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We employ talented, passionate and hard-working people who value creativity, in both full-time and part-time roles. The Arts SU team is high-achieving and our organisation offers a range of roles across our departments, including services, creative opportunities, project coordination, admin and research, amongst others.

We actively recruit people who share our vision of being a creative union for creative students.

Application Form for Permanent and Fixed-Term Roles

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Applications will only be considered if sent to by the indicated deadline

Permanent and Fixed-Term Roles

Communications Manager

Accountable to: Head of Engagement and Communications
Responsible for: 3 x Communications Coordinators, 1 x in-house designer, Student Staff
Salary Range: £28,000 - £30,000
Location: Holborn, Central London
Hours: 37 hours per week

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LSE Students’ Union and Arts Students' Union are looking for a Communications Manager who is capable of leading a team to do their best work within a complex and ever-changing organisation.

The Communications Manager is responsible for developing, implementing and communicating a strategy that champions our services and empowers students at two very different universities, LSE and UAL.

The role will reward a skilled communicator who values variety, drives innovation, and is energised by the challenges of reaching disengaged students.

In this dual role, you will line manage a team of five full time communications staff across two sites, and support them in supervising part-time student staff. You will work closely with Heads of Department and managers across Arts Students’ Union and LSE Students’ Union, chairing meetings and creating comms plans to promote cross-team projects.

The job will suit someone who is decisive, organised, skilled at teamwork, and passionate about community-building. You will prioritise the creation of compelling, consistent comms that showcases student life.

Your team will write copy, design artwork, produce videos, manage students, cover events, create publications, and code webpages.

Your technical abilities will support them in excelling at these varied tasks, but an enquiring approach to their work is equally important. Formal management experience is not essential, but experience of holding responsibility for successful group projects is.

If you have any queries about this role, please contact Aisling Wootten, Director of Membership

Closing date: Monday 27th March 10am
Interviews: Wednesday 5th April

Head of Policy and Advocacy

Salary Range: £40-£42k
Holidays: 25 days holiday + union closure days + public holidays (pro rata)
Location: Holborn and occasional travel across London
Contract type: 12 months

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LSE Students’ Union and Arts Students' Union are seeking a new Head of Policy & Advocacy; the role holder will be responsible for leading and developing the union’s lobbying and advocacy strategy across two very different universities, LSE and UAL.

The post-holder will be responsible for developing the union’s Advice Service and ensuring that we remain a supportive organisation for our students.

You will be responsible for commissioning and managing research projects and building strong and persuasive policy development plans; you will also be responsible for developing and maintaining two distinct representation systems and ensuring that both organisations are able to demonstrate a positive impact on our members’ lives.

You will work closely with other Heads of Department and managers across both unions, in order to manage the delivery of the elected officers’ projects and priorities.

The post-holder will have a good understanding of the Higher Education sector and membership organisations, as well as experience in stakeholder management. You will lead on building and maintaining strong and effective relationships with key staff, and developing strategies to increase the union’s influence across both institutions.

The job will suit someone who is decisive, organised, skilled at teamwork, and is passionate about facilitating others to achieve their goals. You will have experience of working with a strategy, delivering change and demonstrating impact.

In this dual role, you will have overall management responsibility for three small teams including: an Academic Representation Team, a Policy Team and an Advice Team. These teams comprise of two managers, seven full-time front-line staff and a changing number of part-time student staff; formal management experience essential.

You will work predominantly in the Holborn area but may be required to travel across London to work at various University of the Arts sites.

At Arts SU/LSESU we are committed to learning and development and as such will support the successful candidate to develop within the role.

Application forms are available from OR (where a role is shared, either address is fine but the role will be advertised on both websites)

They can also be acquired by contacting OR Applications will only be considered on an official application form.

If you wish to informally discuss the role, please get in touch with Emilie Tapping on to arrange a chat.

Closing date: Friday 21st April
Interview date: Thursday 27th April


Part-Time Student Staff Roles

Academic Representation Assistant

Accountable to: Academic Representation Manager
Hours: 5 - 20 hours per week (zero hour contract)
Wage: £10.25 per hour (LLW + 12% to account for lack of fixed holiday pay)
Location: 272 High Holborn/other UAL sites/working from home

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We are looking for a member of staff to provide casual administrative support for the Policy & Advocacy Team. The successful candidate must have a keen eye for detail and excellent word processing skills. The ideal candidate will also have demonstrable experience of writing up notes and minute-taking, although this is not essential.

