Communities of Practice

How Communities of Practice work

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. Communities exist for both Students' Union staff and sabbatical officers.

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
  • Incorporating time into NUS events for Communities of Practice to meet and showcase their work.

Joining a Community of Practice

Please visit and log in with the same email address as you use for NUS Connect.

You will then be able to search for the groups below.

If you have a problem  finding the group below you can join the groups via this form or contact Customer Services.


Active Communities of Practice:

  • CEO's, Deputy CEO's and Directors (SLT)
  • Student Opportunities Staff
  • Advice Caseworkers in Students' Unions (ACSU)
  • Workers in democracy and representation (WIDAR)
  • Managers of Membership Services (MOMS)
  • Human Resources Staff
  • Deputy Returning Officers
  • LVPs (Learner Voice Practitioners)
  • Small & Specialist Staff
  • Events Staff
  • Commercial Staff
  • Finance Staff
  • Campaigns Staff
  • MarComms Staff


Self-defining Staff Groups:

  • Disabled Staff
  • LGBT+ Staff (‘LGBT+’ is our acronym for people who define as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans and the ‘+’ is representative of other groups who are oppressed because of their sexuality and gender identity e.g. non-binary, gender-queer, queer, asexual and pansexual.)
  • Women Staff ('Women’ and the NUS Women’s Campaign at NUS is inclusive on non-binary people and those with complex gender identities.)
  • Black Staff (‘Black’ at NUS is used as a political term uniting those from African, Arab, Asian, Caribbean, Indigenous, Pacific Islander, and South American communities.)


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.


Workplace Groups

For a full list and more information about all active Workplace Groups, please click here