Widening Participation Officer - £16.36ph plus hol pay - Central London

  • Job Reference: 00000647-1
  • Date Posted: 20 January 2023
  • Recruiter: Gray & Associates
  • Location: London
  • Salary: £16.36 to £19.10 Per Hour
  • Sector: Higher Education & Charity
  • Job Type: Temporary
  • Contact: Rianna Livingston
  • Email: rianna@grayagency.com
  • Telephone: 02080591997

Job Description

Widening Participation Officer - £16.36ph plus hol pay - Central London

Hybrid – One day in the office.


Start: 30/01/2023

End: 1 month, Initially



The Widening Participation Officer delivers projects to address long-term barriers to higher education, particularly attainment of young people from underrepresented groups, as part of the university widening participation strategy and Access and Participation Plan.



  • Leading on the coordination and delivery of allocated programmes and events, as directed by the Senior Widening Participation Officers and Widening Participation Manager.
  • Providing input on development of new programmes and review of existing programmes.
  • Supporting colleagues with the delivery of other Access and Widening Participation programmes and events.
  • Responding to general enquiries from prospective students, parents and teachers and answering general enquiry emails and telephone calls.
  • Recruiting and training students to work on programmes.
  • Liaising with academic and administrative departments including room bookings, catering, finance and HR, to ensure the smooth delivery of programmes and events.
  • Liaising with schools and colleges to promote and deliver programmes and to recruit eligible participants.
  • Developing and delivering workshops and information presentations about higher education to prospective students from Year 6 to 13, their families and school teachers.
  • Developing a strong awareness of child protection and safeguarding procedures.
  • Updating content on webpages and social media accounts.
  • Maintaining accurate, up-to-date records of schools and programme participants to aid monitoring, tracking and evaluation.
  • Processing finance payments and keeping accurate, up-to-date financial records.
  • Representing the university at higher education fairs, open days and giving presentations at schools and colleges.
  • Ensuring effective communication with line manager regarding work in progress.



  • Knowledge of UK secondary and higher education systems.
  • Experience of co-ordinating projects, programmes or events.
  • Experience of working with primary and/or secondary schools.
  • Experience of working with children and/or young people.
  • Experience of providing excellent customer service.
  • Administrative experience gained in a people-focused.
  • An understanding of child protection and safeguarding issues.
  • Experience of preparing and delivering workshops, lessons or presentations.
  • Enthusiasm for widening participation in higher education.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • A high level of numeracy and literacy.
  • Strong information technology skills, with the ability to use Microsoft Office software and quickly learn to use new software or web applications.
  • The ability to liaise with a wide range of people with tact and diplomacy.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a large team.
  • The ability to manage own workload and prioritise a high volume of complex work effectively.


Gray & Associates is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity