Widening Participation Coordinator

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Exeter, ENGLAND
Deadline: 21 Sep 2022

External Engagement and Global

This role offers the opportunity for hybrid working – some time on campus and some from home.

This new full – time post is available from the 10th of October 2022 on a fixed term basis until the 31st December 2023

Summary of the role

We have an exciting opportunity available within the Access, Participation & Outreach Team starting immediately on a fixed term basis until 31st December 2023. The role is for a Widening Participation Coordinator to help the University of Exeter with its aim of attracting the best students to consider studying at the University irrespective of their background.

The main focus of the postholder’s role will be supporting widening participation (WP) activities delivered through the University’s well established fair access programmes – Exeter Scholars, Realising Opportunities and Pathways to Law.  The postholder will work with a range of individuals, primarily prospective students but also key influencers such as teachers and parents/carers, employers and alumni, and with colleagues from Professional Services and Faculties.  Responsibilities will include developing and delivering events, creating resources and ensuring that participating students can get the most out of their time on the University’ fair access programmes.  You will have the opportunity to reduce the barriers to progressing to university that the young people we work with face and to help them make informed choices about their futures.  Our fair access programmes provide long term support to their participants and the role this Coordinator plays is essential to their success.         

With excellent communication and organisational skills, you will be confident in working with groups of pupils from various age groups and delivering information to prospective students and their families. With a good knowledge of the issues surrounding progression to higher education, you will also need to be flexible, adaptable and enjoy working as a part of a team.

Appointment will be subject to a DBS check.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 and QS World University Ranking 2022).  

Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and our world-leading research impact is growing faster than any other Russell Group university (2021 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City .

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.


We offer some fantastic benefits including: 

  • 39 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England

Further information

For further information, please contact Hayley Stentiford, Outreach Officer at h.a.r.stentiford@exeter.ac.uk

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