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RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
£41,526.00 - £49,553.00 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
37 hours per week

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Job Summary

RGU is an innovative, inclusive and professional university, focused on the impact of its demand-led teaching and research. We are the Scottish University of the Year in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Awards for 2021 and ranked Top modern university in the Complete University Guide. We also have a Gold Rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, placing us in the top 20% of the best universities in the UK for the quality of our undergraduate teaching and learning.

We have 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.

To support the achievement of these ambitions, the University is now recruiting a Access and Widening Participation Manager to support the university's ambition to champion access and inclusion. Working across Scotland and leading a team of individuals within the department, you will develop, oversee and co-ordinate a range of programmes and activities which opens up opportunity and enables individuals from under-represented backgrounds to achieve success.

An ability to work successfully with partners, combined with excellent communication skills will be essential components of this post.

Aberdeen is a very attractive place to live and work, partly as a result of the prosperity engendered by many decades as a major, international oil capital, but also because of the quality of life available in and around the city. Local, national and international connectivity is first-class and a great beauty of the city and region is our location within very easy (and quick) travelling distance of some of the most beautiful coastal and mountain scenery in the UK. Add in quality local schools, affordable housing and excellent leisure and sports facilities and, while we know it is a commitment to come to North-East Scotland, those who make the journey are rarely disappointed.

A generous relocation package would be available to assist with your transition to the area.

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

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.

If you would like an informal conversation about this role or have any specific questions please contact Dr Duncan Cockburn via his e-mail address ( to arrange a suitable time.

Closing Date: 12 May 2021

Interviews: 21 May 2021

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Director of Planning and Policy

RESPONSIBLE FOR: Widening Access Department

PURPOSE OF POST: To lead and manage the University’s strategic commitment to access and widening participation


1. Lead and manage the Widening Access department to achieve the institution’s widening access targets and various commitments outlined in the University’s Outcome Agreement and through other funding agreements.

2. Working with the Head of Student Recruitment and Admissions, contribute to the development and implementation of the University’s Student Recruitment Strategy, taking a lead on the implementation of the aspects of the strategy that concern access and widening participation.

3. Ensure joint working and activity between the Widening Access department, Student Recruitment & Admissions as well as other departments and academic Schools to develop articulation links with key College partners across Scotland.

4. Ensure the University’s relationship with the North-East Scotland College remains a productive and sector-level partnership.

5. Lead the development of outreach programmes and partnerships, within schools, colleges and the wider community, in support of the University’s strategy and access ambitions.

6. Provide expert advice and guidance to the wider University as appropriate on all issues relating to outreach and widening participation.

7. Identify and secure significant opportunities to forward the University’s access ambitions, securing support and funding to enable their delivery, working alongside others within the University to do so.

8. Represent the University on relevant external bodies to: promote the reputation of the University; keep informed of developments in relevant communities; and network at a senior level with appropriate stakeholders including national agencies and local authorities.

9. Lead on evaluation activity, data collection and analysis, report writing and other dissemination activity produce reports for internal and external audiences and funders.

10. Working with Communications and Marketing, identify opportunities to promote, publicise and share the University’s successes in access and widening access.

Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

• Degree in a relevant field, or equivalent qualification or experience

Knowledge, skills and abilities

• 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

• Report writing and data analysis skills

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

• Excellent and effective negotiation, influencing and communication skills, particularly the ability to persuade and inspire colleagues to work collaboratively to ensure strategic priorities are met, and the ability to produce clear and concise written materials

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

• 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


• Significant experience of working within the higher or further education sectors

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

• Experience of leading and motivation a team to achieve results

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



Qualifications and Professional Memberships

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

• Membership of relevant professional body


• Comprehensive knowledge of the secondary school sector

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


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

• Demonstrable project management experience within the education sector



Behaviour 1: Communication - Ability to receive, understand and convey information requiring careful explanation and information of a complex or conceptual nature, in a clear and accurate manner.

Behaviour 2: Service Delivery - Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers’ expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards.

Behaviour 3: Pastoral Care and Welfare - Experience of calming and reassuring those with work/study related problems who may be experiencing distress and dealing with difficult welfare situations or confidential matters.

Behaviour 4: Team Development - Experience of providing advice or guidance to new starts, delivering training or instruction to others on specific tasks or activities and identifying the training and development needs of the team and carrying out performance appraisals.


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