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Widening Access Outreach Officer

Job title Widening Access Outreach Officer

Department Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach

Salary Starting from £27,116, rising to £33,309 per annum

Grade Grade 6

Placed on Thursday 09 June 2022

Closing date Thursday 30 June 2022

Interview date Thursday 14 July 2022

Reference ML9506

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The Widening Access Team at the University of Bath is seeking an enthusiastic, flexible and hardworking individual for the role of Outreach Officer.

About the role:

You will use your knowledge of the UK education system to develop and build on our network of schools and colleges across England and Wales. You will engage with students from under-represented groups to support them to achieve a place at university and help Bath achieve the targets set out in our Access and Participation Plan. You will join a well-established team that has a strong commitment to pursuing the goals of fair access at a University with a strong academic reputation.

As a Widening Access Outreach Officer, you will travel around the UK delivering in school activity. You will be responsible for strengthening the reputation of Bath across the England and Wales, facilitating and representing the University at in-school/college events, and HE fairs. You will work directly with students in Key Stages 3 to 5 and their parents and advisers, supporting them to navigate the process of understanding, choosing and applying, and transitioning to university. You will be responsible for the designing and delivering a suite of information talks and workshops as part of this work.

This post is full-time, working 36.5 hours per week.

The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check.

About you:

You will have a positive can-do attitude and a strong knowledge of the school system in England and ideally Wales. You will understand the process of applying to a university in England and you will need to be willing to travel across the country and be willing to take on some overnight stays and some weekend working. There is an expectation that there will be some time spent on the University campus each week alongside other members of the team.

About us:

For an informal discussion about this role please contact Sam Wenman (WP Outreach Manager) on 01225 384832 or, however, please ensure that your application is submitted via the University website.

The Widening Access Team is part of Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach at the University. The team is responsible for engaging and supporting students from under-represented students to progress to university particularly to Bath to achieve goals set out in the University's Access and Participation Plan.

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What we can offer you:

We are an equal opportunities employer and have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award.

A family-friendly University with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident leader and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.

We offer:

  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme;
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance;
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce;
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities.

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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Further details:

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Update to our application process:

We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this the personal details of all applicants will be withheld at the initial shortlisting stage.