Leeds Beckett Students' Union is proud of being a progressive employer. We encourage a friendly and collaborative working environment, employing excellent staff who match our values.


Chief Executive’s Welcome 

''Thank you for taking an interest in joining LBSU. We’re an organisation on a mission to make the lives of our students better and we have a clear plan to use community organising to build the power of our members and our union. Our new strategic plan is bold and innovative and we have an ambition to be seen as a leader in students’ unions and community organising across the UK. We are proud to be different, and proud to be Leeds Beckett. If this sounds like something that you would like to be a part of, we would love to speak to you. Our staff are our biggest and most important resource and investment. We have high expectations of one another and support each other to achieve real impact. In return we offer a generous package of benefits and a highly flexible approach to work. We also have a significant budget to support staff development and progression. Thank you for taking the time to read our job adverts and consider an application to join us, I look forward to speaking to you soon.''

Neil Mackenzie 
Chief Executive 


About LBSU 

Leeds Beckett Students’ Union represents all students here at Leeds Beckett University, and we’re an important part of student life on campus!  

We’re led by our four full-time student officers, including the SU President, and we also have a wide team of community organisers and student leaders. We want to make sure that every student has an opportunity to share their voice and shape their uni experience, and that’s why every year we host democratic events and opportunities for our members to get involved.  

Our aim is to make the student experience the best it can be and help all Beckett students fulfill their potential by making the most of their time at uni. From supporting communities, connecting societies, hosting exciting events and gigs, facilitating development opportunities, leading campaigns and offering all LBU students free, confidential and independent advice, there’s loads to get involved in! We even have our own bar and restaurant, The Hive at City Campus. This is our social space where all students can grab some lunch, get a coffee, study or relax between lectures! 

Throughout the academic year, we work on projects reflecting the priorities of our leaders and the wider student body as well as delivering services to support our members. The two biggest projects that we deliver on every year are hosting Freshers Week and our Freshers Fairs at the beginning of each term and holding our annual Leadership Elections.  


Our Core Missions

Our new strategy has four clear missions that shape our work and define our decision making: 

  1. Fight for the basic needs of our students: Our students deserve to have their basic needs met and we know that without this, students cannot complete their degree. We’re here to advocate for you and ensure you can make the most of your time studying at Leeds Beckett! 

  1. Provide communities for every Beckett student to feel they belong: We know students can’t form communities all on their own, and students who make friends at university are more likely to complete their studies. We’re here to help connect students and provide you with the tools to show you what’s possible when meaningful communities work together to create lasting social change!  

  1. Work to improve the study conditions of Beckett students to succeed: We know students are facing financial pressures and timetabling, teaching methods and assessment and regulations aren’t working for you. Every Leeds Beckett student is here to gain an education, and as an educational charity, we’re here to support you! 

  1. Create opportunities for Beckett students to develop and progress: Our students want, need and deserve the skills to thrive after university, and we know that the ‘full’ student experience requires opportunities in and beyond the curriculum. As a civic institution, we also want our students to be empowered to confidently be a part of civil society. At LBSU, we want to be a genuinely student-centered organization that fosters a sense of pride in Beckett amongst our students.  

We will use community organising as our primary mode of delivery. Building the power of our student community to make changes now and in the future. 


Organisational Structure 


About Leeds Beckett University 

Leeds Beckett University, formerly known as Leeds Metropolitan, is a higher education institution in Leeds City Centre. With over 29,000 students and 3,000 staff members, Leeds Beckett is home to a large and vibrant learning community. The University offers many different courses, from short courses and degree certificates all the way through to PhDs. Leeds Beckett has two campuses, City and Headingley, with the majority of its students based at City Campus on Portland Way.  

We have a close working partnership with Leeds Beckett University and our staff often work alongside members of their teams to deliver the best results for students.  


About Leeds 

Leeds is a vibrant and friendly Northern city situated right in the heart of Yorkshire with something for everyone! The city is home to approximately 800,000 residents, including an expansive student community from Leeds’ five universities. 

