University Access Officer / Midlands University Ev...

Recruiter
The Access Project
Location
West Midlands Region
Salary
Competitive
Posted
15 Jun 2017
Expires
21 Jun 2017
Contract Type
Permanent
About The Access Project

The Access Project is a groundbreaking charity that helps students from disadvantaged backgrounds win places at top universities. This is an issue that matters: at present the most affluent young people are 7 times more likely to attend a highly selective university than their less privileged peers. Unsurprisingly this is a significant factor in the decline in social mobility in the UK in recent years, and we are working to fix it.

The main way we address this issue is by helping students from less affluent backgrounds to achieve better grades: we match our students with a volunteer graduate who tutors them for an hour a week. We also have a team of talented University Access Officers who work directly in schools to deliver university support that enables our students to progress to competitive universities.

The Access Project is a regional organisation, already working with schools in London and the West Midlands. We are excited to launch our programme in the East Midlands (North Nottinghamshire) from September 2017.

About the role

As part of our launch into the East Midlands, we are seeking a highly talented individual to carry out a split role, spending 2.5 days per week delivering The Access Project's programme in one of our new partner schools (either in Shirebrook, Mansfield or Kirkby-in-Ashfield - location TBC), and 2.5 days per week coordinating our regionally-delivered university support activities across the Midlands.

University Access Officers manage the day-to-day running of the programme in The Access Project's partner schools. They work closely with students, staff at all levels, tutors, and with the rest of The Access Project's team to ensure that the delivery of the programme is optimised.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to launch our programme from scratch in new partner schools in the East Midlands. They will also enjoy working on the 'front line' of addressing educational disadvantage, as well as benefiting from opportunities to become involved in the wider work of The Access Project as it continues to expand.

Central to our new model of university support provision is a set of centrally-delivered, out-of-school activities designed to bring together students from across The Access Project schools: our Oxbridge and Medicine & Dentistry Societies for Year 12 students and our Year 10 and Year 11 TAP University Trips. In line with these, all TAP students will also receive our new monthly University Readiness Newsletter sign-posting relevant opportunities and other activities. Part of the Delivery Team, Midlands University Events Officer will be responsible for coordinating and delivering these elements of our provision for our Midlands students, working very closely with the Senior University Events Officer who is based in London.

This is a challenging role, which is well-suited to resilient individuals looking to pursue a career in education and/or the social enterprise/charity sectors.

Please note that a high standard of written and spoken English is required in order to carry out this role. Please see the full job description for further information about the role and its responsibilities, available to view on our website.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 6 July 2017