AboutKent Union is a successful, vibrant and exciting organisation with a bright future ahead of us. We have achieved a great deal in the last few years, more than doubling in size to our current £11million turnover, 500 employees and 2,000+ volunteers. Kent Union is a great place to work. We were re-accredited with Investor in People Gold status in December 2013, and were accredited with Leaders in Diversity in 2013; we were the first students union in the UK to achieve Investing in Volunteers status and have been included in the Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For, for 8 years, placed 24th for 2017.
Thank you for your interest in the position of Academic Representation Manager at Kent Union. We are a vibrant, student-led organisation with a bright future ahead of us. We, alongside many organisations, have needed to make difficult decisions over the last year, but are building back stronger with a renewed focus and energy to amplify the voice of our members and ensure they have a fantastic student experience. Our driving force is our new strategy, which sets out our priorities over the next four years. Students are the reason Kent Union exists.
We are there through their university journey. Our amazing staff and volunteers work towards improving their experience, whether it’s helping them with their studies, practicalities of life or to have fun.
Information about the post
The Representation and Democracy Department is fundamental to Kent Union, giving our members a voice in the University, their local community and nationally. We represent their interests and campaign on important issues both with and for them.
As Academic Representation Manager you will oversee staff supporting over 300 Student Reps to successfully represent their peers on their programme of study and enhance their learning experience. You will be the department’s main link with University decision making, coordinating our Student Reps and officers to sit on boards and committees ensuring they are well versed in the issues. You will also be key in developing academic policy positions for the students’ union to take forward to the University, and support Student Reps and officers to digest papers, reports and briefs produced by the University. You will also be required to lead on a number of projects related to the wider HE sector, including the upcoming submission for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and an improvement plan for the National Student Survey (NSS).
The successful candidate will have up to date knowledge of higher education policy, a track record in managing a large brief and a demonstrable passion for supporting students to change the world. I hope that you will consider applying and take up the chance to work with inspiring student leaders in a dynamic and vibrant organisation.
Kent Union is committed to the principles of equality of opportunity and we have recently introduced a BAME guaranteed interview scheme, full details of which can be found in the Recruitment Pack
For a full recruitment pack and details about how to apply, please visit our website at www.kentunion.co.uk where you will find an Application Form and an Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form both of which will need to be completed and returned to the Kent Union Recruitment email noted on the website by the closing date.
Closing date: Tuesday 9 August 2022
Interview date: Monday 15 August 2022