Work for us

Part-time, permanent contract

17.5 hours a week

Closing date
Thursday 3 December 12 noon

Interview date
Friday 11 December


About the role

The University of Nottingham Students’ Union are looking for somebody with a strong background in copywriting and content production to join our fast-paced communications team. We’re looking for a part-time marketing communications expert who can deliver creative and engaging copy for all of the Students’ Union’s communications including online and offline materials from email campaigns, newsletters, articles and campaigns to web content.

Whether you’re coming up with ideas from scratch or converting detailed information into engaging content that delivers high impact, you will be involved in the full marketing communication process from initial content planning to delivery. You’ll be a talented, enthusiastic individual adept at providing key messaging to support our varied campaigns and day to day communication activities.

Your main responsibility will be the creation and delivery of messaging and content plans for the many exciting events, activities and major campaigns that we deliver by providing well researched, well written and highly relevant output. Working with our Digital Communication Coordinator, Designers and Web Developer you will take a lead on the Union’s tone of voice and ensure consistency of message across all channels.

Maybe you’re an adept user of Mailchimp or CMS systems but either way, we expect you to have the relevant software skills, sound experience in Creative Writing, English, Journalism or Media and be able to demonstrate your expertise with outstanding examples of written work. We can’t wait to read your application form.

Full-time, fixed term contract to 8 July 2022

35 hours a week

Closing date
Thursday 3 December 12 noon

Interview date(s)
14 & 15 December


About the role

The University of Nottingham Students’ Union requires an Assistant Manager (Venues) in Portland Coffee Co. to join our successful Social Enterprises Team to cover sabbatical leave for 18 months.

Over the last three years we have quickly become the most popular coffee shop on Campus. Located at the heart of the University of Nottingham Campus, our customers range from students, staff and visitors to the beautiful parkland and this year sees us add a coffee truck to our business which now means we can get our wonderful coffee out and about round campus.

We are looking for someone who has a positive attitude when at work with demonstrable managerial skills within the coffee industry, including stock control and social media campaigns. They will have a passion for delivering exceptional customer service and an exceptional coffee experience, who can lead by example to motivate and train a team of student staff to deliver the same.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to deliver training on a one to one or group basis, have excellent time management, organisational, leadership, motivational, verbal, and written communication skills.

The Assistant Manager is also responsible for maintaining high standards both front and back of house so computer skills including the use of Microsoft Word and Excel and knowledge of Food Hygiene and Allergen Legislation is essential. A knowledge of Health & Safety regulations is desirable.

This role will suit a current Manager or Assistant Manager in the coffee industry or a confident and passionate Coffee Shop Supervisor wishing to take the next step in their career who has a friendly positive attitude and enjoys being part of a team.

Approximately 1 day per month in term time

Closing date
9am 30 November


About the role(s)

What is a Trustee?

As a charitable organisation, UoNSU has a Board of Trustees who oversee the overall running of the Students’ Union. Our Trustees oversee our governance, legal compliance and financial stability and trustees need to make sure the organisation is doing a great job for our students both now and in the future.

UoNSU’s Trustee Board comprises of seventeen trustees all with a diverse range of skills and experience. You’ll join elected officers, external professionals, and other student trustees who all share a commitment to improving student life in Nottingham.

This is a voluntary role and unpaid.

What does the role entail?

Trustees are responsible for making the biggest decisions affecting the Students’ Union, and take on a legal duty to be responsible for the charity. Whilst Trustees don’t get involved in the day to day running of the Student’s Union, they do oversee and make decisions on legal, financial or reputation issues affecting UoNSU. Trustees meet and contribute to diverse discussions, giving their perspective, bringing their experience and expertise to help make student life in Nottingham the best it can be. Some example of Trustee decisions have included:

  • The creation and ultimate approval of UoNSU’s long term strategy
  • Overseeing development of our Welcome week programme to broaden the range of activities offered and improve the safety of volunteers.
  • Investment decisions over setting up new trading businesses
  • The decision to become an accredited Living Wage Foundation employer, considering the democratic, financial and legal issues.
  • Overseeing and approving the Student’s Union’s financial plan

Trustees also scrutinise decisions made by staff in the Students’ Union and provide supportive advice, so that the Students’ Union is championing student interests and supporting students to have a great experience.

What’s the time commitment required?

The University of Nottingham Students’ Union Trustee Board meets routinely 5 times a year. Each meeting usually lasts for around 2-3 hours with a similar amount of pre-reading and preparation time. Trustees also sit on one of four sub-committees which have a greater focus on areas like our businesses, the student experience, finance, and our people. These takes place 2-3 times per. In total the commitment is roughly one day per month in term time.

What benefits are there to being a Trustee?

Being a trustee at UoNSU is a rewarding experience. There are always a broad range of issues and topics Trustees need to consider, some really unusual and some really challenging. But it never ceases to surprise us just how amazing our students are. You’ll work with a passionate, dynamic and diverse group of people who all believe we can make student life in Nottingham better.

Who can be a Trustee?

If you’re over the age of 16, and a registered student at the University of Nottingham, we want to hear from you! Applicants must be able to serve a minimum of 2 years as a Student Trustee.

What skills or experience do I need?

There are a variety of areas where student trustees bring a huge amount of specialist knowledge and experience directly relating to students and the student experience to the trustee board.

We’re particularly keen to improve the way we support post graduate students in their University experience. As such we’re really keen to attract students with good knowledge and/or lived experience of what it means to be a post graduate student.

