Talented people

Friday 14-10-2016 - 10:20

The strength of our movement relies on attracting, developing and retaining outstanding volunteers, staff, elected officers and trustees. We are only truly powerful when we work with people who can reflect the wonderful diversity of our membership.

We have done so much to be pioneers in diversity and accessibility. But we can still do so much more to improve the diversity of the people who are the backbone of the student movement.

It is also clear that members need a tailored and more accessible year-round programme of learning and development for the range of roles in students’ unions.

As outlined in the NUS100 strategy we are embarking on a collaborative project with you to ensure we both develop the talent we have within the movement – with a particular focus on underrepresented groups – and develop an effective employer brand that attracts new, diverse talent into the movement.

In December 2016 we will publish a career pathways map for the movement.

In July 2017 we will launch an employer brand for the student movement and a national Learning Academy.

Over the next few months we will be working with HR/people managers within students’ unions to shape these two areas of work. Through the Membership Engagement team every union will be briefed individually and able to contribute to the work. We will also be running focus groups at key meetings and networking events.

We would hugely appreciate your input at this stage into the first piece of desk research: mapping career pathways across the movement. To generate a full picture of the range of roles and progression routes within students’ unions we will be asking those who can contribute for your; 

  • Full set of job descriptions
  • Organisational charts
  • Pay scale information (if not included on JDs)

These will all be kept confidentially and only used to inform the career pathways document.

Please send the documents directly to

We’re very excited about the potential of this project to help develop talented people who are with us already as well as attract new ones across the movement.

#LoveSUs and the people who make them great,



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