Pearson Access and Participation Manager in London, United Kingdom

Access and Participation Manager


At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.


Our mission is clear: to become one of the UK’s leading universities for in-depth industry engagement. As a pioneering Higher Education Institution (HEI), we’re transforming industry today and tomorrow, by designing and delivering education powered by industry experience.

At Pearson College London, industry engagement drives us; it’s not just what we do, it’s who we are. And it is what will take us, and our students, into the future. Every university focuses on “employability” - what sets us apart is the level of industry engagement that we’re able to offer. Industry engagement is at the core of everything that we do; our industry partners deliver workshops for our students, they also design, develop and deliver our courses, offer our students internship opportunities, set them live briefs and attend their end of term showcases.

When you combine higher education and industry, everyone benefits. Especially when there’s a need for graduates to stand out from the crowd in a competitive market.

About the role

Pearson College London is committed to ensuring that all students from all backgrounds are supported to access, participate and succeed in higher education. The Access and Participation Manager is the pivotal role for delivering that commitment. The post-holder is responsible for coordinating and drafting the Access and Participation Plan, driving the initiatives set out in the plan, and monitoring and evaluating their success. Advising the Executive Team on all matters relating to Access and Participation is a key aspect of the role.


These are the key responsibilities of the job, on occasion you may be required to undertake other duties commensurate with your grade;

  1. Chairing the Access and Participation working group

  2. Liaising with the Head of Student Information Systems to ensure that appropriate data concerning applicants and students is collected, reported and disseminated, in accordance with the reporting requirements of the Office for Students and the internal management requirements of Pearson College London.

  3. Analysing the applicant and student data to identify gaps in access, success and progression by under-represented groups, including inter-sectional data where appropriate.

  4. Developing systems to compare data from Pearson College London with appropriate sector benchmarks and other comparators.

  5. Liaising with Schools and departments to develop measures to encourage applicants from under-represented groups to apply to Pearson College London and to ensure that they are successful on their programme and supported into their chosen employment.

  6. Developing, drafting and managing the Access and Participation Plan, in accordance with the requirements of the Office for Students.

  7. Monitoring the progress of the Access and Participation Plan against targets and making recommendations to the Executive about new targets as appropriate.

  8. Liaising with staff from the finance department to ensure that expenditure on Access and Participation is properly recorded and auditable.

  9. Keeping up to date with the requirements of the Office for Students and best practice in the higher education sector regarding Access and Participation.

  10. Working with other members of the Academic Affairs team on other duties as directed by the Deputy Vice-Principal (Academic Affairs) or the Vice-Principal (Academic Quality and Enhancement).

Why Pearson College London?

We’ve come a long way in a short space of time: We continually innovate and in the past year the College and our students have been nominated for several awards, including the CIM’s Marketing Excellence Awards 2018, the Times Higher Education Awards 2017 for Business School of the Year and Outstanding University Entrepreneurship Award, the HEIST Awards 2017 for Best Marketing Team, Best Prospectus from a Specialist Institution and Best Website. Our Escape Studios undergraduate degrees team received a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) finalist certificate recognising our collaboration with industry to develop the programmes for the benefit of our students who are now benefiting from the ​innovative ​approach to course development.

Real world ready:We collaborate with industry, thought leaders and experts to anticipate industry needs. We create experiences that develop savvy, work-ready graduates, who are ready for the real-world - today and tomorrow.

Transformative:We’re transforming and disrupting HE and industry. We challenge the status-quo.

Team rules! Students, industry, colleagues, thought-leaders - collaboration, inclusion and transparency are crucial to success.

Engaged and curious:We are constantly engaged and curious about changing industries, and learning by doing.

More great things about working here….

We’re part of Pearson Plc, the world's largest education company. Pearson has over 30,000 staff worldwide and this role is based in their offices in London. Pearson is committed to a world that’s always learning and to its talented team who makes it all possible.

We’ll expect a lot and we know you’ll do great work, so we give a lot back with some of the best benefits in the business. We know that one size doesn’t fit all so our workplace programs meet the different needs of our diverse teams, and their families too. There is a range of options, too many to list here, but when you join you can expect:

  • a starting holiday of 25 days increasing to 30, with options to flex up or down

  • an annual incentive plan based on company and individual performance

  • generous pension scheme - contributions are double matched by Pearson

  • stock purchase options

  • health plans, and an employee assistance programme for you and your family, to help balance work, family and personal life including flexible working, dental plans, childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme and season ticket loans.

If we sound like a good match for you, or maybe for a friend, we’d love to receive an application. Find out more about how learning makes us, at

Pearson is an equal opportunities employer. We do not discriminate against employees or job applicants and select the best person for each job based on relevant skills and experience.

We are also committed to building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce and encouraging equality and diversity.

The information you provide will stay confidential, and be stored securely. It will not be seen by those involved in making decisions as part of the recruitment process.




  • Educated to degree level

  • A proven track record in delivering to targets and deadlines

  • A proven track record of experience in access and participation initiatives in higher education


  • Masters degree

  • A working knowledge of Higher Education and the UK Quality Code and the current issues and challenges within the sector

  • IT experience in a Windows environment, including Excel

  • A good knowledge of the requirements of the Office for Students with respect to access and participation by under-represented groups

  • Experience of drafting access and participation agreements or plans and monitoring and evaluating their success

Good knowledge and experience of data sets used in higher education, including sources of benchmarks and comparative data

  • IT experience in a Windows environment, including Excel

  • A good knowledge of the requirements of the Office for Students with respect to access and participation by under-represented groups

  • Experience of drafting access and participation agreements or plans and monitoring and evaluating their success

  • Good knowledge and experience of data sets used in higher education, including sources of benchmarks and comparative data



  • A proven commitment to widening access to HE and successful participation and progression of under-represented groups

  • High level skills in data analysis

  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal

  • Meticulous record keeping

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality about sensitive issues

  • Works to meet quality standards with a habit of checking own work for accuracy and presentation standards

  • Ability to organise own tasks and activities in a systematic way, juggling work priorities to meet deadlines

  • Able to use own initiative when required and escalate where appropriate

  • A flexible team player.


Primary Location: GB-GB-London

Work Locations: GB-London-190 High Holborn 190 High Holborn London WC1V 7BH

Job: General Business Operations

Organization: Core

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Mar 18, 2019

Job Unposting: Apr 17, 2019

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1813859

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.