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Project Manager: North East Raising Aspiration Partnership

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 10th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £30,942 - £40,322 per annum
  • REF: 5804
  • Closes: 24th February 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • 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: £30,942 – £40,322 per annum

Closing Date: 24 February 2021

The Role

The North East Raising Aspiration Partnership is a collaboration of the five universities in the region (Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside), working together to support higher education progression and widen participation. The Partnership is seeking an innovative and creative Project Manager to lead on collaborative activity across the region, including our school-based provision and specialist work with care experienced students and young carers.

You will lead and manage a small delivery team and be required to work closely with higher education teams across the region working within our Partner institutions. Knowledge and understanding of widening participation and social mobility in a higher education context is essential to the role.

The full time, fixed term position is based at Newcastle University with travel required throughout the region and the occasional need to work outside of normal office hours. Funding for this position is currently committed to 31 July 2022.

For informal enquires please contact Kate Murray, Head of Regional Partnerships (Widening Participation) at kate.murray1@newcastle.ac.uk or visit our website at www.nerap.ac.uk

Key Accountabilities

  • Lead the development and delivery of the NERAP programme of activity as agreed with our Partner institutions
  • Lead on the development and delivery of specific targeted projects for Young Carers and Care Experienced young people
  • To support the Partnership to develop and implement a regional Care Leavers Covenant
  • To line manage project delivery staff including setting clear objectives, training, performance management and provision of support and guidance
  • To monitor and evaluate the impact of our programmes reporting to the Partnership including providing evidence to illustrate progress against Access and Participation Plan Agreement collaborative targets/outputs
  • To update and develop the NERAP Business Plan on an annual basis to ensure delivery targets meet Partner’s needs
  • To have financial responsibility for the NERAP budget reporting to the NERAP Strategy Group on expenditure as required
  • To service the NERAP Strategy and Management Group providing an effective secretarial service including creation of meeting papers and reports to ensure transparent oversight of progress and financial monitoring
  • Lead the development of appropriate online and printed marketing and publicity materials to promote the programme of activities to young people, their teachers, parents and advisers
  • To develop relationships with appropriate networks, organisations and individuals across the Partnership

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Experience of leading widening participation projects, developing project plans and delivery of outreach activity
  • Knowledge and experience of working with young people currently under represented in higher education and strategies to support in a widening participation context, including but not limited to, support for care experienced students
  • Knowledge and understanding of higher education policy and how this impacts on widening participation programme development
  • Experience of working with local authorities and regional key stakeholders to support the development and delivery of outreach programmes
  • Project management and governance experience including servicing partnership committees, taking minutes, producing reports and briefings for senior management
  • Financial planning and budget management
  • Effective live management and development of staff
  • Detailed knowledge and experience of legislation on the Health and Safety of students, data protection and internet safety

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Demonstrable evidence of leading outreach programme development in a higher education context
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience of managing complex workloads and working flexibly to changing requirements
  • Ability to set own priorities in conjunction with team and area objectives
  • Outstanding levels of initiative
  • Considered approach and ability to be tactful and diplomatic
  • Innovative and creative
  • Willingness to travel across the region and work within Partner institutions including the occasional weekend/evening to support project delivery


  • Degree level qualification

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff 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.

Requisition ID: 5804

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