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Project Coordinator

Student and Academic Services (SAS)

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 09th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £26,341 - £27,924 (with progression to £30,497) per annum
  • REF: 13880
  • Closes: 23rd November 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary: £26,341 – £27,924 (with progression to £30,497) per annum

Closing Date: 23rdNovember 2021

The Role

The North East Raising Aspiration Partnership (funded by the five universities in the North East Region) is seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated graduate for the role of Project Coordinator.

Working as part of a Central Project Team, the Project Coordinator will co-ordinate and deliver a range of activities and services in order to support the development and delivery of the Partnership activity on behalf of the NERAP Partner Universities.

The post holder must have an awareness and understanding of widening participation and experience of working with and enthusing young people about Higher Education. Strong communication and presentation skills and experience of planning and organising intensive, complex, customer-orientated events and activities for young people, parents/carers and teachers .

Interview date: 6 December 2021

For informal enquires please contact Louise Harrison, NERAP Project Manager via email: louise.harrison@ncl.ac.ukor visit www.nerap.ac.uk.

Key accountabilities

  • Plan, develop and deliver a range of outreach activities, as agreed by the NERAP Partnership, for young people and targeted vulnerable groups, ensuring suitable accommodation for the events; implementation of appropriate procedures to ensure health and safety of participants and catering arrangements.
  • Under the guidance of the NERAP Project Manager, co-ordinate key activities on behalf of the Partnership in particular, our work with vulnerable groups, the specific targeted progressive programme for Young Carers and Care Experienced young people and primary/secondary school events.
  • Liaise with Partnership members, teachers and key stakeholders to obtain a clear specification of the requirements of events/activities which ensure the effective delivery of activities.
  • Under the guidance of the NERAP Project Manager, develop an effective network of relationships with key influencers and stakeholders to improve relationships and actively promote the work of the Partnership in order to achieve NERAP Business Plan objectives.
  • Contribute to the development and production of appropriate NERAP online and printed communication and marketing materials for use with key audiences, including presentations for students, teachers and parents/carers, and key Programme information. This will involve liaising with design companies; co-ordinating design schedules; proofing work and contributing to decisions about the design of materials.
  • Under the guidance of the NERAP Project Manager, co-ordinate the schedule of communications for teachers, parents/carers and partners to ensure that they are regularly informed and updated about the NERAP Programme, liaising closely with the rest of the Central Project Team with regard to relevance and useful content.
  • Maintain an overview of the NERAP delivery budget, including the monitoring and recording of expenditure to support the NERAP Project Manager in reporting to the NERAP Strategy Group on expenditure as required.
  • Maintain the Partnership booking and monitoring systems and the NERAP website.
  • Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of NERAP programmes including the creation of the annual impact report. Prepare relevant evaluation reports to ensure continuous improvement of activity and provide evidence to illustrate progress against Access and Participation Plan Agreement collaborative targets/outputs.
  • Supervise the Partnership Higher Education Ambassadors to ensure the Partnershipis able to deliver on agreed widening participation activities.
  • Service the NERAP Management and Strategy Groups, providing an effective secretariat service including minute taking.
  • Under the guidance of the NERAP Project Manager, maintain an overview of GDPR requirements for the Partnership.
  • Contribute to other relevant duties and activities as directed by the NERAP Project Manager.

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Direct experience of the UK school and HE system.
  • An awareness and understanding of issues relating to the progression, recruitment and admission of students into Higher Education, especially from under-represented groups.
  • An understanding and interest in widening participation.
  • Experience of working with and enthusing young people about Higher Education.
  • Experience of planning and organising intensive, complex, customer-orientated events and activities for young people, parents/carers and teachers.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Excellent IT skills
  • An understanding of data protection, child protection and internet safety issues.
  • Experience of digital content creation/production, e.g., video editing, production and animation.
  • Full UK driving licence (vehicle will be provided as necessary).

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Outstanding attention to detail.
  • Flexibility and a positive approach to tasks, activities and situations.
  • The ability to handle difficult and often sensitive situations.
  • The ability to communicate both verbally and in writing with a wide range of audiences.
  • The ability to research and develop new outreach activity in support of progression to HE.
  • Willingness to work at Partner organisations across the region as required.
  • Willingness to travel regularly across the region
  • Willingness to work some evenings and weekends


  • Degree level qualification

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all. You can learn more about what is available here on ourBenefitsWebsite page.

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