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About LUU

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With 17,000 people coming through our building on a typical day, joining our team really does mean joining a fast-moving organisation.  We operate in the heart of Leeds University campus, home to 30,000 students at the University of Leeds.

All our people are working towards the same purpose – ensuring our student members Love their time at Leeds.  We want to make sure our staff love LUU too and are delighted to report that in 2012 we were listed 17th in the Sunday Times Top 100 Not For Profit Organisations to Work For in the UK.

Our People

There are around 550 people working together at LUU to bring services and support to our student members.  Most of our roles are held by students who work during University term time across all areas of LUU (mainly in our Bars, Venues and Retail teams.)  Our Student Staff are helped by around 150 others who manage all our services and work in support roles such as HR, Marketing, and Finance ensuring LUU runs smoothly all year round

LUU is led by six Officers – the Student Executive – who are Students at the University of Leeds.  The Officer positions are hotly contested each year in LUU’s very own Leadership Race.

Our five strong Senior Leadership Team work with the Student Executive to support the organisation and lead the staff.

LUU is a Registered Charity and works in close partnership with the University of Leeds.

Our Board

In addition to the Officers, we also have a Board of Trustees made up of the Student Executive and a number of other interested individuals.  The Board scrutinise what we do, how we do it and what it costs to make sure we are always acting in the organisation’s best interests.

Our Services

LUU offers students a range of services to support their life at University.  These include

3 Retail outlets comprising a convenience store, a card and gift shop and a University Branded clothing store.

5 Bars & Venues offering a range of day and night time entertainment.

Catering Operations including the Hidden Café and Salad Box our latest venture offering freshly prepared salads and baguettes.  Catering is also offered in two of our bars.

Joblink a temp agency offering students a wide range of part time and vacation work.

A Student Advice Centre offering support to students when they need it.

Student Activities offering over 250 clubs and societies enabling students to try new activities, make friends and gain new skills.  We also offer volunteering opportunities in our award winning Student Media groups comprising a newspaper, a TV channel and a radio station.

What we Believe

LUU has a strong and unique culture underpinned by our behaviours.  These are;

Friendly and Fun

Trust and Respect

Helpful and Supportive

Innovative and Creative

Positive Attitude

All our people live out these behaviours on a daily basis in offering a first class service to our members.


The Benefits of working at LUU

We are sure you will enjoy working for an organisation as flexible as LUU.  You will receive 40.5 days holidays per year, including generous closure periods for Christmas and Easter. We also offer flexi-time, occasional home working and sabbatical breaks.  We have a contributory Group Personal Pension Scheme which you can join from day one.

We take learning and development really seriously and invest in leadership development.  All our senior leaders are encouraged to take time out to join with others on a learning journey incorporating action learning sets, away days, workshops and other inspirational events.

For those with childcare responsibilities we offer enhanced maternity and paternity pay schemes, a Childcare Voucher Scheme and an award winning childcare centre on campus – Bright Beginnings.

You’ll also enjoy all the benefits of University Campus life – including subsidised membership of a new state of the art Sports Centre The Edge, access to University Libraries and a discounted travel scheme.