Cambridge University Students' Union (CUSU) is a creative and progressive student-led organisation that is committed to the equal opportunity for all. Our staff are key enablers to the work of the union on behalf of CUSU's membership community.


Current Opportunities

Freshers' Fair: Stewards wanted!

CUSU runs its annual fair for societies and students at Kelsey Kerridge sports centre and on Parker’s Piece in Cambridge; approximately 15,000 people attend over the two days.

The fair will take place on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th October 2017. We are seeking temporary personnel willing to commit between 4 and 12 hours per day to assist us in running the fair at a range of times (from 6am until 8pm across both days), as well as helping set up on Monday 2nd and clear up on Thursday 5th.

Duties will be very varied: examples include replenishing Fair supplies, answering questions of visitors and stall-holders, directing queues and vehicles, and responding to any manner of problems as they arise; there'll be plenty of standing around indoors and outdoors and time spent on your feet, but the environment is buzzing and fun.

We'll expect temps to muck-in and be part of a much larger team helping to bring the event to life. The placement is expected to be enjoyable and requires temps to have a positive attitude and enjoy the experience; be helpful and hard-working; and capable of responding to simple instructions with a smile!

We will pay £8.25 per hour to each steward.

If you would like to apply, please send  an overview of your employment or academic/study history (such as a CV) and a statement of interest explaining why you feel you would be an effective steward at one of Cambridge’s biggest annual events to Please also indicate the times and days you are available to work. Please note all stewards will be required to attend a briefing prior to the event.



Casual Work Opportunities - join our database!


The students’ union often requires temporary and casual staff to fulfil projects, campaigns, support meetings and services. If you'd like to be contacted for work when we require someone, get in touch and register with us.

We may from time-to-time seek to employ someone for a few hours in any given week for a specific need, and we may sometimes require temps at short notice, or for regular hours. Placements may vary – from one hour, to a whole week, or from evenings to weekends to out-of-term placements. 

The type of work will be varied and could involve: administration, communication tasks, manual handling, stewarding, service support or website or design work. For example, we currently require a regular minute-taker for bi-monthly meetings where 4-6 hours will be offered. We always pay at-least the Living Wage.

If you would like to be considered for work placements as and when they arise, please register your details with us by emailing us your CV and introducing yourself. 

Where possible, CUSU prefers to provide employment opportunities to students, however cannot provide regular work and is conscious of providing work placements that may detract from students’ studies. Many Colleges discourage students from taking on part-time work during Term-Time.



Our volunteers assist the work of CUSU - CUSU achieves a lot for its membership with limited resources and could not continue its work without the energy and experience of volunteers.

We regularly seek volunteers for major events, such as the annual Freshers Fair. Please register your interest with us to be notified of up-and-coming volunteering opportunities. To become a volunteer for CUSU, please email Gabbi, CUSU's Membership Engagement Coordinator,


How to apply for current [paid] opportunities

To apply please submit your CV, a CV cover sheet (using form provided), and a cover letter, describing how you meet the person specification and your motivation for applying.

Applications should be submitted electronically to or via post (addressed to Vacancies): Cambridge University Students' Union, POSTROOM 17 Mill Lane, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1RX.


Please email if you would like any further information, or have any difficulty applying.

Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU) is committed to creating an organisation in which all members and employees are respected, discrimination is not tolerated and diversity is encouraged.  All members and employees will be treated fairly and with respect. 

Selection for employment, promotion, training or any other benefit will be on the basis of aptitude and ability.

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds. ​We particularly welcome applications from those from Black, Asian and an ethnic minority backgrounds, as they are under-represented within Cambridge University Students' Union in some areas. We are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments individuals may require in the recruitment process, on commencement, or once in post.


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