Higher Education Champion

Job Category
Vacancy Type
Employment Type
Full time
Salary From
Salary To
Guild House, Peterborough
Faculty/Prof Service
Corporate Marketing
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About ARU:

ARU is a vibrant workplace and our University is gaining prominence both nationally and internationally. We have ambitious plans for the future and we are determined that our students and staff will realise their full potential. Our main campuses in the cities of Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough have been transformed with major capital investment. With an annual turnover of over £200m, we are a major force for higher education and one of the largest universities in the East of England.


About the Role:

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) are a proud partner of the Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (neaco) who are funded as part of the Office for Students’ UniConnect Programme. We aim to help young people from East Anglia with little or no experience of university explore the world of higher education. We work with students in years 9-13 who live in areas identified by the Government with low rates of progression to higher education.


Phase three of the Uni Connect programme started in August 2021 and will, in principle, run through to the end of July 2025. Funding for the programme is subject to confirmation and consultation on an annual basis. To deliver upon the aims and mission of neaco, ARU employs a team of Higher Education Champions to deliver the project branded ‘Take Your Place’ across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough schools, colleges and within our communities.


With a degree or part qualified in a relevant professional qualification at degree level or demonstrable appropriate level of experience and evidence of CPD, you’ll have experience of, and really enjoy, working with young people aged 13 and over. You’ll be enthusiastic, proactive, patient and a creative thinker. We are looking for someone who has knowledge or experience of working with secondary schools and who is confident about progression routes to higher education. You will be interested in supporting young people take the next steps from school or college with confidence and high aspirations. You’ll have excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills and be able to work with a wide range of colleagues. An innovative and engaging presenter, experience of and confidence in organising group activities for young people is essential.


Informal enquiries can be made to Paul Roberts, County Coordinator, at paul.roberts@aru.ac.uk or on 07584 770194. 


This appointment is subject to an enhanced level children's and adults barred list disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service. Further information can be obtained from https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check.


Find out more about working with us.


We offer an extensive range of benefits including a generous holiday entitlement, occupational pension schemes, training and development opportunities, travel to work scheme and a competitive relocation package. Visit our benefits page for full details.


We value diversity at ARU and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Committed to being inclusive and open to discuss flexible working. 


We have a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.


In accordance with the UK Government’s immigration points-based system, this post does not meet the characteristics of a skilled job including salary criteria to be eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker Route.

Guidance Notes: 

For a list of key requirements, please download the Job Description and Person Specification above. To apply for this role please demonstrate how your skills and experience match the criteria in the person specification.