University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Student Partner

United Kingdom

Closing in 15 days

Student Partner (Student Opportunity) Students' Union

Location: Highfield Campus Closing Date: Sunday 16 June 2024 Reference: 2722924SU

Paid opportunity to become our next Student Partner!

Are you a student interested in advancing equality, diversity, and inclusion at the University of Southampton? Would you like to work in partnership with colleagues from SUSU and the University to enhance the provision and experience for those from under-represented backgrounds?

We're seeking to appoint a passionate, highly motivated Student Partner to co- lead and support work to produce (one of) three Representational Guides.

What are Representational Guides?

A Representational Guide is a guide specifically for students from under- represented backgrounds to support their university experience by signposting and alerting these student groups to the academic, social, and financial provision available to them whilst studying at the University of Southampton.

Which under-represented communities will these guides support?

Whilst we recognise there are many under-represented student groups within our university community (many of whom are supported by similar guides), this year we will be prioritising provision for:

  • Disabled students
  • Care-experienced and estranged students
  • Student parents (including those with caring responsibilities)
  • What type of work will I be doing?

  • You will lead in the production of one of three Representational Guides i.e., produce relevant content for a particular guide which adequately signposts to key support mechanisms available within (and potentially outside) of the university.
  • You will carry out research with different under-represented student groups to inform the creation and content of one of these Representational Guides.
  • You will liaise with relevant university stakeholders and student groups to co-create, gain feedback and discuss impactful ways to disseminate the guides.
  • What else do I need to know?

  • Depending on the applicant pool, you may be working in partnership with another student to produce one Representational Guide.
  • The role is offered as a 1-month fixed contract between mid-July to mid- August 2024. You will be required to work for 25 hours (or 12.5 hours if you are partnered with another student) during this period. A set working pattern will be agreed with successful candidate(s).
  • The role will be paid at £12.01 hour
  • Holiday Entitlement – Pay for accrued holiday entitlement will be based on a pro rata rate of 28 days leave at 12.07% of earnings. Your accrued holiday entitlement will be identified separately on your payslip.
  • Interviews for this role will be taking place on Wednesday 3 rd July via Microsoft Teams.
  • About You

    You are a passionate member of our student community with a strong desire to support our under-represented students' experiences. Whilst not essential, we would see the below characteristics and skills as desirable for the role:

  • Identify with one of the three under-represented groups of interest, thereby utilising lived experience and personal networks to authentically co-create these Representational Guides.
  • Confident in liaising and working with a diverse range of stakeholders (e.g., students and staff).
  • Effective communication and time management skills to create a clear, accessible resource within a set timeframe.
  • Apply Now

    Application through Microsoft Form – Click here to apply

    If you would like to reach out for an informal conversation/ have any questions about the role, please email either: Kate Weston (SUSU) , Maisha Islam (Doctoral College) and/ or Savanna Cutts (Widening Participation and Social Mobility)

    Please note, the deadline to apply for this role is Sunday 16 th June (at midnight).

    SUSU is an equal opportunities employer that values a diverse workforce, and we want to reflect the student body that we represent. We value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination and will ensure that our recruitment activities are mindful of equality and diversity matters.


    Job details


    Student Partner


    University of Southampton


    United Kingdom


    May 16, 2024

    Application deadline

    June 16, 2024

    Job type



    Business and Economics,Education,Social Science

    About the employer

    One of the top research universities in the U.K., the University of Southampton is best-known for its innovative learning system. The university is a founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities. Originating from Hartley Institution in 1862, Southampton got the university status in 1952.
    The University of Southampton offers undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation year courses in various disciplines. The different departments of the university include the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Social Sciences. Apart from the core subjects, Southampton also offers some exclusive areas of study including audiology, acoustical engineering, archaeology, criminology, optoelectronics, and gerontology.

    The university has seven campuses; amongst them, five are in Southampton itself and the other two are in Winchester and Malaysia, respectively. Highfields is the main campus of the University of Southampton. Notably, Southampton is a vibrant city with enormous opportunities. All the seven campuses of the University of Southampton boast of world-class infrastructure. The campuses maintain the most optimized environs for advanced learning. There are hi-tech laboratories, art studios, and libraries on the campuses. The university comprises highly-experienced faculty members who are from the academia as well as respective industries. Further, Southampton maintains collaborations with the leading universities and institutions across the world for student exchange and study-abroad programs.

    The University of Southampton is dedicated to research-oriented education. It has partnered with other universities, government bodies and industries to conduct integrated research and innovation programs. The university is also funded by businesses for commercial research and development. Southampton conducts skill development programs for students catering to the demands of industries. The adaptability and aptitude for evolving technologies are cultivated amongst the students to help them grow as future leaders. Further, the university has a placement cell and maintains tie-ups with industries for the placements of students.

    The University of Southampton features holistic environments for the overall development of the students. Apart from best-in-class academic modules, the university offers ample opportunities to maintain physical fitness and mental well-being. There are sports courts, swimming pools, gymnasiums and cafeterias on the campuses. Further, regular fitness classes, sports meets, cross-disciplinary activities, competitions, cultural events, and fests are organized at the university. The University of Southampton also engages in various social and environmental awareness campaigns. Moreover, students get the opportunity to participate in community development initiatives. The university has the mission to build a better world with innovative minds.

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