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RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
£28,756 - £30,497 per year
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Position Type:
Full Time
37 hours per week

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Job Summary

The Robert Gordon University has a long tradition of ensuring access and widening participation to degree level education in the North-East of Scotland. This commitment remains true today as the University seeks to support individuals to fulfil their ambitions and grow its recruitment of students from disadvantaged backgrounds across Scotland.

The Scottish Funding Council wants articulation to be an active and valid route to university study, with colleges and universities supporting the learner at every stage of their journey. To achieve this the SFC support colleges and universities to develop and maintain articulation pathways and routes, working to targets that are realistic for each region and underpinned by a national 10-year strategy.

To support the achievement of this ambition, the University is now recruiting an Access and Articulation officer to support and develop the university's ambition to champion access and inclusion and support existing articulating pathways with partner colleges across Scotland.

Working with colleges across Scotland, you will develop, oversee and co- ordinate a range of programmes and activities with partner colleges which opens up opportunity and enables individuals from under-represented backgrounds to achieve success by articulating and graduating at RGU. There will also be an expectation to support schools engagement activity where required.

The role will be particularly attractive to individuals who enjoy contributing to a variety of projects at any given time, having an opportunity to apply their creativity and ambition to ensure success.

We are in the business of changing lives – developing students into highly employable graduates. Be part of their amazing journey by joining our 1600 colleagues who already enjoy the vibrant community, richly rewarding work, competitive pay, and lifestyle afforded by generous holidays and flexible working options.

Salary on first appointment is normally to the bottom of the scale, although in exceptional circumstances an appointment further up the scale may be considered.

This post in subject to the individual being required to join the PVG scheme. For more information, visit:

If you would like an informal conversation about this role or have any specific questions please contact Lynne Gillan, Access & Widening Participation Manager via her e-mail address ( to arrange a suitable time.

Closing Date: 13 October 2021


Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Access and Widening Participation Manager

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No supervisory responsibility

PURPOSE OF PSOT: To enable the university to advance its partnerships with Scottish Colleges and achieve its wider access targets in the discipline of articulation.



•Represent the University at student recruitment events and careers fairs across Scotland.

•Organise and evaluate a range of University events which introduce prospective students, teachers, and other influencers to the University.

•Facilitation of meetings with internal and external partners to agree the scope of projects and review progress. Deliver presentations and workshops to partner schools and colleges. This includes tailoring the presentation to meet the specific needs of the school or college.

•Promotion of opportunities for study and engagement with the University, including routes such as Degree Link, Degree Prep, Additional Funded Places Scheme, and other wider access programmes.


•Organise visits to the University by individuals or groups of prospective students and their influencers.

•Co-ordination of orientation and support activities for wider access students, working with other staff members of the university to ensure these are delivered and evaluated successfully.

•Provide information and advice to prospective applicants and relevant stakeholders with the aim to enhance the student engagement experience.

•Network with external organisations to raise awareness of Robert Gordon University and identify future collaborative practices.


•Communicate with staff within the Schools of the University to arrange workshops and talks in colleges by academic colleagues.

•Network with partner organisations to maintain and develop relationships, with a focus on ensuring good operational links across partners where this is required to successfully deliver projects.

•Pro-actively develop relationships with partner colleges across the North East and rest of Scotland.

Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

• First degree in any subject or equivalent working experience

Knowledge, skills and abilities

• A working knowledge of the higher education sector and the issues and complexities of student recruitment.

• An understanding of the current HE Widening participation and recruitment environment and national policy issues and of SQA qualifications and entry routes into higher education.

• A detailed understanding of the UCAS application process and the range of pre-university qualifications.

• Ability to get results through consensus across a wide range of stakeholders.

• A successful track record of developing and translating strategic plans and decisions into operational practice.

• The ability to think and act strategically and to work both consultatively and at pace.

• Well-developed communication skills, excellent presentation skills and the ability to engage with a wide variety of audiences.


• Substantial experience in a relevant field, or equivalent.

• Experience of delivering higher education outreach and working colleges with content that is age and curriculum appropriate OR Experience of dealing with partnership agreements to achieve college articulation routes.

• Experience of liaison or relationship management is required, as you will need to build and manage relationships with teachers and advisers within key schools and colleges.


• Firm commitment to achieving the University’s vision and values, with a passion for transforming individuals.

• Commitment to deliver and promote equality, diversity, and inclusivity in the day-to-day work of the role.

• Travel will be required to discharge duties.



Qualifications and Professional Memberships

• Degree qualification gained through an articulation pathway.


• Cognisant of the challenges and strategic issues facing Scottish higher education.


• Experience of organising events.

• Teaching experience, Community development experience, social work experience or equivalent.


• Driving Licence.



Behaviour 1: Service Delivery - Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers’ expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards

Behaviour 2: Communication - Ability to receive, understand and convey both straightforward information, and information requiring careful explanation, in a clear and accurate manner

Behaviour 3: Liaison and Networking - Experience of circulating information in an accurate and timely manner, working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships and leading and developing internal networks to pursue a shared interest

Behaviour 4: Decision Making - Experience of using own judgement to make decisions, making collaborative decisions with others to reach conclusions and providing advice or information that will influence the decisions of others

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