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Diversity Surveys (NUS)

The annual NUS Diversity Survey measures characteristics of staff and officers in nine areas: age, gender, gender identity, parenting responsibilities, caring responsibilities, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, faith and belief, nationality and disability. The Survey also contains a profile of staff within management and leadership roles and in the 2011-2012 data it included data on general managers/CEOs and presidents. The Survey Reports provide a national snapshot of the student movement workforce and helps to inform initiatives aimed at promoting equality.

Over the last several years the Survey has shown that the student movement workforce is a relatively diverse one, particularly amongst student staff, student officers and younger students' union staff. And there are some specific areas where we appear to be doing well. For example, the proportion of lesbian, gay, bi and trans respondents continues to be high and the majority of staff and officers are open at work about their sexual orientation. There is also a high disclosure of disabilities, health conditions and impairments.

However, the Surveys have also highlighted areas for concern, such as the underrepresentation of black staff at all levels and women and older people, in leadership roles.


2012-2013 Diversity Survey Report  – This report is the first to highlight data on general managers/CEOs and presidents, as well as qualitative data from both staff and officers.

2011-2012 Officer Diversity Report  

2010-2011 Diversity Survey Report

2009-2010 Diversity Survey Report – This report highlights changing trends observed across the students' union workforce in the UK from 2005-2010.