Cumbria Collaborative Outreach Programme Officer

Company: University of Cumbria
Sector: Education
Contract Type: Full Time Temporary
Salary: £32,004
Date Posted: 24th August 2017
Closing Date: 25th September 2017
Location: Carlisle
Reference Number: 77380

Job Description

Can you:

• Use your extensive experience in widening participation (WP) access to co-ordinate and deliver targeted WP access activity in your area? 

• Work impartially and effectively to build good relationships with a range of partners both internally and externally, including schools, colleges, employers, communities and universities?

• Demonstrate excellent project management skills?

• Effectively implement processes and systems to track and monitor budgetary spend and progress towards targets?

• Demonstrate a commitment to the WP agenda for under-represented groups in higher education?

We are looking to recruit an experienced and motivated outreach officer to co-ordinate and deliver an agreed programme of outreach activity within the West Cumbria area for the Cumbria Collaborative Outreach Programme (CCOP), part of HEFCE’s (Higher Education Funding Council for England’s) national initiative to ensure Government targets to double the number of young people from WP backgrounds in Higher Education by 2020 are met.  You will report to the CCOP Manager under the guidance of the Director for CCOP.   

The University of Cumbria is the lead institution for CCOP – the Cumbria consortium, which includes partners ranging from higher education institutions, further education colleges and employers operating within Cumbria.  The post will be based within the University of Cumbria but will work for the consortium and report to the CCOP Manager.  The programme aims to work in identified target wards with specific young people in three key areas of Cumbria to provide sustained, progressive and intensive outreach in order to broaden aspirations and ultimately increase progression to higher education.  The post is based in and responsible for co-ordinating the programme within the West Cumbria area, under the guidance of the CCOP Manager.  

Initially funded until December 2018, it is intended that the programme run for a further two years up to 2020 should reasonable progress towards targets be demonstrated.  

The University is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This role is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.  Please note that the successful applicant will be required to undergo a Disclosure check (via the Disclosure and Barring Service) and Clearance prior to confirmation of appointment.

This post is a maternity cover and will end on the return of the substantive post holder.

Informal enquiries: Lisa Martin, Cumbria Collaborative Outreach Programme Manager; Email:

Closing Date: Monday 25 September 2017 (Midnight)

Reference: 77380

Interviews: Monday 09 October 2017

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