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Widening Participation Coordinator (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Are you passionate about helping young people reach their potential? Cambridge Admissions Office are looking for a professional with experience in the education sector to join the Widening Participation team. Our close-knit team coordinates a range of outreach projects designed to encourage and support underrepresented and disadvantaged UK students to apply to top universities.

You will take the lead on developing our Realise programme, which works with young people in care and estranged students. You will be joining our team at an exciting time as we look to expand its reach, providing you with ample scope for creative control, driving forward improvements and taking innovative research-based approaches to support young people. As well as working to provide accurate information and guidance on making informed choices about higher education, you will find ways to develop the students' academic confidence and resilience.

You will also be responsible for coordinating our student ambassador schemes which are each critical to the effectiveness of our programmes. You will recruit and train current undergraduate and postgraduate students to support our widening participation and student recruitment events in a range of different roles and will provide support to other colleagues using the scheme.

Ideally, you have good experience of working in an educational setting and with young people. You should have excellent communication skills, an ability to work with a diverse range of people and outstanding interpersonal and negotiating skills. Good teamwork skills are essential as you would also have opportunities to get involved with other widening participation projects and support other events delivered by Cambridge Admissions Office. Weekend and evening work may be required on occasion. We run events across the country, but with a particular focus on Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and West Norfolk so you may be required to travel to rural locations within these areas. This is a part-time role (0.6FTE) and we are able to offer flexibility on your working days.

The University and the Cambridge Admissions Office are committed to safeguarding young people we work with and we expect new employees to share this commitment. This role requires an enhanced DBS check. Our safeguarding policy can be found online:

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Your application should clearly set out how you meet the Person Profile criteria listed in the Further Particulars (see below) along with relevant examples. Candidates will be shortlisted based upon these criteria.

We expect interviews to be held on Monday 16th December 2019.

If you wish to make an informal enquiry about the post, please contact the Widening Participation Manager, Stephanie Baughen:

If you have any technical difficulties submitting your online application, please contact the recruitment team (email

Please quote reference AT21531 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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