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Access and Participation Officer

Pearson College London



The post-holder will have responsibility for Access and Participation outreach initiatives as outlined in the Access and Participation Plan.

This role will work directly with the Access and Participation Manager, focussed on access initiatives for under-represented groups. In the first instance, the post-holder will concentrate on additional measures targeted at applicants who are care leavers or from low income groups and/or low participation neighbourhoods.

This role will also occasionally support the work of the student recruitment team with school and college liaison activities, such as presentations anad workshops in target schools and attending HE fairs and UCAS conventions.

Key responsibilities

Access and Participation

  • Design, develop and deliver outreach activities focused on applicants who are care leavers or from low income groups and/or low participation neighbourhoods
  • Monitor, evaluate and report on the effectiveness of the outreach activities
  • Participate in a range of sector wide forums where appropriate, for example Linking London and AccessHE
  • Work closely with the management of other functions involved with Access and Participation to ensure collaborative working across teams
  • Support the recruitment and delivery of the Escape Studios Saturday Club and development of future Saturday Clubs

Student Recruitment

  • Develop and maintain relationships with teachers and advisors to increase awareness of Pearson College London and book school based workshops and HE fairs
  • Deliver presentations at schools and colleges to drive lead generation
  • Support internal and external recruitment events, such as Taster Days, Open Days, Teacher events, Workshops and events hosted jointly with other organisations.
  • Record recruitment activities, monitor their effectiveness and respond to feedback.

Pearson is an equal opportunities employer. We do not discriminate against employees or job applicants and select the best person for each job based on relevant skills and experience.

We are also committed to building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce and encouraging equality and diversity.

The information you provide will stay confidential, and be stored securely. It will not be seen by those involved in making decisions as part of the recruitment process.


Skills and Competencies


  • You will have knowledge and experience of access and participation within Higher Education
  • You will have knowledge and experience of delivering interventions to young people
  • You will be a self starter, expected to anticipate problems that may arise and use your initiative to deal with issues. You will recognise when it is appropriate and necessary to escalate certain issues.
  • You will be proactive in understanding access and participation, being aware of issues that may impact access, monitoring progress against targets and taking action to address shortfalls and ensure targets are met.a
  • You will have excellent planning and organising skills with the ability to formulate and clearly articulate a plan of action. You will be able to provide updates on progress and build in contingencies.
  • You will be able to make decisions independently based on your knowledge and experience of schools, colleges and the education sector. You will use your judgement to effectively manage your own workload, understanding the need to be flexible in your approach.
  • You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to work with tact and diplomacy in dealing with a range of people.
  • You will have the personal presence to inspire confidence in others.
  • You will be methodical with good attention to detail and experienced in meeting deadlines and delivering high quality work.
  • You will have a positive attitude and be flexible in your approach to work.
  • Willingness and ability to travel, including evenings and weekends, where required.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality about sensitive issues


  • Project / event management experience
  • A proven commitment to widening access to HE and successful participation and progression of under-represented groups
  • Meticulous record keeping

Education, Qualifications & Training


  • Degree or equivalent
  • Good working knowledge of Excel, Word and PowerPoint.


  • CRM/Salesforce experience

Previous Experience


  • Experience of designing and delivering bespoke presentations and workshops to a variety of audiences.
  • Proven track record in successfully achieving objectives and targets.
  • Experience in working with access and participation within Higher Education.


  • A good knowledge of the current trends and priorities in the sector with respect to access and participation for under-represented groups.
  • Good knowledge and experience of data sets used in higher education, including sources of benchmarks and comparative data.

About the department

This role is within the Academic Affairs Team at Pearson College London. The team comprises the Access and Participation Manager, the Contracts and Compliance Manager, and the Academic Quality Officers, and is led by the Deputy Vice-Principal (Academic Affairs). The Academic Affairs Team maintains oversight of academic regulation and policy, quality assurance and enhancement, regulator review and liaison, governance and committee secretariat, programme approval, access and participation, appeals and complaints, and safeguarding. The Team ensures institutional adherence to regulatory obligations, including the Office for Students’ Registration Condition A.1 on Access and Participation. The successful candidate will also work closely with the Student Recruitment team.

Why Pearson College London?

We’ve come a long way in a short space of time: We continually innovate and in the past year the College and our students have been nominated for several awards, including the CIM’s Marketing Excellence Awards 2018, the Times Higher Education Awards 2017 for Business School of the Year and Outstanding University Entrepreneurship Award, the HEIST Awards 2017 for Best Marketing Team, Best Prospectus from a Specialist Institution and Best Website. Our Escape Studios undergraduate degrees team received a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) finalist certificate recognising our collaboration with industry to develop the programmes for the benefit of our students who are now benefiting from the innovative approach to course development.

Real world ready: We collaborate with industry, thought leaders and experts to anticipate industry needs. We create experiences that develop savvy, work-ready graduates, who are ready for the real-world - today and tomorrow.

Transformative: We’re transforming and disrupting HE and industry. We challenge the status-quo.

Team rules! Students, industry, colleagues, thought-leaders - collaboration, inclusion and transparency are crucial to success.

Engaged and curious: We are constantly engaged and curious about changing industries, and learning by doing.

More great things about working here….

We’re part of Pearson Plc, the world's largest education company. Pearson has over 30,000 staff worldwide and this role is based in their offices in London. Pearson is committed to a world that’s always learning and to its talented team who makes it all possible.

We’ll expect a lot and we know you’ll do great work, so we give a lot back with some of the best benefits in the business. We know that one size doesn’t fit all so our workplace programs meet the different needs of our diverse teams, and their families too. There is a range of options, too many to list here, but when you join you can expect:

  • a starting holiday of 25 days increasing to 30, with options to flex up or down
  • an annual incentive plan based on company and individual performance
  • generous pension scheme - contributions are double matched by Pearson
  • stock purchase options
  • health plans, and an employee assistance programme for you and your family, to help balance work, family and personal life including flexible working, dental plans, childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme and season ticket loans.

If we sound like a good match for you, or maybe for a friend, we’d love to receive an application. Find out more about how learning makes us, at

Primary Location: GB-GB-London

Work Locations: GB-London-190 High Holborn 190 High Holborn London WC1V 7BH

Job: General Business Operations

Organization: Core

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Nov 26, 2019

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1915047

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Location: London
Salary: £27,000 to £30,000 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 2nd December 2019
Closes: 2nd February 2020
Job Ref: 1915047
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