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

Job Title: Trustees | The Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education (TASO)
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: Unremunerated
Reference: TASO
Contact Name: Jennifer Horan
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 24, 2020 16:26

Job Description

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 visit Peridot's website:

For more information, please contact our consultants at Peridot Partners for a confidential discussion:

Jennifer Horan | 07519 070497 |

Philippa Fabry | 07772 902071 |

Closing date: 9am, Monday 3rd August 2020

Equal opportunities is university policy.