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Go Higher West Yorkshire Project Officer (Outreach)

University of Leeds

Location: Leeds
Salary: £27,924 to £33,309 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th January 2022
Closes: 24th January 2022
Job Ref: PSEDE1001

Are you passionate about making a difference and improving access to Higher Education? Can you engage with education and careers professionals to help them support young people to progress?

Go Higher West Yorkshire (GHWY), hosted by the University of Leeds, is a partnership of 13 Higher Education Providers in West Yorkshire, is looking to appoint a confident and responsible individual to support the success of our Office for Students funded Uni Connect Programme (UC). UC seeks to support young people and adults to progress into higher education through collaborative outreach activity. This includes identifying and addressing issues around progression to Higher Education for learners living in areas where progression is low overall, and particularly low when GCSE attainment is taken into account.

With responsibility for a portfolio of schools and colleges, you will provide ongoing support and guidance to our Progression Officers and relevant education and careers professionals who are based in schools and colleges. The support you provide will cover guidance on activities, events, funding, monitoring and project reporting to meet UCs aims and objectives.

You will identify opportunities for collaborative working between schools, colleges and Higher Education Providers, particularly in relation to work with underrepresented groups in Higher Education. You will drive uptake of GHWY resources, ensuring these remain current, taking into account changes in the education landscape.

You will help ensure the effective involvement of key stakeholders in the project and work within the wider team to set, progress and meet project targets and objectives. You will bring your knowledge and experience of working with education professionals and young people in schools/ academies/colleges, and of Higher Education, to develop innovative and effective activity to help meet project targets. 

Our commitment to inclusion: We welcome and encourage applications from all section of the community. We will select the best candidate solely on the basis of merit and ability to do the job.

The post will be based in the Go Higher West Yorkshire team, and will involve a combination of working at the University of Leeds campus and working at home, but will require the holder to work on a flexible basis, including travel to alternative locations across West Yorkshire which may not be well served by public transport and some evening/weekend work.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Maria O’Sullivan, GHWY Area Manager (Project) – Wakefield and Bradford

Email: m.osullivan@leeds.ac.uk 

Interviews will take place on Thursday 3rd February 2022.

Please note: If you are not a British or Irish citizen, from 1 January 2021 you will require permission to work in the UK. This will normally be in the form of a visa but, if you are an EEA/Swiss citizen and resident in the UK before 31 December 2020, this may be your passport or status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

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