Staff communities of practice

How the communities of practice work

The staff communities of practice are run by students’ union staff for peers within the student movement. The aim of these groups is to connect, build relationships, and share good practice with people who are in your field, or define into the same liberation group as you. They are key to fostering and sharing staff expertise across the movement.

The students’ union staff coordinator/s of each community of practice is responsible for driving the agenda for meetings and running the meetings.

NUS can offer support to those who lead communities of practice by:

  • assigning a lead contact who can help with coordinating practical arrangements
  • sharing good practice on how to coordinate groups
  • promoting the work of communities of practice to relevant staff across the movement through national communications channels
  • and incorporating time into NUS events for communities of practice to meet and showcase their work.

Setting up a new community of practice

Any staff member in an SU can set up a community of practice. If you work in an area that does not fit into one of the existing groups and would like to connect and share good practice with others in your field please get in touch with  to discuss how we can support you in setting up a new community of practice.

If you have a problem with the links below you can join the groups via this form.

List of staff communities of practice:

NUS Best Bar None Community of Practice

NUS Learning and Development Staff

NUS Disabled Staff


NUS Women Staff

NUS Black Staff

NUS Sustainability Staff

NUS Bar Managers

NUS Shop Managers

NUS Race Matters

NUS Campaigns Staff

NUS Events Staff

NUS Finance Managers

NUS extra

NUS Marketing and Communications Staff

NUS Commercial managers

NUS Halls Life

NUS Give it a Go!

NUS Chief Executive Group

NUS Advice Caseworkers in Students' Unions

NUS Workers in democracy and representation (WIDAR)

NUS Human Resources Staff

NUS Managers of Membership Services (MOMS)

NUS Student Opportunities Staff

Learner Voice Practitioner Network (LVP Network)

NUS Policy Research and Development

NUS LLDD/ SEND Staff Group

NUS Housing

NUS Catering Managers

LVPN Wales Learner Voice Practitioner Network Wales

NUS South Coast SU CEO/GMs

NUS Arts Unions Community of Practice

List of project groups:

NUS Learner Voice Framework

NUS Workplace Support

NUS Announcements

NUS General Discussion