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About SUBU
The Students’ Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU) is a successful democratic membership organisation working to improve the student experience for all students at Bournemouth University (BU). SUBU has a vision to have a positive impact on every Bournemouth University student's journey. As a registered charity led by our values and guided by our students, we do this by providing wide-ranging services and support to the 18,000 students at BU.  SUBU's main offices are based on the Talbot Campus.  SUBU has a £3m per-annum turnover and employs approximately 150 full and part-time staff.

SUBU has a commitment to being an inclusive and diverse organisation. We recognise our workforce isn’t as diverse as it could be and are currently under-represented in, among others, the following areas:

· People of Black and Asian minority ethnicity

· Disabled people

· Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender + people


Full-Time Vacancies


Retention and Success Co-ordinator

£18,412 per annum


A little bit about the role of the Retention and Success Coordinator…

SUBU has been awarded stage 2 of the Investors In Diversity, as a member of the SUBU Democracy and Equality department, you will focussing particularly on ‘non-traditional’ students, the Retention and Success Coordinator will work closely with BU and SUBU staff to analyse reasons why some students do not currently engage more in their student experience and why some of them end up leaving University before they complete their degree. Acting on this analysis, you will devise and deliver activities and interventions to increase effective sustainable student engagement. Primarily this role will also focus on the BME attainment gap and dropout rate; and working with the relevant Officers in coming up with the right strategies to address any concerns.

A little bit about you…

Ideally, you will be passionate about helping people overcome barriers and succeed in their lives, and you will have a proven track record of taking ideas from concept, through planning, to effective delivery. You will be comfortable engaging with a wide range of people in different situations, taking on board suggestions from others, and then working on your own initiative to deliver your objectives. You will be motivated by the thought of working closely with students, helping them to achieve their goals, and being satisfied in seeing them realise their potential. The prospect of getting your hands dirty and helping others in the organisation will also make you happy. Open, honest, trusting and flexible, you will be happy going the extra mile to help people as a normal part of your approach at work. All this will mean that SUBU and its culture will be the ideal place for you to work.

Application deadline: Friday 4th August

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If you would like to discuss this role informally, please contact Caston Matewu, Democracy and Equality Manager on


You can submit your application online via emailing on, with subject line: Retention and Success Co-ordinator.

Alternatively, you can post your application on the address: "Talbot Campus,The Student Centre, Bournemouth University, Fern Barrow Poole BH12 5BB"


Part-time vacancies


Community Wardens

£7.05 per hour

The Community Warden role is based mainly off campus in the community; working  pro-actively towards making the local community a safer, cleaner and ‘greener’ place for all residents and foster good relations between the student and non-student residents.  You will also be expected to patrol designated streets, speaking to all student and permanent residents and posting information leaflets. You will also attend regular meetings, with SUBU, and BU, relevant to the post.  You will take an active interest in student and non-student residents within your area, and encourage a culture of community. 

Why become a Student Community Warden?

If you are a Bournemouth University student with a passion for improving community relations, excellent inter-personal skills, and would consider yourself to be self-motivated with the ability to use your own initiative, this could be ideal for you.

  • Flexible hours, working around your other commitments
  • Competitive rate of pay (£7.05p per hour, minimum of 7 hours per week on average.)
  • Gain knowledge and valuable community relation skills
  • A positive addition to your CV

Application deadline: Friday 25th August

Interviews will be held: 4th to 15th September (face to face preferred, however, by telephone if necessary)

Duties will commence: September 2017

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If you have any questions feel free to email



Dylan's Kitchen & Bar, Old Fire Station, Student Shop and Starbucks Ground Up Cafe

£7.05 per hour

We will be recruiting from the beginning of August for staff for the new term.

The Old Fire Station application link will appear here soon.

Talbot Campus - Dylan's, Student Shop and Starbucks application click here

You can only apply for either the Old Fire Station or Talbot Campus, so please wait for the Fire Station link if you want to work in the night club.


SUBU Advice Crew - Volunteer

You will work as part of the Advice Crew team, but also complete activities independently. You will develop confidence in communicating with others and will be required to show initiative. This role will provide you with experience of working within a legal environment.

This role is suited to any student wishing to support and educate other students, and who wish to enhance their own professional competencies. Specifically, students who study Marketing, Law, Social Work, Psychology, Sociology and Events Management may find this role of particular interest.


This role would best suit those who:

  • Have a lived experience that could be shared with the aim to help and support other students, e.g. poor housing, academic issue/s, money worries.
  • Enjoy team working
  • Would like to improve their communication skills
  • Would like to meet likeminded students outside of their accommodation and course
  • Would like experience of working within an Advice Service

We welcome students from any faculty and level of study, and offer a flexible approach as we understand your studies come first.

Further details, including the job description and personal specification can be found here.

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