Cumbria Collaborative Outreach Programme Evaluation Officer

University of Cumbria - Deanery Management and Professional Services

£32,004* (PRO RATA)

Can you:

  • Use your extensive experience in widening participation (WP) access to develop and embed a framework of evaluation?
  • Use a range of evaluation techniques to assess the impact of an intensive programme of outreach activities in supporting the progression of young people into higher education?
  • Work impartially and effectively with a range of partners both internally and externally, including schools, colleges, employers, communities and universities?
  • Establish and oversee effective processes and systems to track and monitor progress towards targets, including submission of evaluation reports?
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the WP agenda for under-represented groups in higher education?

We are looking to recruit an experienced and motivated evaluation officer to develop and oversee the data capture, monitoring and evaluation aspects of the new 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. The post-holder 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. The programme aims to work in identified target wards with specific young people in Cumbria to provide sustained, progressive and intensive outreach in order to broaden aspirations and ultimately increase progression to higher education.

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.

* Incremental progression up to £36,001

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.

Informal enquiries: Tamsin Rogers, Head of Widening Participation and WP Projects, email:

Closing date: Monday 14 November 2016 (Midnight)

Reference: 52419

Interview date: Monday 12 December 2016 at Carlisle

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