East London Students' Union is a progressive charity that supports around 24,000 students that study at the University of East London. We are based in one of the most diverse boroughs in Europe and our membership proudly reflects the communities where we are based.

We have recently launched our new brand and we will soon publish our new strategic plan. Our purpose is to support and empower our students by representing their views and providing a range of supportive services, events and activities to make university life the amazing experience it should be. We have re-opened our newly-refurbished offices, working spaces and reception area on our Docklands campus. New facilities on our Stratford campus will open in late summer.

We will now work to build a students' union that champions their aspirations and can deliver what's needed to make a difference. We are excited about this and have invested in several new posts to give us the expertise needed.

If you are excited by the opportunity to help us do things differently, empower others and build a students' union that can better support our students, then we could have a role for you. If you can operate in environments where change is continual, challenges multi-faceted and where solutions require innovative thinking, you'll thrive here. You'll also need to be self-driven, able to operate with autonomy and be able to balance competing priorities.

Diversity is one of the defining features of life at UEL, with over 155 nationalities represented in our student body. Within Newham, where we are based, over 74% of residents as from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. As we grow our staff team, we are passionate about making our teams representative of the students we support and the communities we operate in. We therefore especially welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates and other candidates typically underrepresented in leadership.


Research and insight manager
Salary: £36,520
Person specification and job description

As our research and insight manager, you will develop the Students’ Union’s insight function. Embedding better use of data will inform more effective decision-making, planning, policy and campaigning. We have rich data, but a hyper-diverse student population adds complexity to analysis and developing insights.

You will have the opportunity to work closely with colleagues across the Students’ Union and our university partner. Making use of the available data will help to build an insight-led culture that will enhance student experiences and outcomes.

Marketing and communications manager
Salary: £36,520
Person specification and job description

As our marketing and communications manager, you will lead critical aspects of the Union’s marketing and communications work. Your work will help us to better publicise the Union’s activities and support services and help us to increase engagement and participation in our activities and services.

You will help us to enhance our commercial revenue through advertising, media sales, experiences and other new markets.

Student groups/activities manager
Salary: £36,520
Person specification and job description

As our activities manager, you will lead the development and enhancement of our student activity groups. Our activity groups enrich university life by supporting community-building and social cohesion throughout the University. You will help us regrow our number of activity groups as well as support the establishment of new student-led activities.

It is important to embed a culture that encourages student leadership and personal development within those groups and activities.

Events manager
Salary: £36,520
Person specification and job description

As our events manager, we will want you to develop and deliver a sustainable events program that contributes to the Students’ Union’s strategic objectives and supports community-building and social cohesion in the University.

With a high volume of incoming students each year, so thinking about how we welcome new members, as well as continue to support our exiting members, requires and ongoing cycle of events and activities. Our ideal mix of events would provide a range of traditional entertainments, student-led events, away days, and those that provide opportunities for personal development.

Student groups/activities coordinator
Salary: £30,631
Person specification and job description

You’ll be responsible for supporting the development and delivery of our group activities and events. This includes establishing and working with student-led groups such as societies, communities, media and fundraising. You’ll also deliver training and other development programmes for student leaders in student groups.

You’ll also contribute to projects in key areas such as induction/welcome, student development and event planning.

Advice caseworker (maternity cover, six months)
Salary: £30,631
Person specification and job description

This post is a maternity cover post for a minimum of six months. You’ll provide impartial advice to students on academic matters, and represent and support students in meetings and panels in more complex cases. You’ll use your experience to help us do more preventive work to help our students to take action on their own behalf.

You’ll have excellent attention-to-detail and maintain accurate and comprehensive casework notes.


We offer a 35-hour week, 25 days holiday plus bank holidays and a few extra days at Christmas (varies year-to-year), employer contributions to our pension scheme, an employee benefit scheme, and season ticket loans. Employees can also access more benefits through the University including an on-site gym and comprehensive training and development opportunities.


Applicants must complete an application form. You should email to su.jobs@uel.ac.uk . You may include a covering letter/statement (one A4 page) but this is not compulsory. We do not accept CVs.

The equality and diversity monitoring form is optional and staff reviewing your application are not able to see your responses to the monitoring form. However, completing it helps us to know if we are attracting applications which reflect our communities and our membership.

If you require the application form in a different format, please email us at su.jobs@uel.ac.uk

The deadline for applications is 08:00 on Monday 05 June 2023. Interviews will take place on campus during the week commencing Monday 12 June 2023.

Top tips for applying

1. Talk to us about the role before you apply. Ask us questions. Check we are on the same page. We do not want you to apply for a role which is very different from what you think it is. You can email us on su.jobs@uel.ac.uk

2. In the application form, you must provide a supporting statement outlining how you meet the criteria in the person specification relating to professional experience and education. You should provide clear evidence of your suitability for the post, giving examples of previous work, what you have done and how that relates to the post for which you are applying. It is insufficient to only list your duties in previous roles. You may write up to 1,400 words (around two A4 pages) so please use them in an effective manner.


In general, we expect staff to work on one of our campuses four days per week during term-time, depending on the role. We require less regular attendance on campus outside of term time.