AboutThe Students’ Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU) is a successful democratic membership organisation working to improve the student experience for all students at Bournemouth University (BU). SUBU has a vision to have a positive impact on every Bournemouth University student's journey. As a registered charity led by our values and guided by our students, we do this by providing wide-ranging services and support to the 18,000 students at BU. SUBU's main offices are based on the Talbot Campus. SUBU has a £3m per-annum turnover and employs approximately 150 full and part-time staff.
- A little bit about the role of the Inclusion, Retention and Success Coordinator… SUBU has been awarded stage 2 of the Investors In Diversity, as a member of the SUBU Democracy and Equality department, you will focussing particularly on ‘non-traditional’ students, the Retention and Success Coordinator will work closely with BU and SUBU staff to analyse reasons why some students do not currently engage more in their student experience and why some of them end up leaving University before they complete their degree. Acting on this analysis, you will devise and deliver activities and interventions to increase effective sustainable student engagement. Primarily this role will also focus on the BME attainment gap and dropout rate; and working with the relevant Officers in coming up with the right strategies to address any concerns.
- A little bit about you… Ideally, you will be passionate about helping people overcome barriers and succeed in their lives, and you will have a proven track record of taking ideas from concept, through planning, to effective delivery. You will be comfortable engaging with a wide range of people in different situations, taking on board suggestions from others, and then working on your own initiative to deliver your objectives. You will be motivated by the thought of working closely with students, helping them to achieve their goals, and being satisfied in seeing them realise their potential. The prospect of getting your hands dirty and helping others in the organisation will also make you happy. Open, honest, trusting and flexible, you will be happy going the extra mile to help people as a normal part of your approach at work. All this will mean that SUBU and its culture will be the ideal place for you to work.
SUBU issues this description as a guide to the type of tasks that you will probably be engaged in whilst performing this role. However SUBU prefers to consider as more useful, a job profile that focuses on the skills and competencies that you will bring to the role. You will be able to develop these skills and competencies in consultation with your line manager.
1. To review current research and thinking around issues relating to effective student engagement , diversity and inclusion in the full student experience.
2. To work with staff and officers of SUBU to tackle the BME Attainment gap, establish particular issues and consider how to overcome them.
3. To seek out new and innovative ways to engage students particularly Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups, based on research findings.
4. To plan and deliver new activities and interventions that stimulates student engagement in the student experience.
5. To record, review, evaluate and report on the impact of new engagement activity.
6. To find measurable ways to determine the impact of student engagement on student retention and success.
7. To seek out and develop relationships with people in the wider community with the aim of maximising opportunities for students and increasing SUBU’s positive impact in the community.