

The purpose of this role is to support the University to further its Widening Access and Participation objectives and targets in our Access and Participation Plan. The post holder will devise, develop, implement and evaluate a range of targeted programmes and events, for prospective students and their families, designed to raise awareness of higher education, and of Edge Hill University. The role will work with a wide range of underrepresented groups but will have a particular focus on working with Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups to increase the proportion of BAME students studying at Edge Hill University. 

Relationship building with teachers, advisers, community and religious groups will be a core component of the role, and the post holder will also need to draw on expertise from within the University to develop bespoke activity to address widening participation objectives.

This role provides an opportunity to collaborate with committed and enthusiastic practitioners to create and deliver innovative and intersectional outreach activities and programmes to support access to Higher Education for under-represented groups. 


You will benefit from 23 days annual leave plus 13 bank holiday and University closure days per annum. We aim to provide our staff with a positive work life balance and have a range of schemes in place to support this. Your continued professional development is as important to us as it is to you and we demonstrate this through our investment in your CPD activity. 

You will be automatically enrolled into the Local Government Pension Scheme and have access to our staff benefits platform, which provides you with discounts across the high street to help you save money on your everyday spending such as supermarket shopping, cinema tickets, dining out and more. We also offer discounted membership to our state-of-the-art sport and leisure facilities.

About Us

Edge Hill University is “A great success story… an institution that improves and impresses year after year” – Times Higher Education. 

The University has been ranked Best University Workplace (Times Higher Education 2015), judged Best UK Employer (European Business Awards 2016) and highly commended in Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2017 for Workplace of the Year.

The Times Higher ‘University of the Year’ award celebrated our distinct role in “transforming lives” – reflecting a distinctive philosophy of creating opportunity from excellence.

Based on an award-winning campus in West Lancashire, Edge Hill University offers a stimulating and empowering environment for ambitious and high performing professionals.

For informal enquiries about this vacancy you may wish to contact: Anna Wooley, Senior Widening Access and Participation Officer at

At Edge Hill University we value the benefits a rich and diverse workforce brings to our community and therefore welcome applications 

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