Widening Access Outreach Officer

University of Bath


The Widening Access Team in the Student Recruitment and Admissions Department is seeking a committed individual for the role of Outreach Officer.

About us 

The team is responsible for engaging and supporting students from under-represented groups to progress to university, particularly to the University of Bath, to achieve goals set out in our Access and Participation Plan . 

The work the team delivers is varied and ranges from in school and online activity to campus based events as well as sustained programmes for groups of students and teachers.

About the role:

As a Widening Access Outreach Officer, you will use your knowledge of education in the UK to develop and coordinate outreach projects and activities for under-represented students. The work is shaped by the goals and targets defined in our Access and Participation Plan.

Working collaboratively, you will be responsible for one or more of our outreach programmes, such as the award-winning Pathway to Bath programme . With knowledge of digital teaching and learning you will support, maintain and develop the programme, working with academic colleagues and subject specialists across the University to build a set of subject linked activities that school aged students will engage with and participate in. 

About you:

You will

  • be a self-starter who is comfortable building strong relationships with a broad network of contacts and keen to deliver a busy schedule of activity in person and virtually;
  • utilise your experiences in education to engage with teachers and students to support them in achieving a place at university;
  • be committed to widening participation in higher education and have a strong knowledge of school curricula in subject areas that the University focuses on;
  • be innovative and able to use initiative to manage and prioritise your workload effectively to meet milestones and targets.

Continuous improvement will be important to you, and you will be comfortable using evaluation to assess impact and to inform decision making.

The successful candidate will be highly organised, have a positive can-do attitude, and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and stakeholders from different backgrounds with different perspectives, to prioritise and deliver on initiatives. This is an integral part of the role and so highly developed interpersonal and communications skills are essential.

Further information:

Due to the nature of the work there is flexibility with working times, as much is structured around the school day. Hybrid working is an option with an expectation of a minimum of two days per week on campus for full-time staff, although this is flexible. 

An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check is required for this role.

For an informal discussion about this role please contact Esther Reeves, WP Outreach Manager, on [email protected] , however, please ensure that your application is submitted via the University website.

What we can offer you:

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award . We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams. 

We are very proud to be an autism friendly university and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff .

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.

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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, personal details will be removed from application forms at the initial shortlisting stage.

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