University of Southampton – Director of Widening Participation and Social Mobility


27th September 2019

Salary: Competitive with attractive benefits

Location: Southampton

Ranked in the top 100 of universities globally* and among the UK’s top 20**, the University of Southampton has an international reputation for excellence in research, enterprise, and education.

The Director of Widening Participation & Social Mobility is a newly created strategic post responsible for a wide and varied remit of widening access and student success. The role has been designed to establish the University of Southampton as a sector leader, cultivating a progressive relationship with the Office for Students’ Directorate of Fair Access, and for meeting the civic responsibilities of a large university. The role is critical to providing an enhanced student experience by designing and delivering services that meet the needs of those underrepresented in higher education.

Through the leadership of four major teams that deliver actions across the student lifecycle, the role holder will have direct responsibility for the ongoing development, delivery, and monitoring of the Widening Participation Strategies and the Access and Participation Plan. This will help to ensure the university delivers exciting widening participation and social mobility strategies that change current and prospective students’ lives.

You will have significant and wide-ranging knowledge of the widening participation landscape and cultural and cross-cultural sensitivity and understanding. Your track record of leading teams is underpinned by the ability to deliver results in a rapidly changing area. You will possess excellent influencing skills and will be motivated by the widening access and social mobility agenda. With a leadership background amassed in a large and complex academic organisation, your extensive knowledge of the post-16 educational landscape will be global.

The University of Southampton aims to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Further information and a candidate brief along with details on how to apply can be found at

For an informal discussion on the role please contact Gin Bhandal on 0121 654 5932.

Closing date for applications will be Friday 27th September 2019 at 12pm midday.

*QS World Rankings 2019

**Complete University Guide 2018/19