Cumbria Collaborative Outreach Programme (CCOP) Manager

University of Cumbria - Deanery Management and Professional Services: Academic Development and Innovation

Carlisle Preferred, Ambleside Considered By Negotiation


Can you:

  • Demonstrate excellent project management skills?
  • Use your extensive experience in widening participation (WP) access to lead and co-ordinate the provision of targeted WP access activity?
  • 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 budget spend and progress towards targets, including submission of returns to external funder?
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the WP agenda for under-represented groups in higher education?

We are looking to recruit a highly competent and motivated project manager to work alongside the Director of the Cumbria Collaborative Outreach Programme (CCOP) to establish and lead the 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 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. 

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

Closing date: Tuesday 06 December 2016 (Midnight)

* Incremental progression up to £46,924

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