It’s a fantastic mix of sleek city and beautiful green spaces with a wide variety of exciting nightlife and music, good food, lots of shopping, a rich cultural scene and so much more. Whether you’re a resident or a commuter, Leeds is a fantastic place to explore! From expansive parks like Roundhay Park to the serene canals, there are plenty of places to connect with nature. The city, located conveniently in the center of the UK, also has fantastic transport links including Leeds Bradford Airport.  

Leeds was even recently ranked as one of the top places to live in the UK by The Sunday Times Best Places to Live 2023 guide! 


Why work for us?

We believe that our people are our greatest asset. We are committed to fostering a work environment that is supportive, inclusive, and dynamic, where each team member can thrive both personally and professionally. We are excited to share with you the benefits and opportunities that come with joining our team.  

Work-Life Balance 

Flexible Working Hours: Options for flexible working to accommodate your lifestyle. 

Hybrid Working: Opportunities for hybrid working models, depending on your role. 

Generous Paid Leave (pro rata): 25 days holiday (increasing to 30 with service), 8 bank holidays, additional xmas closure, plus 5 days special leave entitlement. 

Parental Leave: We offer enhanced maternity, paternity, and adoption leave to support you and your growing family. 

Professional Development 

Training and Development: Access to a range of training programs to enhance your skills and advance your career. 

Volunteer Leave (pro rata): We offer 5 days paid and 5 days unpaid volunteering leave to give back to the community, while developing valuable skills and experience. 

Inclusive and Collaborative Work Environment 

Diversity and Inclusion: Commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected. 

Team Building Activities: Regular staff days, events, and activities to foster a collaborative and fun work culture. 

Open Door Policy: Encouragement of open communication and feedback at all levels of the organisation.

Additional Perks and Benefits 

Enhanced Pension: We offer an enhanced opt-in pension with 7.3% employer contributions, and in addition, provide death-in-service cover. 

Staff Discount: We offer generous staff discount in The Hive on coffee, food and drinks. 

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP): Confidential counselling services for personal and professional issues, available 24/7. 

Cycle Scheme: Save up to 42% on a new commuter bike and accessories, and spread the cost over 12 repayments. 

Home & Tech Scheme: Save up to 8% on the latest home and tech and spread the cost over 12 repayments.  

Staff Recognition Awards: Annual awards that recognise , celebrate and reward staff for upholding our core values. 

Staff Survey Stats 

93% of staff would recommend Leeds Beckett Students’ Union as a great place to work.  

97% of staff feel they can work flexibly.  

75% of staff feel they receive good learning and development opportunities  

93% of staff feel that they have a good work life balance  

87% of staff see Leeds Beckett SU’s values being acted out in practice  


Ro Sewell

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator

"Throughout my studies at Leeds Beckett I always found the Students’ Union a friendly and helpful place to go, so when I saw opportunities to become a part-time student staff member, and then the opportunity to stand in the Leadership Elections as a Student Officer I made sure to take up the chance to be more involved! I found my time at the SU really rewarding, and when my term in Office had ended and I left the University to pursue my career I missed the fun and inclusive atmosphere in the Students’ Union, so I applied for the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator role and I’m enjoying spending my time making a positive difference for students in our community"

Jennah Metcalfe

Previous Operations Coordinator (HR)

"I first got involved with the Students’ Union whilst studying for my Masters Degree. I started working as a Student Helpdesk Assistant in 2018 and the job allowed me to meet lots of new people, work around my studies, and be part of a great cause. I enjoyed working for the SU so much that when I finished my degree I wanted to continue full-time, and eventually a position came up that I applied for. I worked in the Ops & HR team for 3 years and found that the SU was full of incredibly supportive, inclusive and wonderful people who made coming to work each day fun – and their passion for the SU’s mission to make students’ lives better was evident in everything they did. The SU is a fantastic place to work either part-time as a student or as your main career and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know they’re making a difference in higher education."