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Widening Participation Officer

UCL - Department of Computer Science (CS)

Location: London
Salary: £34,605 to £39,980
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 25th April 2024
Closes: 23rd May 2024
Job Ref: B04-04839

About us

UCL’s Department of Computer Science (CS) is a top-ranked Computer Science Department in the UK. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) evaluation, UCL Computer Science was ranked second in the UK for research power and first in England. We are an open, friendly department, open to ideas and open to people. We ask questions and we challenge ideas. We believe in our subject and in its potential. Our degree programmes recognise the ever-increasing importance of computer systems in fields such as commerce, industry, government and science.

About the role

UCL offers a wide range of support to young people and their parents and carers, to teachers and advisors and to prospective students of all backgrounds. Our widening participation activity builds on the core principles that have been in place since the foundation of UCL in 1826, when it was the first university in England to admit students of any religion an d regardless of background. UCL aims to recruit the brightest and best students, regardless of their background. UCL Computer Science offers various outreach programmes aimed at engaging with schools and students to raise aspirations, supporting journeys into higher education, and promoting interest in computer science. Some of our programmes include: • Apply Competitively into STEM (A-COMPS) • Computer Science Module with organisation Thinking Black • Annual Rae Harbird Day • School visits • In2STEM summer programme The Widening Participation Officer will be responsible for coordinating and delivering events and information, advice and guidance for prospective students, and will lead on the coordination and delivery of allocated programmes and events as directed by the Academic Outreach Lead. The postholder will also assist in the development of new programmes and activities to support the department’s strategy of cohort diversification. About you The post holder is responsible for assisting the Widening Participation Academic Lead with the delivery of our Apply Competitively into STEM (A-COMPS) and other widening participation programmes. The postholder will also assist in the development of new programmes and activities to support the department’s strategy of cohort diversification. The successful candidate will have: • A background in working with young people, developing educational activities and materials • Experience in event management, including online events • Excellent communication skills (written and spoken), including the ability to deal pleasantly and effectively with a wide range of people in a teaching and learning context is essential, as is excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to develop effective relationships with staff, schools and partners. • Excellent planning, organisational and decision-making skills

What we offer

As well as the exciting opportunities this role presents, we also offer some great benefits some of which are below: - 41 Days of holiday (including 27 days annual leave 8 bank holidays and 6 closure days) - Hybrid Final Salary Pension Scheme - Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan - On-Site nursery - On-site gym - Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay - Employee assistance programme: Staff Support Service - Discounted medical insurance

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

As London’s Global University, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation, and we want our community to represent the diversity of the world’s talent. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where we all belong. We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in UCL’s workforce. 

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