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Widening Participation Assistant

Student Recruitment

Location:  Ormskirk
Salary:  £19,612 to £21,236 per annum
Fixed Term to 31/08/2021
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  Tuesday 26 January 2021
Reference:  EHA1615-0121

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

About You

You will have excellent communication skills and feel confident in presenting to a range of audiences. Along with strong organisational and time management skills you will recognise that your individual contribution plays a part in the success of the University. Experience of working and engaging young people and an enthusiasm for the benefits of Higher Education is essential, as is an understanding of the barriers, that applicants may face.

Your ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships at all levels will ensure that you quickly establish yourself as a key member of our friendly and supportive team.

About the Role

The main purpose of your role will be to work with a range of targeted schools within the North West area delivering a bespoke programme of activities in order to raise aspirations to Higher Education.

You will build and maintain working relationships with schools and colleges in the local area, supporting the Widening Participation team and working closely with colleagues in the Education Liaison and Events Team. You will also work collaboratively with colleagues in Student Services and Careers to ensure a joined-up approach to students’ transition into university.


You will benefit from 22 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.

Note - Due to the nature of this role and the requirement to assess your interpersonal skills, the selection process for this vacancy is in two stages. Stage one will be an online assessment to take place on the 5th February. Candidates who are successful at the first stage will proceed to stage two and will be invited to attend an interview on the 8th February.

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

At Edge Hill University we value the benefits a rich and diverse workforce brings to our community and therefore welcome applications from all sections of society.

Further details:    Job Description & Person Specification    
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