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Comms Volunteers


The purpose of the role

Main tasks & responsibilities

This role would suit you if you...

Personal Attributes


Skills Gained

How to apply


The Comms team are looking to expand in 2016 in order to feature more content online, (both visual and written) that is created, and curated, by students.

Comms volunteers help the Union to produce relevant, regularly updated content and will gain experience in online journalism, photography and communication/outreach. As with all Students’ Union volunteering opportunities, there is plenty of scope for your own input and creativity which is actively encouraged.

Experience running a personal blog, or keeping diverse and frequently updated social media channels would be preferred but not required.

We’d ask you to stick to agreed  deadlines, have a good grasp of written technique (including grammar and spelling), and be able to demonstrate enthusiasm and flair in your work.

Content producers would ideally have access to their own equipment, but The Union will be able to accommodate those without.

Duties include attending and reviewing Union events, editing and proof-reading your work, and attending meetings with the Students’ Union’s Digital Communications Assistant/Digital Media Administrator once a month.

This a voluntary placement for students which will feature some training to help you gain experience of online journalism and content creation, as well as providing a platform for your work to be read by a large number of people. There will be support from an experienced Union staff member.

We welcome applications from everyone, including but not exclusive to; postgraduates, people with an ethnic minority background, people with a disability, people with dependants, and people who identify as LGBTQ. If you have any suggestions as to how we could improve our language or application process please let us know.


The purpose of the role

To create high-quality, student-focussed content for the Students’ Union website within deadlines agreed by you and the Digital Communications Assistant/Digital Media Administrator.

Main tasks & responsibilities

  • To pitch content ideas to the Digital Communications Assistant/Digital Media Administrator.
  • To agree upon and stick to deadlines for content publication.
  • To attend any and all training required for the role.

This role would suit you if you...

  • Are interested in the world of online journalism.
  • Are interested in developing your written communication skills.
  • Are looking for experience for your CV.
  • Are looking to represent the issues surrounding student-life to a broad audience.
  • Are interested or curious about the role of the Students’ Union.
  • Are looking to build a portfolio of published work.
  • Are interested in experiencing content production in a professional environment.


  • Self-motivated and engaged.
  • Able to write capably and with style (Written-Content Volunteers)
  • Good standard of written communication
  • Respectful: Being friendly and respectful of others in order to maintain a safe and considerate environment
  • Supportive: Being honest, open and supportive of others, empowering others to be fulfilled in their role
  • Rewarding: Being committed to yours and others' personal development, recognising and celebrating success
  • Progressive: Valuing liberation, social justice, ethics, and environment, always trying to do the right thing
  • Student-Led: Understanding the importance of students actively shaping how we operate and what we do


  • We ask our Written-Content Comms volunteers to contribute a minimum of two articles of around 800 words each per term, to be published within a deadline agreed upon by yourself and the Digital Communications Assistant. Whilst Visual-Content Comms Volunteers should expect to cover at least two major events on the Students’ Union calendar.
  • In particular we’d like to offer applicants in both disciplines the opportunity to contribute work to aid the Students’ Union’s coverage of both Freshers’ Week and Elections


Skills Gained: Participating in this opportunity will enable you to develop and practice the following skills





Financial Management


Verbal Communication






Written Communication


People Management


Organisation/ Planning




Time Management




Commercial Awareness






Problem Solving


Decision Making


Public Speaking


Active Listening




Cultural Awareness



How to apply

Applications for this volunteer role are currently closed, but if you would still like to get involved with creating  online content for the Students' Union; please pitch any ideas to digital@sussexstudent.com.

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