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Access Officer
Position Duration: Post 1: Permanent, Full-Time Contract; Post 2: Fixed-Term Contract, Part-Time Hours (0.5 post ending 31st August 2018)

St. Angela’s College are recruiting for the following two positions of Access Officer:


                Post 1:                  Permanent, Full-Time Contract

                Post 2:                  Fixed-Term Contract, Part-Time Hours (0.5 post ending 31st August 2018)


St. Angela’s College Access Programmes aim to increase participation in university courses from under-represented groups in higher education including recent school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged groups and mature students, and to prepare students academically and personally for entry into Third-level Education.

The Programmes are designed for school leavers and adults whose previous education has been limited by circumstances such as socio-economic disadvantage or other disadvantage, and who have a deep desire to continue their education at Third-level.

Access Officers will have responsibility for developing initiatives and organising activities in line with the National Access policy/policies and NUI Galway’s Widening Participation and Access policies for the purpose of acquainting students with and encouraging them to consider, the prospect of accessing and progressing to Third-level Education. The target areas are Sligo and surrounding counties in the Border-Midlands-West (BMW) region. The target clients are primary and post-primary school students, Further Education Colleges and adults experiencing disadvantage.

This is a broad role which involves working closely with many other College Departments, external agencies, and the Access Centre of NUI Galway. The successful candidate will be student-centered, flexible, with a passion for widening participation to higher education.

The post(s) will include some or all of the following responsibilities:

  • Responding and adapting College Access programmes to align with the National Access policy/policies and NUI Galway’s Widening Participation and Access polices, priorities and strategies;
  • Management and operationalisation of key aspects of the Access Diploma in Foundation Studies (DFS) QQI level 6 programme in line with the National Access policy/policies and NUI Galway’s Access polices, priorities and strategies;
  • Recruitment of students to the Access DFS programme(s);
  • Close monitoring of the progress of Access students;
  • Coordination of Access support courses enabling students to access third level such as study skills seminars, communication skills, revision courses for oral exams, etc., including tutoring in these areas;
  • The overall marketing of Access related events and activities , for example, drafting Press Releases etc.;
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with schools’ personnel (particularly principals/vice-principals and guidance counsellors), community organisations, local development projects and other relevant bodies to ensure maximum participation levels in the education process;
  • Act as an advocate for widening participation at all levels of the College;
  • Keep abreast of key policy developments that impact on student recruitment, admissions and widening participation;
  • Development and maintenance of a network of links and collaboration with other third-level institutions with a view to promoting sector-wide cooperative ventures in relation to Access;
  • Management of all aspects of the HEAR scheme for the College including promotional activities, representing the College at national meetings, liaising with the IUA/CAO and the retention of students who qualify for the scheme;
  • Supporting mature students’ access and engagement with the College’s Third-level education in line with the National Access policy/policies and NUI Galway’s Access polices priorities and strategies.

The post(s) will include some or all of the following duties:

  • To prepare and operate budgets as required;
  • To source, organise and supervise external tutors, suppliers, catering, transport etc. and administer expense claims for same in line with the College’s financial procedures;
  • To attend regular progress meetings with the Access Centre in NUI Galway;
  • To deliver Access support courses in association with NUI Galway to enable students to access third level such as study skills seminars, communication skills, revision courses for oral exams, etc., i.e. tutoring in these areas as appropriate;
  • To act as a mentor to students;
  • To organise and assist with College Open Days and College Awareness Week events and manage the development of information and publicity materials to support widening participation outreach activities using a variety of media;
  • To liaise with schools in the Sligo area and surrounding counties (designated disadvantaged schools and schools involved in the Schools Completion Programme) and arrange activities;
  • To promote awareness of the needs of Access students among staff and students of the College, in cooperation with NUI Galway Schools Liaison Officer(s);
  • To participate in relevant College Committees;
  • To develop an induction programme to support the integration of students to College life;
  • Promote and mange a college- wide approach to delivery of WP activities optimising efficiency and liaise with Access Officer(s), the Students Union, Students Services, and Disability & Learning Support Office and academic departments;
  • To carry out research regarding students who access/may access all non-traditional routes to degree programmes in St Angela’s College and NUI Galway;
  • Contribute to the widening participation evaluation and monitoring strategy and develop systems to ensure that participation data is collated and analysed;
  • To present regular reports ensuring that they are delivered as required in a timely and effective manner;
  • Networking with schools and colleges to develop effective links and partnerships to plan and deliver attainment raising activities.

Other duties may be assigned from time to time by the Head of Education / College President;

The post holder(s) will also have responsibilities in relation to both current and future Government Access initiatives. The College is currently engaged in projects under the National Access Plan’s, Programme for Access to Higher Education (PATH) fund calls.

  • The post holder(s) will make meaningful contributions to the College team leading out on these initiatives;
  • The post holder(s) will support both the in reach and outreach activities on these initiatives. 

The above list of duties, responsibilities and projects is not exhaustive. Staff in the Access roles are required to work together as a team in a flexible manner in response to changing requirements and projects.


Person Specification:

The successful candidate will possess some or all of the following qualifications, knowledge, skills, and attributes:

  • A minimum of a level 8 degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline;
  • Leadership/project management experience in an education context;
  • Relevant experience, minimum of 3 years, in the areas of education/training/youth work or related fields;
  • Experience of working with Access programmes widening participation initiatives;
  • Teaching/tutoring experience working with youth and adults;
  • A strong understanding of the Irish education system;
  • A high level of organisational skills;
  • Proven administration skills with the ability to prioritise, manage and complete a variety of tasks;
  • Financial and budget management skills;
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and independently;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Competent ICT skills;
  • An understanding and experience of the key issues the Access programmes and projects seeks to combat i.e. social/educational disadvantage;
  • Confidence to lead out on developing creative ways of engaging with ‘link’ schools and other schools;
  • An ability to work with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders;
  • Flexibility to work evenings and/or occasional weekends.


Reporting Relationship:

Reporting will be to the Head of Education.

The reporting relationship may be subject to review from time to time, in line with the service needs and developments of the College. 



The salary scale will be in line with current Government Pay Policy (current salary scale: €44,815 - €56,415 per annum)



The post will be based at St. Angela's College, Lough Gill, Sligo and some assignments will require attendance at other sites.



Interested applicants should email a letter of application together with a Curriculum Vitae, including the names and addresses of three referees to:, or post to HR Manager, St. Angela’s College, Lough Gill, and Sligo.

Candidates will be short-listed on the basis of information supplied.

Canvassing will disqualify.

St. Angela's College regrets that it cannot refund any expenses incurred by candidates attending for interview.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo Garda Vetting procedures.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Monday, 23rd October 2017.

St. Angela’s College, Sligo are an Equal Opportunities employer.