Academic Representation Co-Ordinator

Bristol Student Union
25,219 - £28,858
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, 27 September, 2023 - 17:00
Contract Type: 
Full Time
Details of Role: 

Empowering and supporting students to shape their academic experience – could you be our new Academic Representation Co-Ordinator?  

We’re looking for someone with the passion to support students to shape and get the most out of their university experience. In partnership with Bristol University, Bristol SU supports an academic representation system of over 900 student representatives. Academic representation and student voice is the bedrock of why Bristol Students’ Union exists and we’re really proud of what we do for students, empowering them to shape and enhance their academic experience.

As part of our Academic Representation Team, you'll shape structures and processes to ensure we offer impactful student representation to influence the academic experience at Bristol. The current structures for academic representation are working, but at Bristol we're interested in challenging ourselves to do more. You’ll be excited to be creative around academic representation and work with the team to re-think our approach. At Bristol, we’re up for radical change, and this is an area where we’d like to do something new.

If you’re successful, you’ll provide direct support to student representatives and relevant university staff in order to maximise the effectiveness and impact of Bristol SU’s academic representation. You will support student-led work on educational issues affecting undergraduate and postgraduate students such learning spaces, assessment, industrial action, academic and wellbeing support and more. You’ll also support our student leaders, particularly our full-time education officers and part-time faculty representatives, to develop confidence and skills to influence and make change.

You don’t have to have worked in higher education or in a students’ union before to be great at this role. You’ll need to have a strong understanding of representative structures and supporting, empowering and developing volunteers. You’ll be enthusiastic to deliver dynamic training to student leaders and you’ll be good at creating accessible briefings and guides for a volunteer audience.

Our team isn’t as representative of our student body as we’d like it to be so we’re particularly keen to hear from you if you’re Black, disabled, transgender, working class or have any other marginalised experience. It’s important to us that we diversify our team and that students see themselves represented here.

If you want to know more about our team or our approach to inclusion, or you’re wondering whether you’d be right for this role, please get in touch via email to:

What’s the job? 

Role:  Academic Representation Co-Ordinator

Hours: Full Time - 35 Hours Per Week (we will consider part time applicants)

Salary: £25,219 - £28,858

Contract:  One-year Fixed-Term

Closing date:  Wednesday 20th September


Who are we?

Part business, part charity, part membership body – Bristol SU is a seriously fun place to work.  Our professional staff do something extraordinary every day: we support student leaders to give people a voice in their education, help people get the most out of their student experience and help people make the change they want in the world. We have over 26,000 members, 400 clubs and societies, a diverse range of professional services, and an innovative strategy that will help to create an inclusive and supportive University community.

What will you bring?

=        You’ll have experience of supporting, motivating and empowering student representatives or volunteers.

=        You’ll be able to quickly learn new systems and software and identify opportunities for innovation.  

=        You know how to effectively manage your time and take responsibility for workload and prioritising of tasks in a fast-paced environment. 

=       You’re a skilled communicator, able to collaborate with others and build strong relationships with others.

Why apply?

Because you’re excited to make a difference! 

We offer lots of great benefits including enhanced pay for parents taking maternity, adoption or shared parental leave, a competitive salary for the non-profit sector, a generous pension scheme and at least 40 days’ holiday. We’re committed to helping you achieve a healthy work-life balance through flexible working and are open to considering requests for part-time working. We provide professional training so that whatever your chosen field of work, with the right mix of challenge and support, you’ll gain fantastic experience, and room to develop and advance your career.

We are proud to have been recognised through numerous accreditations and awards that demonstrate our commitment to creating a positive and supportive culture. We have appeared in the Inclusive Companies top 100 list and have won a number of awards for our commitment to diversity, including best Students' Union. We also won a Third Sector Excellence Award at the 2018 Investors in People Awards. No wonder 93% of our employees would recommend Bristol SU as a great place to work!

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are central to life at Bristol SU. We approach our work with positivity and celebrate our diverse and unique communities. Our people are proud of our values and care about creating diverse and supportive communities that are inclusive of age, disability, gender, identity, race, religion, sexual orientation and experience.

Be yourself, be proud of the work you do and build a career in a place that knows different is good. 

Before you apply please ensure you download and read our Applicant Pack.

How to Apply: 

To apply please visit our Bristol Students' Union Website: Current Opportunities @ Bristol SU


Contact Person: 
Bristol SU People Team
Contact Email:
Postal Address: 
105 Queens Road Richmond Building