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Glasgow Caledonian University Cowcaddens Road, G4 0BA
£31,396 - £36,024 per year
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week


This is a full time time/fixed term opportunity until 30 June 2024

Glasgow Caledonian University - the University for the Common Good - is a vibrant, values-led, multi-cultural, civic University with a global outlook and strong commitment to delivering social innovation and sustainable development in its education and research.   

Our organisational strategy is aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and our globally recognised researchers advise governments, industry and international bodies. We’re ranked fourth in the world and first in the UK for promoting gender equality, in the top 70 universities globally for social impact, and first in Scotland for health and wellbeing, and reduced inequalities, for which we are also ranked 21st in the world (THE Impact Rankings, 2022). In 2020-21, we contributed £1.7 billion and more than 14,000 jobs across the globe (BIGGAR Economics, 2022).  

GCU is committed to widening participation, and delivering positive outcomes for our students. We are Scotland’s leading provider of Graduate Apprenticeships. With campuses in Glasgow, London and New York, we have transnational partnerships around the world, supporting more than 22,000 students from 130 countries. Guided by our values – integrity, responsibility, creativity and confidence - we transform the lives of the people and communities we serve.

The Widening Participation and Outreach department supports a number of different widening access projects at GCU, including Caledonian Club, College Connect, GCU Connect, Advanced Higher Hub, and the Routes for All programme. In partnership with Glasgow City Council (GCC), The Advanced Higher Hub was established as part of the GCU Outreach team in 2013 to complement and supplement the provision of Advanced Highers. The Hub is jointly funded by the SFC and GCC.  

Routes for All (RFA) is a Focus West funded secondary school project aimed at supporting progression to higher education. RFA works in 25 secondary schools in Glasgow with lower-than-average rates of progression to higher education. The programme delivers school-based sessions to S5 and S6 pupils to develop informed career and course choices, improve pupil attainment, and to support successful admission to higher education. RFA works with a team of student mentors to deliver the programme, which also includes campus visits for pupils to colleges and universities. The RFA Development Officer role involves organising school and campus activities, supervising student mentors, advising and encouraging pupils, liaising with teaching staff and higher education partners, reporting to Focus West and developing and maintaining suitable learning materials in both printed and online formats.

Candidates for this role should be educated to degree level or equivalent, with experience of a role in education development. Other essential criteria include: experience of delivering to medium to large audiences; excellent communication skills; knowledge of UK widening access and higher education; strong self-motivation and organisational ability; and excellent IT and presentation skills.



Desirable qualities for this role include: experience of mentoring programmes; leadership experience in educational contexts; a strong commitment to widening access principles; a patient and supportive manner and the ability to communicate effectively with school pupils, school staff and higher education professionals.

As the University for the Common Good, we are committed to embedding equality, diversity and inclusion, as well as our values in everything that we do.  As such, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates who demonstrate the GCU Values.

Glasgow Caledonian University is committed to a fair and transparent recruitment process that is free from bias so that we can attract and retain a high performing workforce which makes a critical contribution to our success​.

The University holds the prestigious Athena SWAN Silver institution award, which recognises our significant record of activity and achievement in promoting gender equality across different disciplines.

As a Disability Confident 'Committed' employer, we are striving to ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible to disabled people. Although the Disability Confident 'Committed' level does not guarantee an interview for disabled applicants, we will make reasonable adjustments for disabled applicants during the recruitment process.

The University also holds the Carer Positive ‘Engaged’ employer award, which recognises our commitment to supporting staff with caring responsibilities.

Glasgow Caledonian University are committed signatories to the Armed Forces Covenant

The University offers a range of benefits including opportunities for professional development, family friendly policies, cycle to work scheme and onsite childcare facilities.

Please note that the appointment will be made on the first point of the salary scale (unless by exception).

As this role involves Regulated work with vulnerable groups the successful candidate will require PVG Scheme membership.

  • Disability Confident Employer - Committed
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  • Scottish Living Wage
  • Carer Positive Employer in Scotland - Engaged