The Sector Network brings together researchers, practitioners and evaluators with an interest in widening participation and student success. Members will provide a ‘voice of the sector’ by addressing emerging issues on the ground and helping TASO influence policy and practice to drive greater equality of opportunity for students.

The role of the network is wide-ranging. We envisage it will include:

Advising: To meet TASO’s requirement of ensuring successful ‘translation and adoption of evidence’. For example, develop and test ideas for the online practitioner toolkit, so it meets the needs of the diverse sector and to ensure it is widely adopted to help inform access and participation provision.

Innovation: To respond to ideas being put forward by TASO, to suggest potential solutions to challenges being presented by TASO and to proactively share ideas with TASO for continual improvement.

Capacity-building: To help shape and/or co-create events, training, conferences that empower and build capacity with sector colleagues.

Join the Sector Network
We are currently recruiting individuals to join the TASO Sector Network. Interested? You will be asked to devote a minimum of 10 hours per year, although there would be opportunity for greater involvement depending on your interest and capacity.

We are looking for a range of individuals including:

  • Outreach practitioners and HE professionals
  • Researchers
  • Policy professionals

How to apply
Individuals wishing to join the TASO Sector Network should send an email to This email application should include:

  • A cover letter (no more than two pages) including details of your relevant experience
  • Any potential or actual conflicts of interest
  • The subject heading “TASO Sector  Network Application”

Membership of the TASO Sector Network does not preclude you from bidding for funding to lead on research projects to help improve the widening participation and student success evidence base.

If you have any questions about the role please email