Deputy Head of Widening Participation Ref 8227

School/department: Communications, Marketing and Advancement
Hours: Full time. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Permanent 
Reference:  8227
Salary: starting at £42,149 to £50,296 per annum
Placed on:  20 April 2022
Closing date:  23 May 2022. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: To be confirmed
Expected start date: To be confirmed

Job description

We are proud of our commitment to fair access and widening participation at the University of Sussex and strongly believe in empowering people to make the most of their potential, regardless of their background or life circumstances. Sussex 2025, our University’s strategic framework, pledges to transform our campus into one that is experienced as inclusive to all communities, where equal opportunity delivers fair access and fair outcomes and we value and celebrate diversity.

The Deputy Head of Widening Participation - Access significantly supports both our strategic aims and our values by leading on the operational management of our Access programme. The role ensures that our outreach programmes are carefully designed, developed and delivered to encourage, inspire, and inform those underrepresented in Higher Education.  

To be successful in this role you will need significant experience of:

  • Developing and delivering Widening Participation activities in an HE setting
  • Building excellent working relationships in educational and/or third sector organisations
  • Excellent team leadership and operational management skills  
  • Effective project and budget management skills

Please contact Samantha Dunnett, Head of Widening Participation, ( for informal enquiries.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download the full job description and person specification (reference number 8227) (PDF 212KB)

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

Visa Sponsorship:

This role may be eligible for sponsorship. For a job to be eligible for sponsorship it needs to be assigned an eligible SOC code & meet minimum salary requirements and be full time. Please contact so they can check if this role can be assigned to an eligible SOC code and meets the minimum salary requirements. You can also consult our Skilled Worker Visa Information page for further information.


How to apply

Download our professional services application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as or .pages) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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