We also want to continue our focus on championing equality and diversity and would welcome applications from students with good knowledge and/or lived experience of:

  • Disabled students
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students
  • Mature students
  • Equality and Diversity on campus


How to apply

To apply please provide your CV, along with a supporting statement of no more than 1 A4 page detailing your suitability for the position of Student Trustee and send to Jackie Dale, HR Specialist, at Jackie.Dale@nottingham.ac.uk.

For more information about this role please see our recruitment pack which is available here.

We’re trying hard to become a more inclusive workplace and to better represent the student community that we serve. We would like to encourage applications from candidates with a disabled, LGBT+ and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background, as they are underrepresented at this level.

Two available positions

35 hours a week

Closing date
26 November 2020 - 10:30am

Interview date
w/c 7 December 2020


About the role(s)

The Supervisor role sits within the Venues Department in Portland Coffee Co. and reports to the Assistant Venues Manager. It is a full time role for 35 hours a week, on a permanent contract and evaluated as Band C with an associated pay range starting at £19,500 per annum. Salary progression is through the Annual Pay Award which is linked to you as an individual meeting the Union’s Good Performance standard.

Your hours will usually be 35 a week but may vary to meet the needs of the role and to support students. To ensure we support your wellbeing, the Students’ Union has a Flexi Time System to give you flexibility around how you manage your working hours without the need to apply formally to change your contractual working pattern.

The probationary period for this role is 3 months.

Full-time permanent position

35 hours a week

Closing date
26 November 2020 @ midnight

Interview date
7 December 2020


About the role(s)

As part of the Student Communities team, the Student Group Coordinator role will have a focus on providing services to student groups to run successfully by equipping student leaders with the skills and knowledge to lead their communities and provide their members with diverse opportunities to participate in. This will be by delivering a range of processes via learning, development and progress interventions in order to make an equitable student experience.
The ideal candidate will have experience of supporting and coaching others, be able to deliver effective training and present information to a range of audiences and use effective interpersonal skills to forge and maintain effective working relationships. Effective consultation and negotiation skills to achieve a desired outcome are essential as well as the ability to develop strong working relationships.
Your role will be part of a new structure at the Students’ Union so you would be joining us at an exciting time. You will have the opportunity to help shape the role, the team and the projects underpinning the work. This particular role would have ownership of our “Funding” enquiries for student groups, this ranges from helping groups with sponsorship contracts, budget management advice, funding applications and improving our training to ensure our groups make the most of their resources.

Approximately 1 day per month in term time

Closing date
9am 30 November


About the role(s)

What is a Trustee?

As a charitable organisation, UoNSU has a Board of Trustees who oversee the overall running of the Students’ Union. Our Trustees oversee our governance, legal compliance and financial stability and trustees need to make sure the organisation is doing a great job for our students both now and in the future.

UoNSU’s Trustee Board comprises of seventeen trustees all with a diverse range of skills and experience. You’ll join elected officers, external professionals, and other student trustees who all share a commitment to improving student life in Nottingham.

This is a voluntary role and unpaid.

What does the role entail?

Trustees are responsible for making the biggest decisions affecting the Students’ Union, and take on a legal duty to be responsible for the charity. Whilst Trustees don’t get involved in the day to day running of the Student’s Union, they do oversee and make decisions on legal, financial or reputation issues affecting UoNSU. Trustees meet and contribute to diverse discussions, giving their perspective, bringing their experience and expertise to help make student life in Nottingham the best it can be. Some example of Trustee decisions have included:

  • The creation and ultimate approval of UoNSU’s long term strategy
  • Overseeing development of our Welcome week programme to broaden the range of activities offered and improve the safety of volunteers.
  • Investment decisions over setting up new trading businesses
  • The decision to become an accredited Living Wage Foundation employer, considering the democratic, financial and legal issues.
  • Overseeing and approving the Student’s Union’s financial plan

Trustees also scrutinise decisions made by staff in the Students’ Union and provide supportive advice, so that the Students’ Union is championing student interests and supporting students to have a great experience.

What’s the time commitment required?

The University of Nottingham Students’ Union Trustee Board meets routinely 5 times a year. Each meeting usually lasts for around 2-3 hours with a similar amount of pre-reading and preparation time. Trustees also sit on one of four sub-committees which have a greater focus on areas like our businesses, the student experience, finance, and our people. These takes place 2-3 times per. In total the commitment is roughly one day per month in term time.

What benefits are there to being a Trustee?

Being a trustee at UoNSU is a rewarding experience. There are always a broad range of issues and topics Trustees need to consider, some really unusual and some really challenging. But it never ceases to surprise us just how amazing our students are. You’ll work with a passionate, dynamic and diverse group of people who all believe we can make student life in Nottingham better.

What skills or experience do I need?

The Lay Trustees have a very important role to play with regard to continuity, advice and guidance to new Trustees, particularly the Elected Officers and Student Trustees who will change every year or two. The external nature of lay trustees helps ensure we consider fresh perspectives, improves healthy challenge and combined with their greater professional knowledge and experience helps improve oversight of the strategy and the running of the organisation.

Following a review of the Trustees and a planned retirement we are looking for individuals with specific experience in people leadership, developing organisation culture, and developing high performing teams.

Applicants must be able to serve a 3 years term as a Lay Trustee, and have the potential to serve a second term.

How to apply

To apply please provide your CV, along with a supporting statement of no more than 1 A4 page detailing your suitability for the position of Student Trustee and send to Jackie Dale, HR Specialist, at Jackie.Dale@nottingham.ac.uk.

For more information about this role please see our recruitment pack which is available here.

We’re trying hard to become a more inclusive workplace and to better represent the student community that we serve. We would like to encourage applications from candidates with a disabled, LGBT+ and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background, as they are underrepresented at this level.

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