Senior Inclusion Coordinator

Closed 10/07/2024

Who are we?

We are Manchester Students’ Union, the biggest SU in the country, supporting over 40,000 students throughout their time at university. We help to make student life the best it can be by supporting students to campaign for change, creating opportunities to meet new people, providing employment opportunities, providing advice and support and being a safe place on campus.

We are a values-centred organisation that employs around 90 permanent, full-time members of staff. We recruit a wide range of roles throughout the year within all our departments from our Commercial team operating Manchester Academy Venues, 13 Media, Bar 532 & Kitchen and Corridor Coffee to our Student Activities, Student Engagement, Marketing and Communications, Finance, HR and Facilities teams. Our team of around 400 part-time, studying staff are instrumental in providing to support to all departments as well as leading major projects like Student Angels. When you join UMSU, you’ll be immersed in an environment that empowers staff to make great things happen and we're always on the lookout for innovative, passionate, and proactive people to join us.

Our staff team is led by our senior leadership team who are instrumental in driving our strategy at UMSU. It’s made up of our CEO, COO, 3 Directors and 2 Associate Directors. We are governed by our trustees and Exec Officers, you can find out more about that here. All our permanent, full-time roles are graded (Grade A-E) which means that there is a clear path to your development and progression whilst at UMSU.

Our values are really important to us and shape the work that we do every day. As part of our recruitment process, we want you to demonstrate how your experiences, behaviours and skills align with our values. Our values are

  • We put students at the heart of what we do 
  • We provide a ‘great experience’ service
  • We believe in improvement and progression
  • We are a community
  • We are open and transparent
  • We are inclusive

You can find more detailed explanations of our values on our website.

About the role

Are you passionate about championing wellbeing and inclusion and value peer-peer support? We’re hiring a Senior Inclusion Coordinator to join our Student Development Team. 

Some students are more likely to face barriers that prevent them from making the most of university, particularly those from historically underserved or marginalised communities. The Student Development Team aims to dismantle barriers to involvement so all students can engage with all the university has to offer. The Senior Inclusion Coordinator will play a key role in achieving this vision for our student communities.

In collaboration with a second Senior Inclusion Coordinator, you’ll be leading on a series of wellbeing and inclusion programmes that we’re really proud of:

  • Our wellbeing schemes such as: SU How’s you, engaging with over a thousand students in its pilot, Student Angels now entering it’s X year; facilitate students working with other students to promote physical and emotional safety in a proactive friendly way.
  • Our inclusion work, which includes a range of union delivered projects as well as partnerships with the University to enable all students to thrive, regardless of personal background.
  • Our grants which distribute almost £200,000 a year, contributing to enabling students to make the most of their time at university, helping them get involved in social activities and access gender affirming resources.

As the Senior Inclusion Coordinator, you’ll also be co-designing new projects aimed at progressing the Union’s approach to enabling students to fully engage with their university experience and making our organisation as accessible as possible. We have an outstanding research & insight function that will support you to make data-driven decisions on making our programmes even better and inform the creation of new targeted programmes for marginalised and underserved communities, putting the needs of those students at the heart of our work. You will coordinate the onboarding, skills development, and tailored support for studying staff, who in turn, coordinate the day to day running of the wellbeing and inclusion projects. This means you’ll play a vital role in fostering student wellbeing at multiple levels.

We offer a comprehensive training programme for skills you might want to work on, from giving and receiving feedback well, to coaching and safeguarding. There’s no need for previous Higher Education sector experience – you might have a passion for inclusion and have co-ordinated projects in any context. We’re looking for someone who is an innovative thinker, capable of motivating or inspiring others into action, comfortable making autonomous decisions, and curious about exploring new ways of working. 

Please read the full role profile before applying, as well as our guide to recruitment. 


Salary:  £25,440 - £28,620 

Contract: Permanent 

Hours: 35 hours per week

Our Staff Benefits

You'll get access to our great staff benefits;

  • 30 days of annual leave + bank holidays + Christmas close
  • Training and development opportunities, including access to our eLearning platform
  • Flexible working and hybrid working opportunities
  • Free NUS 1-year student card
  • Free Manchester Academy gig tickets
  • Contribution to eyecare such as glasses and contact lenses (for roles where you are using a computer screen)
  • Access to our employee assistance programme, including 6 free counselling sessions
  • 25% discount in our onsite bar and café - 532 Bar & Kitchen and Corridor Coffee
  • Access to our cosy staff Community Space which has free breakfast and lunch for you whilst you are in the office
  • Cheap on-site parking

Recruitment Guide

We have a guide that explains our full recruitment process. We recommend reading through this before beginning an application.

If you are invited to interview with us, we will share our interview questions in advance so you can prepare your responses. We’re more interested in hearing about your experiences and ideas than in testing your memory, and so we want you to feel as prepared as possible.

Inclusivity and Accessibility

We are committed to equality of opportunity, and we work hard to ensure we appoint based on merit.

We particularly encourage applications from Disabled or Black, Black British, Black Welsh, Caribbean or African candidates as these groups are currently underrepresented in our staff team.

If you have any accessibility requirements or require adjustments to support you to apply to work with us, please get in touch. We can offer reasonable adjustments at all stages of our recruitment process.

Recruitment Timeline

Applications opened: 19th June 2024

Applications close: 10th July 2024

Interviews: on or around 5th August 2024

Role Commencing: early September 2024

We may close applications early if we receive a high volume of applications. We recommend that you apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. In this case, all applicants who have started an application will be contacted 2 hours before we close the role.


People Team

You can contact the People Team with any questions regarding this vacancy or our recruitment process.


Phone: 0161 306 3279

Hiring Manager

You can contact the hiring manager, Limor Best, with any questions regarding this vacancy or our recruitment process.