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Chief Executive Officer Newcastle University Students’ Union

We are looking for an experienced leader to drive the 2026 plan, effectively lead the staff team, and embed our unwavering commitment to inclusivity.

  • Location: Newcastle (4 days per week on-site)
  • Salary: £78,000 - £85,000
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

Newcastle University Students’ Union is an award-winning progressive charity; our purpose is to represent, support, develop and enhance the lives and experiences of Newcastle University students.

Whether our students are studying at our campus in the heart of Newcastle or in Malaysia or Singapore, we want to have a positive impact on every student and help them unlock their potential.

We recently launched our strategic plan, NUSU 2026, which outlines our priorities and strategic objectives over the next 4 years.

Our strategic plan process saw us undertake a significant piece of research to help us to better understand our students’ needs and the challenges they are facing. Within this strategy, we want to ensure that we effectively re-engage with the student body following the pandemic and rebuild activity and engagement levels to pre-pandemic levels (which were sector-leading) and beyond. Throughout, there will be an increased focus on our crosscutting initiatives of Wellbeing, Diversity and Inclusion and Sustainability.

We have so much to be proud about including being a real living wage employer, owning our iconic building and winning The Student Union of the Year award for the 4th Year running at the Educate North Awards.

Student feedback is of paramount importance to us and in our survey last year, 92% of our students were happy with the range of opportunities we provide, 89% would recommend us to a friend and 84% felt we actively campaign on matters that are important to them. All of these things give us a wonderful foundation to develop even further.

Our improvements are ongoing, and we have invested heavily in the digital development of our operations. Over the course of next strategy, we will also seek to enhance our HR systems and processes as well as refresh our physical spaces and embed our new sustainability plan.

We are looking for an experienced leader to drive the 2026 plan, effectively lead the staff team, and embed our unwavering commitment to inclusivity.

The ideal candidate should have a strategic mindset, strong relationship building skills, sound commercial acumen, good negotiation and influencing abilities, and experience at board level. An understanding of charity governance and higher education would also be helpful.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Bill Yuksel bill@peridotpartners.co.uk | Book an appointment | 07801 897063

Jonah Graham jonah@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07538 756654

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Newcastle University Students’ Union is a student-led charity that cares about student issues and improving our members’ University experience. Our aims at NUSU are to be democratic, inclusive, effective, progressive, sustainable, socially responsible and fun.

Our values

Representative: We represent students’ interests locally, regionally and nationally, and empower them to create change, develop skills and unlock their own potential.

Supportive: We ensure our students are supported in the best way possible and help them make connections and develop a sense of belonging.

Progressive: We look to the future, seeking new opportunities and partnerships. We are innovative, imaginative and creative, and happy to work in collaboration with others.

 

Inclusive: We support equity, diversity, and inclusion and recognise intersectionality. We adjust our services to assist and reflect the evolving, diverse needs of our students.

Exciting: We provide opportunities that create good times, positive memories and a fun-filled vibrant experience.

Sustainable: We take all reasonable steps to minimise our adverse impact on the environment, society and the planet; recognising that we are living through a climate crisis and emergency.

Our strategic plan 2026

Post the Covid pandemic, NUSU has been taking on board feedback and ideas from students and stakeholders to help inform our new strategic plan 2026.

It is clear that the student experience at Newcastle and further afield has been significantly impacted by the Covid pandemic but whilst this has had a number of negative impacts, it has also provided us with an opportunity to refocus our work and examine how we deliver our activities and services.

Our ambition is to have a positive impact on the experience of every student at Newcastle University. Our purpose is to be inclusive, represent, support, develop and enhance the lives and experiences of Newcastle University students.

Accessibility and inclusion

As an organisation with a very diverse student body, we need to ensure that we are continually thinking about access and inclusion when developing and running activities and services.

Our research highlighted that the most common barriers that prevented students from getting involved were personal inhibitions, logistical barriers and general lack of awareness. We want to ensure the full diversity of our student body is reflected in everything we do, and recognise that other barriers related to protected characteristics and intersectionality are also factors in engagement with us.

Sustainability

We acknowledge the urgency around climate action and the serious consequences of inaction. NUSU is determined to be at the forefront of fundamental societal changes needed to tackle ecological breakdown.

As stated in our values, we take all reasonable/equitable steps to minimise our adverse impact on the environment, society and the planet; recognising that we are living through a climate crisis and emergency.

Student wellbeing

We will recognise and focus on wellbeing as an intrinsic part of everything we do. A student’s mental health and wellbeing are central to their ability to make the most of their experience, and 49% of our students told us that struggles with their mental health had affected their overall wellbeing.

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For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Bill Yuksel bill@peridotpartners.co.uk | Book an appointment | 07801 897063

Jonah Graham jonah@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07538 756654

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    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    Bill Yuksel bill@peridotpartners.co.uk | Book an appointment | 07801 897063

    Jonah Graham jonah@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07538 756654

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Wednesday 8th March 2023
    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 10th March 2023 (PM)
    Preliminary interviews: Thursday 16th and Friday 17th March 2023
    Candidates informed of outcome of preliminary interviews: Thursday 23rd March 2023
    Final interviews: Friday 31st March 2023
    Annual Residential*: Monday 26th June – Friday 30th June 2023

    * NUSU are open to a candidate formally starting at a later date but would highly value attendance at their annual residential.


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