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Trustees | The Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education (TASO)

TASO is a new What Works Centre for the Higher Education sector with a focus on eliminating equality gaps in HE within 20 years. We are now looking to appoint new Trustees with diverse skills and experiences including strategic finance and accountancy, HR and Talent Management, people with experience of philanthropy and PR & Communications.

  • Location: Central London
  • Salary: Unremunerated

About the role

The Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education (TASO) is a new What Works Centre for the higher education sector, part of the Government’s What Works Movement. Committed to the generation, synthesis and dissemination of high-quality evidence about effective practice in widening participation and student outcomes, we will be an independent hub for higher education professionals to access leading research, toolkits, evaluation techniques and more to help widen participation and improve equality within the sector.

We were established in Spring 2019 and we are now spinning out as an independent organisation. We were set up by a consortium of King’s College London, Nottingham Trent University and the Behavioural Insights Team, and we are funded by the Office for Students. We will be fully independent and self-funding by 2022.

This year we have appointed our new founding Director, Omar Khan, to lead TASO into the next stage of development and support us to deliver our mission to widen participation in higher education and focus on eliminating equality gaps in higher education within 20 years.

TASO has substantial sector backing, and there is a significant opportunity to build upon this goodwill to create an influential organisation which will establish ‘what works’ in widening participation and ensure that this is adopted by policy makers and practitioners in HE, government and beyond.

Who we're looking for

We are now looking to appoint new Trustees who will work with our founding Trustees and Omar Khan to take TASO forward and ensure we are an effective and impactful organisation. This is a great time to join at the very start of our new journey, offering the opportunity to contribute to shaping and developing an organisation that has the potential to transform lives.

We are looking for people with wide-ranging experiences across different sectors who can bring a different way of thinking. Our Trustees will be passionate about what TASO is striving to achieve.

We are seeking a number of people with diverse skills and experiences including but not limited to: strategic finance and accountancy, HR and Talent Management, people with experience of philanthropy and PR & Communications. A priority for us is to ensure we represent the people we are seeking to support and so we are looking to appoint a student representative – someone who has not had a traditional route to university and perhaps came from a vocational route. We expect all our Trustees to be credible advocates and ambassadors of TASO. Given we are a new and growing organisation, it would be helpful to have people who are entrepreneurial and who may have direct experience of start-up.

We expect the time commitment to build up to a day a month as TASO becomes established. This will include quarterly meetings, occasional considered input into working groups and attendance at sector events.

If you are excited by the opportunity to develop TASO to become the go-to organisation for transforming equality in higher education, then please contact our consultants at Peridot Partners for a confidential discussion:

Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk

Philippa Fabry | 07772 902071 | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: 9am, Monday 3rd August 2020

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Welcome from our Chair, Eunice Simmons

Thank you for your interest in joining the Board of the Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes (TASO).

TASO has a unique opportunity to drive equality in higher education, and I have been hugely encouraged by the level of support the HE sector has already demonstrated for its mission. Widening participation is currently centre stage in higher education, and TASO will need to work with hundreds of institutions across the sector to address this important challenge.

We are currently spinning out of King’s College London to be an independent organisation and we have just appointed Omar Khan as our Founding Director to build our charity and presence. Given our current stage of development we are looking to appoint a diverse range of people to our Board to help us build our organisation.

If you share my passion for equality within higher education and are excited by the opportunity to launch and develop an organisation that has the potential to eliminate equality gaps in education, then please get in touch with our consultants at Peridot Partners.

Professor Eunice Simmons
Chair of the Board of Trustees

About The Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education (TASO)

TASO was set up by a consortium of King’s College London, Nottingham Trent University and the Behavioural Insights Team.

TASO was established in 2019 and is funded by the Office for Students. TASO will be fully independent and self-funding by 2022.

Our Vision and Mission

Our vision is to eliminate equality gaps in higher education within 20 years.

Our mission is to improve lives through evidence-based practice in higher education.

Evidence and Impact Exchange

Previously known as the Evidence and Impact Exchange (EIX), TASO exists as an independent hub for higher education professionals to access leading research, toolkits, evaluation techniques and more to help widen participation and improve equality within the sector.

Expert Advisers and Researchers

In addition to the organisations co-leading the establishment of TASO, we are supported by other expert researchers from The Education Policy Institute, Higher Education Access Tracker, Coventry University and The Bridge Group. We also have a team of advisers that include Prof. Simon Burgess (Bristol), Prof. Christine Broughan (Coventry), Dr. Sam Friedman (LSE) and Dr. Michael Sanders (King’s College London).

What Works Centre

TASO is an affiliate What Works Centre, and part of the UK Government’s What Works Movement. This means that TASO is committed to the generation, synthesis and dissemination of high-quality evidence about effective practice in widening participation and student outcomes.

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If you would like an informal conversation around the role, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk 

Philippa Fabry | 07772 902071 | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk

To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the experience criteria in the person specification and explains your motivation for applying.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Trustee, TASO” into the subject field.

We will send an acknowledgement email within three working days from receipt. If you have not received a response, please contact Oliver Gardner on oliver@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07807 014772 or Kerry-Ann Charles on kerryann@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 398905.

We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

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Timetable

Closing date: 9am, Monday 3rd August 2020
Candidates informed of outcome: TBC
Interviews: TBC

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

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