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Director of Impact & Influence | Bristol SU

Bristol SU has been at the heart of student life for over 100 years, we are part business, part charity, part membership body – and a seriously fun and empowering place to work.

  • Location: Richmond Building, 105 Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1LN. Flexible and part home working considered.
  • Salary: £46,494 - £54,127 per annum + excellent benefits.

About the role

Bristol SU is recognised through numerous accreditations and awards including Investors in People, Inclusive Companies and more. We are proud that 93% of our employees would recommend us as a good place 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 are looking for someone to lead, inspire and enhance Bristol SU’s Student Voice activity to ensure maximum impact for students.

As a member of the senior management team and leader of a directorate, you will be responsible for shaping and delivering outstanding services through a team of dedicated staff and by collaborating with passionate student leaders.

You will also play a critical role in taking the insight collected from our democratic functions and using it to influence key partners that can achieve positive results for students.

We are proud to have Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity as one of our core values, and are committed to challenging injustice, supporting others to overcome systemic barriers and seek to open access to all of our student members. We expect that you will share our values.

Who we are looking for

In recent years we have had successful women and ethnic minority leaders in key senior leadership positions, and they have progressed onto exciting new opportunities. Our senior team isn’t as representative as it once was and we want to address this. We welcome all applications but would love to encourage women and people from ethnic minorities to consider this opportunity.

There is no expectation that you will have worked with students before, and we will consider the transferable skills that can be offered. We are also open-minded to flexible working and part-time working requests. If there is any other barrier that you feel prevents you from considering this opportunity, please get in touch to discuss it.

If you would like to discuss this role further, you can schedule a call with our advising consultant at Peridot partners via: https://calendly.com/byuksel

Closing date: 9am, Monday 15th March 2021

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Bill Yuksel

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Welcome from the Bristol SU Sabbatical Team 2020/21

Dear candidate,

We are the seven elected full-time Officers at Bristol SU. We would be working very closely with you to ensure that all Bristol students are fully supported throughout their degrees and that we can offer them the best student life.

We were elected in March to represent all our 28,000 students to the University on all issues they face: from championing inclusive and accessible education and accommodation, to fighting for better mental health services, and ensuring all liberation groups within our University have their voices heard. We support our 18 Networks to provide representation for their students, run campaigns, and work closely with our hundreds of societies and sports clubs to provide spaces for students to build communities and develop skills. We work closely with the rest of the SU staff team, who support the student voice, run events, create and support student opportunities and ensure smooth running of the organisation.

As Director of Impact and Influence, we will work with you on delivering Bristol SU’s new five-year strategy to ensure all students have a supported, fulfilling and liberated education, and to deliver the Officer Team priorities for this year, which focus on six main areas of work that address the major issues facing the student body at the current time.

The first of these priorities is to ensure the University has a holistic approach to mental health and wellbeing, and that this encompasses not just wellbeing services, but also education issues and extracurricular activities. We want to create a cohesive student community where students from liberation backgrounds feel represented and heard, and particularly work on decolonising our campus, curriculum and culture. In these current times we feel that it is especially important to mitigate the impact Covid-19 will have on the student experience, and support students facing financial difficulties following the fallout of the pandemic.

We are sure that our plan excites you and that you would be eager to work with us to make this all possible. We would hope that our new Director of Impact and Influence would be as passionate as we are about making the University work for all and ensuring that marginalised voices are raised up in the student community.

Yours faithfully,

Bristol SU Sabbatical Team 2020/21

A bit about us

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 25,000 members, 350 clubs and societies, a huge range of professional services, and a bold new strategy to work with students to create an inclusive and supportive University community.

Bristol SU is recognised through numerous accreditations and awards including Investors in People, Inclusive Companies and more. No wonder 93% of our employees* would recommend us as a good place work.

You can find our team structure here.

*As anonymously voted by our staff in the 2019-2020 staff engagement survey.

Our vision: The best student life

Students drive and are at the heart of everything we do.

  • We are the collective voice of University of Bristol students
  • We support activities so students can try new things and develop skills
  • We advise, support and empower students to make change
  • We are a vibrant social hub
  • We provide quality services for the benefit of students

Our values: Student Led, Community, Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity, Sustainable Futures, Positivity

To find out more about what Bristol SU has done to support students, take a look here.

Benefits and Perks

Annual Leave & Flexible Working

Salaried staff at Bristol SU get 25 days annual leave, plus 8 university closure days, plus bank holidays – that’s 40 days! We’re open to requests for flexible hours & part-time working.

Pension Scheme & Enhanced Maternity Pay

Bristol SU operates a contributory pension scheme where we will match your contributions up to 6% of your earnings. We provide a competitive maternity/adoption/shared parental leave package and offer additional parental and dependants leave.


We take mental and physical health seriously and work to ensure a safe and supportive working environment for all our staff through an open and honest culture. We also have an employee helpline, access to counselling services, a cycle to work scheme and discounted gym membership.

Learning and Development

Bristol SU offer employees the opportunity to access a variety of online and face-to-face training, championing both formal and self-directed learning.


Bristol SU staff get a free Totum card entitling you to discounts at various retail outlets. As honorary staff members at the University, you will also have access to a range of other discounts as well a discounted gym membership.

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    If you would like an informal conversation around the role, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    Bill Yuksel, Business Manager, on 07801 897063 or bill@peridotpartners.co.uk.

    To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification. It would also be helpful to provide an explanation of your interest and motivation in applying for this position within your supporting statement.

    Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Director of Impact & Influence – Bristol SU” into the subject field.

    We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

    Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.


    Closing date: 9am, Monday 15th March 2021
    Shortlisting: Friday 19th or Tuesday 23rd March 2021
    First stage interview: Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th March 2021 (TBC)
    Second stage interview: Thursday 8th April 2021

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