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.
The Terms of Reference for Communities Practice/Staff Network that outlines NUS' role and responsbilty when it comes to these groups can be found here: https://www.nusconnect.org.uk/resources/communities-of-practice-staff-network-terms-of-reference-2019-20/download_attachment
Joining a Community of Practice
Please click on the name of the group you want to join to below
If you have a problem accessing the group below you can join the groups via this form or contact Customer Services.
Active Communities of Practice:
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.)
- REACH Staff (race, ethicnicity and cultural heritages)
Joining a self-defining staff group
To join a self-defining staff group please visit this form or contact Customer Services.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how we can support you in setting up a new Community of Practice.
For a full list and more information about all active Workplace Groups, please click here