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Widening Access Officer

Student Recruitment

Location:  Ormskirk
Salary:  £27,924 to £30,497 per annum
1 x Permanent, 1 x Fixed Term for 12 months
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  Thursday 25 August 2022
Interview Date:  Wednesday 07 September 2022
Reference:  EHA1799-0722
Number of Positions:  2

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

About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity for a Widening Access Officer to join the Student Recruitment and Marketing Department at Edge Hill University. The Widening Access Officer is a key post within the University’s Widening Access and Participation team, this team lead on the development and implementation of the university’s Access and Participation Plan (APP) to support students from underrepresented groups into and through their higher education journey. 

In this role you will support the University to further its Widening Access objectives, and achieve the targets and strategic aims outlined in our Access and Participation Plan (APP) through the development, delivery and evaluation of a range of targeted programmes and events for prospective widening participation student groups. The student groups you will be working with will include Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students, care leaver, care experienced and estranged students, disabled students and mature students.

About You

As a Widening Access Officer, you should have experience of working with students from a wide variety of backgrounds. You will be a creative, dynamic and proactive person who is willing to work and build effective working relationships with a range of key stakeholders. You are able to work independently, being responsible for the development, delivery and evaluation of new and existing programmes and activity to support our APP. You also have the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team to meet shared objectives and enthuse colleagues. 

You can demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including well developed negotiation, influencing and networking skills. You have proven IT skills to support efficient communication, organisation and recording of information. You will adopt a positive and flexible approach to work with an ability and willingness to travel throughout the North West and further afield, spend periods away from home, and to work some evenings and weekends as required


You will benefit from 23 days annual leave plus 13 bank holiday inclusive of 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. 

You’ll be working for a multi award-winning institution that has been named Modern University of the Year in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 and shortlisted for the overall UK University of the Year award. Edge Hill has also recently been awarded University of the Year in the Educate North Awards (2021) in recognition of our continued commitment to deliver an exceptional student experience and the exceptional progress we have made to deliver investment and innovation over the past 12 months, while placing students at the heart of everything we do.

The University has 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: Emma Hall, Interim Head of Access and Participation at

Internal staff wishing to apply for a fixed term role as a secondment opportunity must discuss this with their existing line manager before applying.

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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