SUN Progression Mentor & Admissions Assistant Full-time/term time
Fixed term contract until 31 July 2022
Queen Mary’s College is funded by the Southern Universities Network (SUN) to provide an in-College Progression Mentor and Assistant. SUN comprises a number of education providers, in Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It is part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) initiative; funded by the Office for Students. NCOP aims to:
• reduce the gap in higher education participation between the most and least represented groups
• support young people to make well-informed decisions about their future education
• support effective and impactful local collaboration by higher education providers working together with schools, colleges, employers and other partners
• contribute to a stronger evidence base around what works in higher education outreach and strengthen evaluation practice in the sector.
This post will see the successful candidate working under the overall direction of the College, with regular liaison with SUN Further Education Project Leaders within the SUN Central team at the University of Southampton.
The post-holder will work with the SUN lead and contribute and develop the College’s engagement in NCOP. The post-holder will act as the point of contact for targeted students, working with them on a 1-2-1/small-group basis, to enable them to realise their aspirations, supporting their social and academic progress through to level 4 study, and encourage students to engage in local and national education and employment initiatives.
The post-holder will undertake SUN activities for approximately 4 days a week and will devote the rest of their time to the College Admissions Team.
The Admissions role relies on a very similar skills set to the SUN role in order to maintain and develop high standards of liaison between the College and its partner schools. There will be an opportunity to learn about the College’s courses, career and HE advice and the enrolment procedures, attend assemblies, school open evenings and other school careers events and join the Team in conducting consultation interviews in schools and at College with Year 11 pupils.
Key accountabilities/primary responsibilities
1. To act as the point of contact for identified targeted students within College. Provide small group and/or 1-2-1 mentoring and support to enable them to participate in education and employment initiatives offered by SUN, partner HEIs, further education colleges, training providers, charities and employers.
Provide support to students making applications to further study including applications for level 3 and level 4 courses (including apprenticeship pathways).
2. To shadow and assist the Lead to build and maintain relationships with key members of staff within College in order to raise the profile of the programme and the opportunities available. To provide support for colleagues to develop and submit project proposals that align with NCOP aims and objectives, monitor the project’s key outcomes, using the SUN evaluation framework and provide operational support where necessary to enable projects to complete successfully.
3. Create and deliver presentations and workshops to college students and their key influencers about all progression opportunities. Provide support for the Lead on the development of activities, programmes and events to support the aims and objectives of NCOP. Work with the lead to ensure new activities align with, and complement, existing college activities around progression.
4. Liaise with partner institution, local employers, councils and charities as appropriate to identify opportunities for students.
5. To support the Lead in producing regular reports on the productivity and standard of events, activities and projects to ensure high quality and effectiveness. To shadow the Lead to build an understanding of the close liaison necessary with the SUN Evaluation team to implement network strategies to monitor and evaluate projects and NCOP activity undertaken at the College.
6. Maintain accurate records of events, students and activity costs, and work closely with the SUN Monitoring and Evaluation team and College finance teams to ensure that these are appropriately collated.
7. To shadow and assist the Lead in representing College at external meetings as appropriate. Attend meetings with SUN FE Project Leaders and staff in similar roles within Further Education Colleges across the region. Share best practice with the group, identify opportunities for collaborative activity and contribute to the SUN post-16 engagement strategy.
Please see attached Job Description for further details.
Interviews commencing week beginning 20 September 2021.
Queen Mary's College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.