Medical Widening Participation Officer – AD2536MR
School of Medicine
Vacancy Description
School of Medicine, Salary: £27,924 - £33,309 per annum, pro rata, Hours of work: Up to 27.36 hours per week, Fixed Term: 3 years, Start: As soon as possible

The School of Medicine is looking to recruit a Medical Widening Participation Officer. This post is split into two distinct roles: one fulfilling the operational and strategic duties of developing and delivering activities and events to support the recruitment and conversion of students from access backgrounds (approximately 0.5FTE of the post).  


This will involve supporting the Medical Admissions team to recruit applicants from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds to our BSc (Hons) Medicine and Gateway to Medicine programmes, including coordination and delivery of access and participation related activities within the School and the local community. As part of the team, you will also be part of the decision-making process for incoming undergraduate students.  


The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate knowledge of widening access and participation, and previous experience of admissions processes and working with school-aged young people.  


The other primary role of this post (approximately 0.25FTE of the post) will include taking a lead in conducting research into the impact of the current contextual admissions policies on academic attainment and progression of medical students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. This work will be supervised by a number of staff within the School.  


The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate knowledge of contextualised admissions policies, and experience of research skills and reporting.  


This is a part-time position on a fixed term contract of 3 years. Applications are welcome from those considering the full 0.75FTE (covering both post roles outlined above). Job shares will also be considered if individuals are interested in either of the individual 0.5FTE or 0.25FTE roles respectively.  


Further information and informal enquiries may be directed to Pamela Dobson, email:, or Clive Masson, email:  


Applications are particularly welcome from people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented in professional posts at the University.    


Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the St Andrews experience.  We strive to create a fair and inclusive culture demonstrated through our commitment to diversity awards (Athena Swan, Carer Positive, LGBT Charter, Race Charters and Stonewall). We celebrate diversity by promoting profiles of BAME, LGBTIQ+ staff and supporting networks including the Staff BAME Network; Staff with Disabilities Network; Staff LGBTIQ+ Network; and the Staff Parents & Carers Network.  Full details available online:


In accordance with the new immigration rules, it is with regret that this role does not meet the current suitability requirements set by the UKVI to enable sponsorship of migrant workers.  The University encourages all interested candidates to apply regardless of nationality and all applications received are assessed against the essential and desirable criteria listed in the further particulars.  The successful candidate will have to demonstrate their right to work in the UK prior to commencing employment and where required, obtain the right to work in the UK without relying on University sponsorship.  Information on other visa options is available at or by contacting our HR Immigration Team on


Interviews will be held on 15 August 2022


Please quote ref: AD2536MR


Closing Date: 1 August 2022


Further Particulars: AD2536MR FPs.doc


School of Medicine
Salary: £27,924 - £33,309 per annum, pro rata
Hours of work: Up to 27.36 hours per week
Fixed Term: 3 years
Start: As soon as possible