student staff roles 

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join the biggest team on campus


Your SU employs around 800 students every year to work in all of the departments we have. There’s a role for everyone; from Digital Communications Assistant to Venues Staff, Bakery Assistant to Finance Assistant and everything in-between!

Whether you’re looking to beef up you CV with real experience, earn a great wage alongside your studies or make new friends, working with us is a great thing to do during your time at UEA. Want to know more? Then get scrolling…


why work with us?


When we have roles available, they’ll be shown on this page - if there isn’t anything, then there isn’t anything open at the moment.

Working while you study is a great source of extra income to help with your accommodation and living expenses – but we offer so much more than just somewhere to earn money as a member of our student staff team.


We employ over 700 members of student staff every year, and in return for the hours worked, we can offer training and development, great opportunities you can’t get anywhere else and chances to really shape how we work as a business, as an advocate, and as a union for UEA students. As well as this, we offer flexible hours tailored around your timetable, and we pay the Living Wage Foundation rate of pay – at the moment, this is a whopping £9.00 per hour, plus an additional 12.07% holiday pay on top!


the important bits you need to know


your application

Please note that we do not need a CV or covering letter, and we won’t consider them as part of your application as we can’t judge them fairly. Instead, we ask you specific questions for the role, and we’ll judge your response based on this.

your role

From January 2019, you will only be able to take up one role with the Union. This is so we can properly monitor your hours, as we cannot provide more than 15 hours of work per week during term-time so you still have time for your academic studies – after all, your degree is why you’re a member of the SU!

your contract and conditions

If you’re successful as part of the process, you will be offered a fixed-term, zero-hour contract. While we recognise that broadly zero-hour contracts can be problematic for staff working for bad employers, we use these contracts to be as flexible as we can possibly be to fit around your timetable.

This means that some weeks you may have a lot of shifts, and some weeks you might not have as many (or any) hours of work, as you are employed subject to the needs of the business. Similarly, if you’re offered work but don’t have the time to take it, you can choose not to work and that’s absolutely okay – so no rushing to get your coursework done! If you do accept work and later decide you don’t want to work that shift however, it will be your responsibility to swap it with a colleague.

your status

It’s important to know your status in the workplace, and for the type of work you will be doing with uea(su), your status is as a worker. It is anticipated this will be for the length of time you are an enrolled, current student with UEA. When you cease to be a current student with the university, you will no longer be eligible for a student staff role, and we’ll have to terminate your contract.

your work

Departments will individually organise and offer training for your role, and your line manager will be in contact to make the necessary arrangements.




BAME Ambassador

Please only apply for this role if you are from the LDC, MED, Law Or PHA School.

salary: £9 per hour plus 12.07% holiday pay

hours: up to 9 hours per week

team: Academic Engagement, Student Voice and Equality

At uea(su) we’re working with the university to tackle the degree awarding gap that continues to affect students from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. We are looking to recruit eight paid BAME Ambassadors, to make sure the lived experience of BAME students is at the centre of efforts to close the degree awarding gap.  We’re piloting this scheme in four schools across UEA, with the aim to roll it out more widely next academic year, subject to funding. 

This role is open to all UEA students registered to study in LDC, MED, PHA and LAW. Given the nature of the role, we would particularly welcome applications from students who define as Black, Asian or minority ethnic, but all decisions will be reached based on merit. 

As it’s the first year of the Ambassadors scheme, it’s an exciting time to join! The approach in each school will be slightly different and you’ll have a chance to shape the projects you’re working on. You’ll work up to 9 hours a week, and this will involve meeting with staff, students, undertaking research, being trained to do the role, organising events, sorting out publicity and other tasks. The role is varied and will help you gain a range of transferable skills for future employment. 

If you’re interested in being a BAME Ambassador, simply complete the application form by 3rd November 2019. You’ll need to write a personal statement, demonstrating how your skills and experience meet the role specification and once the deadline has passed, we’ll create a shortlist of candidates to take to interview.  

expected closing date: 3rd November 2019