Jobs and Careers

Careers at Bristol SU

We're a students' union set in the heart of Clifton and we represent all students at the University of Bristol.

Part business, part charity, part membership body – Bristol SU is a seriously fun place to work.  Our professional staff do something extraordinary every day: we support student leaders to give people a voice in their education, help people get the most out of their student experience and help people make the change they want in the world. We have over 22,000 members, 300 clubs and societies, a huge range of professional services, and a bold strategy to inspire pride in the Union.  

Bristol SU is recognised through numerous accreditations and awards including Investors in People, Investors in Diversity, the Workplace Wellbeing Charter and more. No wonder 94% of our employees* would recommend us as a good place work. 

*As anonymously voted by our staff in the 2016-2017 staff engagement survey

Why Bristol SU?


Thank you for showing interest in working at Bristol SU.

Bristol SU is here to help create the best student life, develop new skills, meet new people and have a lot of fun in the process.  We do this through supporting student clubs and societies, effective representation, fun and exciting events and employment opportunities, as well as much, much more! 

You can read all about Bristol SU’s vision, mission and values here.

We currently employ around 50 salaried staff and 80 student staff – further information about our salaried staff, as well as our staff structure can be found here

Bristol SU is a fun, vibrant and exciting place to work, providing lots of opportunities and a chance to really have an impact upon the student experience.  

We look forward to hearing from you.

Samantha Budd, Chief Executive


Candidate Guidelines

  • To apply, you will need to complete our online application form.  This will include uploading a CV and detailed cover letter.  Your cover letter should detail how you meet the criteria required for the job - this information is available in the job description for the role.
  • You don’t have to have work experience to have skills or knowledge! Use examples from outside of work too.
  • We will contact all candidates to let them know the outcome of their application. This could take a few weeks so please bear with us.
  • All applicants must be either EU nationals or hold a current permit that will entitle them to work in the UK – you must provide proof of this right to work before starting a job.
  • Applications received after the closing date stated in the advert will not be considered.

Bristol SU has a commitment to be an equal opportunities employer. We will consider applications for flexible working and job share opportunities for all roles.


+ Committed to Excellence

At Bristol SU we strive for excellence in everything we do. In recognition of this we have been awarded the following accreditations:

Investors in People

The achievement of the Investors in People (IiP) accreditation recognises Bristol SUs commitment to achieving excellence with regards to people management and development.

Investors in Diversity

The achievement of the Investors in Diversity (IiD) accreditation recognises Bristol SUs commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion within its organisational culture.

Green Impact

Bristol SU is actively engaged in improving its environmental impact, as well as supported students in creating a more sustainable Bristol. From organising over 100,000 hours of community volunteering to lobbying the University for improved recycling facilities

Living Wage

Bristol SU is a Living Wage accredited organisation which means we have pledged to pay at least the minimum UK living wage to all our employees.


The Students’ Union Evaluation Initiative is a sector specific accreditation recognising excellence within student unions and enabling benchmarking within the sector.


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