The successful candidate must also be reliable, able to work independently and have excellent time management skills; the candidate must be able to work towards and meet deadlines.


• Data entry/typing up written notes.
• Minute-taking at meetings involving student reps and members of staff.
• Communications tasks to support the team, such as group emails.
• Database management tasks such as maintaining spreadsheets.
• Various other administrative tasks to support the team/office as required.

They can also be acquired by contacting Applications will only be considered on an official application form.

If you wish to informally discuss the role, please get in touch with Frankie Quinn (Academic Representation Manager) on to arrange a chat.

Closing date: Tuesday 28th March


Joining our organisation

About us

With 20,000 students across the six colleges of the University of the Arts London, Arts SU is an intergral part the largest art and design institution in Europe. We want students - our members - to have a better experience at University because of us.

Around 90 staff work together at Arts SU to deliver extraordinary projects, activities and opportunities for our members. We employ some staff that undertake the role alongside their studies as well as supporting over 1200 volunteers who are actively engaged in leading campaigns, societies, sports clubs or seeking to improve their course.

We're a charity so we have a Trustee Board that is responsible for the overall strategic and financial direction of the organisation. Three of the people on the Board are current students, two are external to the University and four are sabbatical officers. The Student Executive make decisions about our political direction, with over 3000 students voting for the four Sabbatical Officers and four Vice Presidents.

Our strategic plan evolves every year, but we focus our energies on five themes to ensure our staff are able to deliver the very most for students.

We're unique in the UK because we share a management structure with LSE Students' Union. Funds can only be spent in the Union where they were raised, but some roles are shared which means we're able to achieve even more for students. Most staff will only work at one Union or the other, but some divide their time between our two offices.

The team at this unique organisation work hard to make sure that every role is rewarding, enjoyable, and challenging. We know that if you’re happy at work and have opportunities to develop, we can achieve some incredible things together. We’re passionate about learning and development, so during your induction, review meetings and appraisals we’ll identify training courses, development needs and shadowing opportunities so that you can pursue career interests within the role, as well as having a variety of avenues to explore through different functions of each Union.

Being based within two of London’s most prestigious universities means there’s the opportunity to you’ll be able to access LSE and UAL-run courses, talks and lectures, plus a range of exhibitions and events run by our partner organisations. With two additional paid days of leave for volunteering each year, we helping our staff develop outside of work too.

Our values and culture

We’re an arts union for arts students. This means challenging the status quo, being unconventional and as creative as we can be in every way.

We’re an organisation that values a staff team that has a strong sense of community and purpose. It’s important we can help you put your talents to good use, and that when you think something can be improved in the organisation we are quick to make things better.

As much as we want the University to listen to students, we make sure our staff are heard too. Our staff forum meets regularly with the Chief Executive to discuss progress and development on our People Strategy, ensuring the views of all staff are regularly heard when we make organisational decisions. Everyone will get a regular opportunity to have a 121 with a senior manager. Away days, planning and review sessions take place throughout the year within teams and with others that you wouldn’t usually get to work with everyday.

We’re proud to be Living Wage Employers, part of Advice UK, the National Union of Students and NCVO.

Our benefits

Everyone receives a minimum of 25 days holidays per year, plus Christmas and Easter closure periods as appropriate and pro rata. You’ll have the option of joining the pension scheme that we contribute to, and after five years of employment you’ll receive an additional five days of annual leave.

Although not initially obvious we share a staffing structure with LSE Students’ Union. This is unique to students’ unions in the UK. Because we are able to share experience and knowledge from another students’ union we make better decisions and our resources go further. It also means there are more opportunities for development than similar size organisations.

Here are just some of the benefits of working here...

  • Time off in lieu for a number of roles
  • Enrolment into the pension scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Access to university training and services – counselling and careers advice
  • Free LSE Students’ Union gym membership, advice and time from dedicated professionals
  • Wide range of activities including yoga classes, dance classes and access to badminton courts and other campus facilities for personal use when appropriate
  • Cycle to Work scheme enabling significant savings on bicycle purchase and ability to spread the cost
  • Travel loans enabling savings on travel card costs
  • NUS Extra card discounts and a range of other offers for going out, London dining and everyday essentials

Depending on your learning and development plans we'll help you access, or make a financial contribution, to courses. In the past our team have worked here whilst studying for postgraduate degrees in things from Higher Education and Charity Management to Law and Textiles.

We offer a fun and varied working environment, where working with talented colleagues is generally regarded as the best part of the job!

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