Lancaster University

Lancaster University

Widening Participation Manager

Widening Participation Manager

Social Mobility and Student Success Salary: £38,205 to £44,263 Closing Date: Thursday 30 November 2023 Interview Date: Wednesday 13 December 2023 Reference: 1330-23

Social Mobility and Student Success is an ambitious and developing department who support the University's strategic objectives relating to social mobility and widening participation, contributing to the University receiving the national award of ‘NEON Higher Education Institution of the Year' in 2021 and a silver award for Social Mobility at the 2023 Social Mobility Awards.

We are looking for a maternity cover for our Widening Participation Manager for a 13-month period (January 2024 – February 2025).

The post holder for this exciting role will be responsible for the development and management of high-quality initiatives and activities that support the recruitment of WP students to higher education and Lancaster University. Current activities include the Lancaster Access Programme, Role Model Ambassadors, and our partnership with Realising Opportunities.

An experienced practitioner with knowledge of the student lifecycle in higher education as well as previous experience of formulating and delivering widening participation, student success or progression campaigns as well as managing people, you will manage a diverse and experienced Widening Participation team to support the University to achieve its ambitions and targets as set out in our Access and Participation Plan. The Widening Participation team currently work with students from year 4 to year 13 as well as those outside mainstream educational institutions.

You should be able to work on your own initiative, have excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills and be able to communicate confidently, fluently, and knowledgeably with a range of stakeholders across all levels of the organisation.

The University supports hybrid working, with a minimum of two days a week working on the Lancaster campus. Adjusted working days and patterns will be considered.

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

We strongly encourage anyone interested in the role to contact the department for a conversation. You can speak to Leanne Taher-Bates, Head of Social Mobility and Student Success ([email protected]) or Carla Lockwood, Widening Participation Manager ([email protected])

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    The University provides an environment that strongly supports the

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    Widening Participation Manager


    Lancaster University


    United Kingdom


    November 14, 2023

    Application deadline

    November 30, 2023

    Job type



    Business and Economics,Education,Social Science

    About the employer

    Established in 1964 by the Royal Charter, Lancaster University is amongst the leading research-intensive universities in the UK. It is among the only 6 collegiate universities in the country and has collaborations with NHS, GCHQ, LEP, CEH, EA, Sunway University, and UFLA, Brazil. Initially, the university was based at St. Leonard's Gate. The campus was moved to Bailrigg in South Lancaster in 1968. The university formerly had four colleges namely Cartmel, County, Lonsdale, and Bowland. Grizedale, Fylde, Furness, Pendle, and Graduate colleges were set up after 1990. Currently, it has 9 colleges that offer a total of 18 research programs.

    The Lancaster University campus occupies a beautiful 560-acre parkland site at Bailrigg, just three miles from Lancaster city center. The Bailrigg campus is home to Lancaster Arts, bringing together our own theatre, art gallery, and concert series. The Nuffield Theatre is one of the largest professional studio theatres in Europe. It hosts public performances of theatre, contemporary dance and live art from some of the best-known and respected companies from the UK and abroad. Each of the 9 colleges has its private residence blocks, administration staff, halls, bars, and Wi-Fi enabled common areas. There are two banks, a bakery, an ice-cream parlor, general stores and supermarkets, a beauty salon, and a post office on the university campus. Lancaster also has Chaplaincy Centre which houses prayer rooms with facilities for different faiths such as Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Islam, and Baha'i. Lancaster University provides university bus services making it convenient for the students and employees to commute. Further, the M6 motorway is only a five minutes' drive from the campus. It takes 10 minutes to drive to the West Coast Main Line that connects the city to London, Scotland, and Manchester.

    The academic structure of the university consists of undergraduate degree programs, postgraduate courses, research, and doctoral level programs. The acclaimed staff of the university guides the students into international level research centered on humanities, business subjects, natural sciences, modern languages, social sciences, and technology. Presently, the university has over 13,000 full-time students enrolled for first and higher degrees. There are 3,027 employees on the university campus including 1,323 faculty members.

    Lancaster University has over 148,000 alumni in more than 180 countries. The university has a notable list of alumni who have gained recognition in their respective disciplines. Emily Fleeshman is a Hollywood actress, famous for her role of Nikki in popular TV show Still Open All Hours. Also, she is the founder of an acting school named ‘The Actors' Lab’ based in Salford. Satnam Rana is a news presenter on BBC. Some other noble laureates of the university are Roger Ashton-Griffiths (actor), Andrew Brooke Miller (Novelist), Catherine Jane Smith (a member of British Labour Party), Lucy Jane Briers (actor), Andy Serkis (actor and director), Bruce Sewell (former counsel of Apple).

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