Reach/Acess to a career Programme Coordinator

University of Glasgow

Job Purpose

Working with the Senior Reach Programme Coordinator, coordinate the Reach Programme, with particular attention to the Access to a Career Programme, and ensure its effective and efficient delivery to c. 1,500 S4-S6 secondary school pupils in 160 schools in the west of Scotland. Work with the Reach partnership, Local Authorities and other partners to achieve positive outcomes and with the Head of WP&LLL to review, improve and develop the programme.

Main Duties

1. Coordinate, with the Senior Reach Coordinator, the day to day running of the Reach Programme in secondary schools in the west of Scotland, with particular attention and responsibility for the Access to a Career Programme. Liaise with other WP, External Relations (ER) and wider University academic and support service staff to plan, develop and implement the Programme in schools, online and on the University of Glasgow (UofG) campus. Oversee the day-to-day running and evaluation of activities.

2. Working with the Senior Reach Programme Coordinator, WP team, Human Resources and appropriate external contacts, oversee the annual recruitment/selection and training of circa 90 part-time Widening Participation Tutors.

3. Delegated line management responsibility for WP Tutors working on Reach/Access.

4. Input and maintain data relating to pupils participating in Reach/Access in a fit-for-purpose database. Extract and manipulate data to inform programme delivery and future planning.

5. Oversee the recruitment and training of circa 40 undergraduate mentors for delivery of Reach/Access activities.

6. Working with the Senior Reach Coordinator and other WP colleagues, jointly develop Reach materials, messages, resources and activities. Develop Reach along new delivery models – face to face, online and blended – as required to facilitate the expansion of the Programme into further schools.

7. Jointly conduct the planning, coordination and implementation of on-campus sessions for secondary schools. Liaise with appropriate internal and external contacts to ensure the smooth running of these events including coordination of logistical and health and safety issues.

8. Jointly oversee cross marking of Reach/Access Programme essays and collation of final pupil profiles and certificates to ensure quality assurance.

9. With the Senior Reach Programme Coordinator, monitor performance indicators and conduct regular evaluation of provision to ensure evaluation findings feed into medium and long-term action plans and feed into reports as required.

10. Responsible for own complex and changing workload, with the ability to work under minimal supervision.

11. Deputise for the Senior Reach Coordinator, when appropriate, in liaising and collaborating with staff from other Reach partners and other stakeholders.

12. Conduct other duties as required to support the Head of WP, WP team and wider ER staff.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience



A1 Either: Ability to demonstrate the competencies required to undertake the duties associated with this level of post having acquired the necessary knowledge and skills in a similar role. Or: Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 7 (Advanced Higher / Scottish Vocational Qualification level 3, Higher National Certificate) or equivalent, and experience of personal development in a similar role.

A2 HND in a relevant subject area.

A3 Sound understanding of the learning skills required for study in Higher Education (HE).

A4 Knowledge of the Scottish secondary school system.

A5 Knowledge of HE admissions procedures and the UCAS application process.


B1 Understanding of University policy and procedure relating to the recruitment and employment of staff.

B2 Understanding of government regulations relating to working with young adults.

B3 Understanding of University policy on Equality and Diversity procedures and policies.

B4 Will have undergone an Enhanced Disclosure Scotland check.

B5 Valid, clean driving license.



C1 Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

C2 Excellent team and independent working skills.

C3 Excellent problem-solving skills.

C4 Demonstrable ability to communicate with school level students.

C5 Demonstrable ability to communicate with internal and external stakeholders, e.g., teachers, Local Authority staff, student services staff, admissions staff.

C6 Excellent written and verbal communication.

C7 Excellent IT skills: Microsoft Office, including Access and Teams; moodle; other online platforms.

C8 An ability to work in a team and independently.

C9 Comfortable with accepting changes.#

C10 Demonstrable ability to work flexibly, according to business needs.

C11 An ability to keep accurate and up-to-date records.

C12 Good timekeeping.

C13 A willingness to be accessible to other team members.

C14 Friendly and student-centred.

C15 Enthusiasm for wider access and education.


D1 Full, clean driving licence.

D2 Prepared to work flexible hours.

D3 Knowledge of UofG electronic systems, e.g., MyCampus, BI-Query.



E1 Experience of working in the HE and widening participation sectors.

E2 Experience of working with learners in schools.

E3 Experience of developing and conducting training sessions.

E4 Experience of working with learners online.

E5 Experience of developing learning resources.


F1 Project Administration.

F2 Experience of administration in a related field.

F3 Experience of recruiting staff.

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be Grade 6, £32,332 – £36,024 per annum, pro rata.

This post is part time and fixed term. This post is to cover maternity leave for up to 6 months or until the substantive postholder returns.

Please Note: If you are a current employee of the University of Glasgow, please be advised that the University would consider an internal secondment opportunity for this post. University of Glasgow applicants should seek clearance for release for internal secondment from their line manager before making a formal application.

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension – pensions handbook, benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community

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