Communities of Practice

How Communities of Practice work

Communities of Practice are run by students’ union staff for peers within the student movement. The aim of these groups is to connect, build relationships, and share good practice with people who are in your field, or define into the same liberation group as you. They are key to fostering and sharing staff expertise across the movement. The students’ union staff coordinator/s of each community of practice is responsible for driving the agenda for meetings and running the meetings. 

NUS support communities of practice by:

  • Assigning a lead contact who can help with coordinating practical arrangements and providing a feedback loop with NUS' work
  • Sharing good practice on how to coordinate groups
  • Promoting the work of communities of practice to relevant staff across the movement through national communications channels
  • Incorporating time into NUS events for Communities of Practice to meet and showcase their work.

The Terms of Reference for Communities Practice/Staff Network that outlines NUS' role and responsbilty when it comes to these groups can be found here.


Active Communities of Practice:

Please click on the name of the group you want to join to below 

If you have a problem accessing the group below you can join the groups via this form or contact Membership.



Self-defining Staff Groups:

To join a self-defining staff group please visit this form or contact Membership.


  • Disabled Staff
  • LGBT+ Staff (‘LGBT+’ is our acronym for people who define as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans and the ‘+’ is representative of other groups who are oppressed because of their sexuality and gender identity e.g. non-binary, gender-queer, queer, asexual and pansexual.)
  • Women Staff ('Women’ and the NUS Women’s Campaign at NUS is inclusive on non-binary people and those with complex gender identities.)
  • REACH Staff (race, ethicnicity and cultural heritages)


Setting up a new Community of Practice

Any staff member in an SU can set up a Community of Practice. If you work in an area that does not fit into one of the existing groups and would like to connect and share good practice with others in your field please get in touch with  to discuss how we can support you in setting up a new Community of Practice.


Workplace Groups

For a full list and more information about all active Workplace Groups, please click here.


Upcoming Meetings