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Access and Participation Officer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

About the Role

Based across University Centre & Leeds Conservatoire

This highly motivated Access and Participation Officer will provide support for access and participation in relation to underrepresented groupsat Leeds Conservatoire and University Centre Leeds. This will predominately focus on the delivery of outreach activity to schools, colleges and communities across West Yorkshire, but will also upport with the administration anddelivery of progression activity for on-course students from underrepresented groups.

What You Will Do

The Access and Participation Officer will represent Leeds Conservatoire and University Centre Leeds whilst promotingaccess to and progression in higher education (HE) through a variety of activities. This will include activity/session administration and the facilitation of activity in schools, college and communities across West Yorkshire, mainly Leeds.

You will liaise with, and work collaboratively with, inter- and cross-institution departments and teams to develop, co-ordinate and monitorinformation, advice and guidance to support access and participation in HE. This will include facilitating knowledge exchange from external agencies into the institution to relevant departments.

About You

  • Must have a degree/equivalent qualificationin a relevent subject area or equivalent or substantial workexperience in this area
  • A good understanding of thebarriers to higher education for under-represented groups.
  • You should have experience of working on outreach and/or student support activity and experience working with schools, teachers, parents, and/or community groups would be beneficial.
  • Ability to manage own workload effectively and flexibly in order to meet deadlines
  • Flexible to travel across different locations


There are plenty of benefits available to our staff members, here are just a few:

  • Annual leave entitlement - If you work full time, you'll get at least27 days holiday plus bank holidays and up to 5 discretionary closure days at Christmas (pro rata for part time staff).
    • Support Staff 27 days (increasing to 32 days after 5 years service)
    • Academic 37 days
    • Senior Management 37 days
  • Generous Pension schemes
    • Teachers Pension Scheme
    • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Memberships and discounts - employees can sign up to various membership cards and discount schemes such as TOTUM card (formerly NUS card).
  • Travel and commuting - discounted travel available through Metro card, Northern Rail, First Bus, Arriva Bus and Cycle to work schemes.
  • Learning and development opportunities - including staff development days
  • Employee wellbeing initiatives
  • Flexible and hybrid working opportunities - this will vary depending on role requirements

About Us

Leeds Conservatoire is a music conservatoire located in the Quarry Hill district of Leeds. It provides a variety of undergraduate, foundation and postgraduate degrees in music, dance & drama related subject areas. It also offers a variety of short courses, and organises concerts, festivals and events relating to music & performance. Its emphasis on practical training, creative industry links, help ensure it provides a vibrant artistic community for students.

At University Centre Leeds, we provide a supportive higher education environment designed to promote and enhance independent learning. We have access to industry standard equipment unique to many of our subject areas. These range from our makeup studios to practical science labs.We are proud to be the highest rated for student satisfaction in Leeds for the third year running(National Student Survey 2022).

We are committed to lifelong learning and investing in our staff. Youll have access to a broad variety of training and professional development designed to help you continually develop and grow.Choosing to work for the usmeans that you will be part of an inclusive and progressive learning environment.We hope that we will be part of the next step in your career and look forward to welcoming you.


At Luminate Education Group we are committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our students including children, young people, and vulnerable adults. We expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow the Safer Recruitment requirements and best practice as set out within Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance. All successful applicants will be required to complete mandatory pre-employment checks which include an enhanced DBS check, online checks and must have two satisfactory references. Please be aware that it is a criminal offence to apply for this post if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity in connection to children.


Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in recruitment is key to our Groups values. We are dedicated to fostering a workplace that embraces equality, diversity andinclusion in all its forms, where every candidate is treated with fairness, respect, and equity. Our recruitment processes are designed to ensure equal opportunities, remove bias, and promote a diverse talent pool. We continually assess and improve our practices to ensure that every individual, regardless of background, has an equal chance to succeed. By championing EDI, we aim to create a workforce that reflects the richness of our communities and drives innovation through diverse perspectives. To find out more about what our commitment to EDI means to us pleaseClick here to learn more about our EDI objectives.

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