Student Focus Coordinator


11th August 2022

We are looking for a self-motivated individual that enjoys a challenge and an agile working environment. The successful postholder will have strong project management skills, be confident in delivering training to students and ensure we offer effective volunteer management to enhance our students

The Post

The Student Focus Coordinator post is jointly responsible for supporting, developing and coordinating the Course Representative system. In November 2021 we launched our brand new Student Outcomes Project, part of which is designed to expand our rep support, which is now providing our volunteers with more training and skills development opportunities than we have ever delivered before. The successful applicant will develop inspirational training to support elected student representatives. In addition to supporting this the postholder will be responsible for helping to interpret student feedback and write reports to influence Union work and the work of our key partners. As part of the Student Focus team, you will ensure that the student voice has an influence both within the University and the Union. The postholder will also be required to provide ad-hoc additional support for our Elected Officer leadership team through manifesto development and campaign planning.

The Person

We are looking to recruit a dynamic, inspirational individual who is passionate about delivering an excellent student centred service. The post-holder will have experience of leading and managing projects and supporting, motivating and training people. They will also have experience of developing and increasing participation and will demonstrate the skills necessary to develop new initiatives and deliver training programmes that inspire participants. In addition, the post-holder will have excellent communication skills, an understanding of best practice in supporting Union representatives, the skills to undertake and present research, analyse data and have the ability to handle competing priorities. An understanding of the complex issues faced by students in a Higher Education setting is essential.

We Offer

  • Strong team mentality, supportive and sociable workplace
  • Regular training opportunities and team development days
  • 30 days annual leave + bank holidays + additional Christmas leave (University shutdown)
  • Flexi-time and 35 hour week
  • Company Pension
  • Hybrid Working Policy
  • Access to University staff benefits: discounted gym membership, free library membership, bike safe

The Organisation

The University of Portsmouth Students’ Union is a vibrant, forward thinking organisation with a vision of “delivering a positive impact with every Portsmouth student”. As a charity led by its values and guided by its students, the Union provides wide-ranging services and activities for the 27,000 + students of the University of Portsmouth. The Union is based in the centre of Portsmouth and turns over £1.7M per annum, employing approximately 35 career staff and a further 35 student staff. The organisation also works with over 1000 registered student volunteers and over 100 student groups.

Further Information
For more information on this opportunity and how to apply, please visit For an informal conversation about this opportunity, please contact Rebecca Adams via email at

Closing date for applications: Midday,11th August 2022

Interviews will be held on date: Thursday 18th August 2022

Please note that our shortlisting process is such that CVs will not be considered as any part of an application. Therefore please submit an application form only – any attached CVs will be disregarded.​ Due to the high number of applicants, if you have not heard from UPSU by the interview date you should assume you have been unsuccessful in your application.

The Union is a MINDFUL EMPLOYER® and will ensure that its recruitment activities are mindful of equality and diversity matters.

You can find more information and apply here