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RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
£22,254 - £24,871 per year
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Position Type:
Full Time
37 hours per week

This position has expired.

Job Summary

A Colleges Engagement Assistant is required to join the Widening Access Department to support the University in delivering its ambition and strategy of widening access to education. The post holder will act as a key part of the widening access team, which has recently undergone extensive review in its strategy, presenting an exciting time and opportunity to join the department. The post holder will actively engage and deliver our colleges engagement activity and will support the vast range of access and articulation suite of programmes.

You will join a small team, and will work to support and deliver wider access programmes ensuring they run smoothly. The role will be particularly attractive to individuals who enjoy contributing to a variety of projects at any given time. The post holder will be expected to liaise with academic staff to deliver transition programmes for students attending RGU from college. There will also be a degree of on campus work at partner colleges as part of the engagement activity. Some admin duties will be required such as keeping accurate records and updating web site pages as required.

This post is 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 Lynne Gillan, Access & Widening Participation Manager via her e-mail address ( to arrange a suitable time.


Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Access and Widening Participation Manager  

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No supervisory responsibility

PURPOSE OF POST: To assist in the co-ordination and delivery of wider access programmes and assist in the development of the University's links with local partners such as schools and colleges.


  • To assist with the co-ordination and delivery of wider access programmes, predominantly focused on college engagement and articulation programmes, but will be required to assist with schools’ programmes at various points throughout the academic year.
  • Develop and maintain internal and external stakeholder relationships, with good operational links to ensure the successful delivery of projects.
  • Co-ordination of orientation and support activities to ensure these are delivered and evaluated successfully.
  • Maintaining notes of meetings and project files, ensuring these remain up-to-date.
  • Monitoring and tracking students to identify relevant issues and inform future work.
  • Assist in the co-ordination and delivery of college outreach activities throughout the academic year
  • Deliver key resources for workshops and presentations in relation to the college engagement portfolio of events/workshops.
  • Evaluating activities for wider access students, working with other members of the Wider Access Unit team to ensure these are delivered and evaluated successfully.
  • Develop positive working relationships with college partners and students  
  • Ensuring college activities run smoothly, with all necessary logistical arrangements made in good time.
  • Promotion of opportunities for study and engagement with the University, including via routes such as Degree Link and other Wider Access programmes and initiatives.


Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Degree in relevant subject area or relevant experience


An understanding of higher education

An awareness of the remit of the Wider Access Department

An awareness of college articulation pathways

An ability to use standard IT packages (e.g. Word, PowerPoint)

Commitment to the personal development of young people


Ability to create and build positive individual relationships

Experience of working as part of a team to deliver success 

Daily management and co-ordination of projects and events

Setting up meetings and preparing formal notes

Creating and maintaining accurate records

Experience of working with young people


Travel will be required to discharge duties



UK Driving Licence


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

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 - Initiative and Problem Solving - Experience of using initiative and creativity to resolve problems, identifying practical and suitable solutions.

Behaviour 4 - Liaison and Networking - Experience of circulating information in an accurate and timely manner and working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships.

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