AboutAbout us We are an independent charity that exists to represent the needs and views of all 37,000 plus students at Manchester Metropolitan University. There has been a Students’ Union for what we now call Manchester Metropolitan University since the 1920s. Over the last one hundred years, the role of The Union and the part it plays in student education and wellbeing has grown and developed into the organisation we are today. Students are at the heart of what we do.
- Could you quickly build expertise in the hot issues for modern students and communicate your knowledge quickly and easily, to help the Union make effective change for our members at Manchester Met?
- Working within an inclusive, empowering and aspirational culture, you’ll be the go to person at The Union for information and guidance on complex issues in Higher Education and other areas of interest to student representatives.
- Who are we? Part business, part charity, part membership body – The Union is a seriously fun place to work. Professionally run, but different. Our professional team of over 150 people support elected student leaders to be effective in making change, improving lives and fulfilling potential. Winner of the NUS Campaigning Award 2017, The Union is one of more than 550 students’ unions across the country. We’re located in the amazing city of Manchester, famous for its music, arts, sport, social heritage and diversity. With 38,000 plus student members, 150 student groups, a huge range of services and a bold strategy, we’re one of the most exciting.
What’s the job?
We are looking for someone to work with our Student Voice Manager to coordinate the social policy work of The Union, identifying focus areas and recommending actions.
- With your keen interest and expertise in issues affecting students, you will undertake analysis of available insight and provide guidance on the practical implications of the Union’s options.
- You’ll play a key role in providing evidential support to aid the creation of the Union’s annual Engagement & Campaigns Plan.
Who you are
- Someone with an understanding of the issues relating to participation and involvement in higher education, you have a servant mentality that removes personal politics from the support of elected representatives.
- Someone with a can-do attitude, and your ability to manage prioritise projects appropriately, you’ll stay calm in a sometimes hectic environment
- Able to quickly absorb information on new and complicated issues, you’ll be used to summarising and articulating complex issues in an impartial and comprehensive manner and will have experience of writing reports, policies, briefings for other departments. You are a wonk.
- You put your excellent interpersonal skills to great use in building relationships and working effectively with people at all levels, including officers, students, staff and partner organisations.
- You already have an understanding of political and democratic processes, public accountability and reputational risk and experience of diversity and of the principles and practice of equal opportunities.