With over 11,000 students at the London School of Economics, we are one of the best universities in the world. We have brilliant and exceptionally talented students and we want to make sure they get amazing opportunities while they are here. We want them to have fun, be part of an active community and be proud of their union.
Around 90 staff work together at LSE Students’ Union (LSESU) to deliver extraordinary projects, activities and opportunities for our members. Some of the staff we employ 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 are 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.
Our strategic plan evolves every year, but we focus our energies on ensuring our staff are able to deliver the very best for students.
We're unique in the UK because we share a management structure with Students’ Union, University of the Arts London (SUARTS). Because of this, some roles are shared which means we're able to achieve even more for our students. Most staff will only work at one union, but some may split their time between both; a system that we think is brilliant!
Joining the staff team
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 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 you will have the opportunity to access LSE and University of the Arts London-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 help our staff develop outside of work.
Our values & culture
We’re an organisation that values a staff team that has a strong sense of community and purpose. It’s important that we help you to 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.
We’re proud to be Living Wage Employers, part of Advice UK, the National Union of Students and NCVO.
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.
We share a staffing structure with Students’ Union, University of the Arts London (SUARTS) which 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 in organisations of a similar size.
Here are just some of the benefits of working here...
- Flexible holidays for travelling
- 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 subjects such as 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!
Equal opportunities and diversity statement
LSE Students' Union is committed to equal opportunity in employment and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
The Union aims to pursue equal opportunities by taking positive action within the law to facilitate participation of groups discriminated against by society. Therefore, the Equal Opportunities Code of Practice of the Union includes employment in that the only consideration in recruitment, training, appraisal, promotion and general treatment of employees must be how the genuine requirements of the post are met, or are likely to be met, by the person under consideration. The Union must ensure that once these requirements are met no regard should be taken of gender, trans status, appearance, ethnicity, nationality, regional or racial origin, age, class, disability, religious or political beliefs, sexual orientation, family circumstances, health, including HIV status, or trade union membership.