Student Life Assistants

University of the West of England

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We have an exciting opportunity for students who wish to join the UWE Bristol Student Life Team.  Our Student Life Assistants provide support to students living within University Accommodation and in private rented accommodation, enabling them to feel a sense of belonging to the UWE Bristol community. Student Life Assistants will help UWE Bristol students understand their role and responsibilities to their community, enable studentsto positively contribute to student life and be supported to model healthy and inclusive behaviours.

Student Life Assistants bring UWE Bristol students together in an informal setting to provide a friendly and professional peer to peer support, helping to engage, be part of their community and help promote a sense of belonging amongst the student population. You’ll encourage and enable all students to engage with events, linked projects and positive promotion of support services available to help them create strong connections with other students, The Students’ Union at UWE and the University.

The role of the Student Life Assistant has been developed in partnership with the Students’ Union at UWE to ensure that the student voice is heard, understood, and embedded across all areas of our work and the wider University.

You’re passionate about UWE and being part of the UWE community.  We are looking for motivated and proactive applicants with previous experience of providing customer services, effective communication, knowledge of issues facing students and a knowledge of the support services available to students.  We would also like to hear from applicants with previous experience or involvement in activities aimed at enriching student life as this will be a great addition to the team. 

You will be expected to attend Team meetings once a month, to help build a positive team spirit and to provide valuable feedback on past events and suggestions for new.  You’ll be leading events and be the point of contact for the shift – so confidence, ownership, organisation and attention to detail is essential.  You’ll also be required periodically to take part in photo shoots and video to help promote our brand, activities, and events.

Please only apply if you are registered on a course at UWE for the 2023/24 academic year.   

During your working shifts you will normally work within residential accommodation areas, both on or off campus.  Other working locations will be across the private accommodation community and in shared spaces within any of our campuses.

In addition to progressive pay rates, UWE Bristol offers a wide range of employee benefits including:

  • Additional payment for holiday allowance
  • excellent defined benefit pension schemes
  • access to employee assistance programme
  • ongoing learning and development opportunities
  • family friendly policies and wellbeing initiatives
  • Retail savings via the Wider Wallet scheme
  • option to participate in the cycle to work scheme

Add your individuality to ours

Proud to be part of a vibrant, multicultural city that celebrates diversity, we’re always on the lookout for talented people from all backgrounds to join us. Our people are our strength, and diversity enhances our creativity and leads to better decision-making and problem-solving. Bring your talent and ambition to our growing staff community of over 4,000 individuals and find yourself in a stimulating and supportive environment where you’ll thrive. Add your individuality to ours to help set us apart.

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian, Multiple Heritage or Other Minority Ethnic candidates as we are currently under-represented in these areas within UWE Bristol however all appointments are made strictly on individual merit.

Further information:

If you would like an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Sarah Hodgson or Helen Nicholls on 07917 242821 or email [email protected] .

Interviews are planned to take place week commencing 24th July 2023.  There will be a mandatory training period between the 29th August and 6th September and shifts will begin from the 7th September.

There are 10 positions available. Each postholder will work an average of 16 hours per week as part of a rota which runs over 7 days.  Hours will vary depending on activities on site and time of year.  A typical shift pattern may be Mon, Tues, and Sat plus 1 daytime shift allowing the postholder the flexibility of choosing this shift around lectures.  However, work will typically take place on evenings between 17:00 – 21:00 as part of a rota including one weekend day.

Due to the nature of the role flexibility will be required to support large scale events which may run earlier during the day.  Local restrictions around leave will apply, typically around the main arrival and departure times.  You’ll be expected to take part in a rota of cover during the Winter and Spring holiday/university closure periods, for which additional payment will be made.  You may be required to attend individual/group training outside of working hours, prior notice will be given.

These roles are campus based for all of your time and you will be predominantly at our Frenchay Campus in Bristol, however, the team will work across all campuses, including Glenside, Hollies, City Centre and Cheltenham and Gloucester residential buildings so travel between sites will be required.

The University’s normal practice is that new appointments will be made at the starting point of the grade.

This post requires basic DBS clearance.

We are unable to provide sponsorship for this role under the Home Office Skilled Worker visa route. As we are unable to sponsor anyone requiring a visa for this role candidates must therefore be able to provide their own right to work in the UK.

Should you be shortlisted you will be asked to provide your right to work documents at your interview. Please refer to the Home Office Right to Work Checklist which provides details of which documents are acceptable.

Please note that UWE does not cover any visa or health surcharge costs.

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