Why LSE Students' Union?
LSE Students' Union (LSESU) is a £4m not-for-profit organisation for LSE students. We've been part of LSE since 1897, and all LSE students automatically become LSESU members when they enrol. The purpose of the Union is to empower full-time staff, elected officers and student staff to transform the lives of students, through making students’ voices heard by lobbying LSE to enact change, supporting student campaigns, improving students’ wellbeing, and enhancing the student community with social and recreational activities alongside studies.
In recent years, we have been incredibly dynamic in developing our structures and services, enhancing our organisation from top to bottom, and now have one of the UK’s best and most active SUs – we provide a range of opportunities for students, with 250 sports clubs and societies, 6 strong campaign groups, an Advice Service that manages the SU Hardship Fund, and union elections for students to make their voices heard.
We have reviewed our internal structures and opened a new state-of-the-art building with outstanding sports and leisure facilities in the heart of London – we have the Three Tuns bar, two gyms and three music practice rooms, working to make students’ experience of LSE the best it can be.
We have also changed our governance structures so that we can benefit from the additional experience that our Lay Trustees bring to us.
Since 2019, our changes have seen an enhancement of 29 percentage points in our National Student Survey score, taking us from bottom of the Russell Group SUs to 3rd. We are exceptionally proud that 95% of our staff recommend us as a good place to work.
We are striving to be a Union for all, and our work is ongoing to be more engaging and inclusive.
Our student demographic includes 55% postgraduate students with 70% of our students being international. This means that much of the research about student experience in the UK typically does not relate to us as it’s often focused on home based undergraduate students, and we work to empower those whose voices are not as prominent in the wider politics of Higher Education. This makes LSESU a particularly vibrant organisation, which works enthusiastically to make all students’ voices heard.
To enhance our Union, we have created a strategy for 2026 which will see us focus our ambitious on being at the heart of student life. We have made several promises within it to our members, but most importantly, we have promised to be brave, innovative, inclusive and student-led.
We are seeking a new Chief Executive to continue driving the innovations necessary to deliver an exceptional experience for all our students.
- We are looking for a leader with exceptional emotional intelligence, experience of building and maintaining happy high performing teams and somebody with a track record of trying and testing new innovative solutions to challenges.
- Experience of leading with inclusive values and a clear history of creatively making workplaces, projects, and campaigns more accessible and equitable will be critical.
- We value transferable skills and welcome all candidates with experience of leading complex teams, budgets, and organisations to consider this opportunity.
We are proud that our students are wonderfully diverse in every sense and come from all areas of the globe. We welcome your application with open arms and encourage you to bring your whole self to LSESU.
How to apply?
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If you have any questions, please contact our recruitment consultants at Peridot Partners, Bill Yuksel on 07801 897063 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Jonah Graham on 07538 756654 or Jonah@peridotpartners.co.uk