• Applications Close: 9am Thursday 3rd February 2022
  • Location: Mansfield, Ashfield, Worksop area of North Nottinghamshire, East Midlands
  • Starting Salary: £21,000, rising by £1,000 after six months and £1,000 after 12 months subject to performance
  • Working Days: Five days a week. From Monday -Thursday the University Access Officer will be based across two schools in the area. The University Access Officer will be based at home or in our Jewellery Quarter office on Fridays.
  • Interview Date: Thursday 10th February 2022
  • Start Date: ASAP
  • Contract: Full-Time, Permanent
  • Academic Requirements: University degree or significant professional experience
  • Benefits: Employee pension scheme, cycle to work scheme, travel card loan, flexible working, Perkbox, Employee Assistance Programme


The Access Project’s mission

We work with high-potential students from disadvantaged backgrounds, providing in-school support and personalised tuition to help them gain access to selective universities.

Our Aim:

The Access Project is an education charity that works with schools in which 30% or more of pupils are on free school meals (50% or more of students receive pupil premium), to pair graduate volunteers with disadvantaged students for weekly one-to-one tutoring and an intensive programme preparing students for university applications.

The programme combats educational inequality and improves social mobility by raising students’ grades and supporting them to understand the pathway to a top university.

The Access Project has a network of over 1200 volunteer tutors and works with more than 1800 students in 35 schools across London and the Midlands.

The Access Project’s values

  • Community – We build a community of schools, volunteers and partner organisations that share a common vision.
  • Motivation – We harness and reward motivation.
  • Development – We promote a culture of excellence, improvement and innovation.
  • Academic Excellence – We help students achieve their potential by matching them with tutors who have been given excellent resources and training.

About the role

University Access Officers manage the day-to-day running of the programme in The Access Project’s partner schools. They work closely with students, staff at all levels, tutors, and with the rest of The Access Project’s team to ensure that the delivery of the programme is optimised. The programme has been carefully designed with the intention that all interactions have a positive impact on a student’s chances of getting into a top university. It is the responsibility of the University Access Officer to deliver all the activities which make up our programme. This includes managing tutor and student pairings as well as delivering and recording in-school activities.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work on the front line of addressing educational disadvantage, as well as benefiting from opportunities to become involved in the wider work of The Access Project as it continues to expand.

This is a challenging role, which involves a high level of organisation. It is well-suited to resilient individuals looking to pursue a career in education and/or the social enterprise/charity sectors. UAOs are the sole representative of The Access Project in school and therefore must be comfortable working alone (although they will build relationships and work closely with school staff).

All University Access Officers are line managed by a Programme Manager from The Access Project, who will meet the UAO once per week for line management meetings, as well as being available via email and phone. Each school also nominates a Programme Supervisor, who focuses on the performance of their in-school programme.

Further Information

Equal Opportunities Statement

The Access Project is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from people from all backgrounds. We are working towards improvements with equality, diversity, inclusion and belonging.

Safeguarding Statement

The Access Project is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Disclosure of a Criminal Record

The Rehabilitation of Offenders 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) Order 1986 does not apply to posts where there is access to children. This means that applicants for employment which involves working with children and young people must disclose any criminal record. If you are selected for appointment you will be subject to this procedure. All Disclosures are carried out in the strictest confidence and are made only in connection with your application for employment and for no other purpose. The application for an Enhanced Disclosure will be activated before your first day of work.

Guidance for candidates applying for a job with The Access Project. Please read this carefully before you start to fill in the application form.