Why work at UWE Bristol

There are plenty of reasons to choose us as your employer.

What you can expect

As a member of staff at UWE Bristol, you can access a wide range of benefits.

Steve West, Vice-Chancellor

"We aim to create an environment that respects the diversity of staff and students, and enables them to derive maximum benefit and enjoyment from their involvement in the life of the University."

Steve West, Vice-Chancellor, UWE Bristol

Steve West Vice-Chancellor, UWE Bristol

A supportive community

Get involved with one or more of our many staff networks, which provide opportunities for socialising, peer-to-peer support and personal development. Networks are run by staff for staff and bring together people from all across the University.

You can also join the Staff Social – once you become a member you can take advantage of a variety of events throughout the year.

UWE Bristol staff seated in the Atrium café enjoying lunch together.

Your wellbeing

We’re here for you and we understand that good mental health ensures a positive working experience and great performance. If you face a challenge that’s work-related or personal, support is there for you through dedicated wellbeing and support services.

You can also take advantage of our Feel Good Programme – initiatives that run throughout the year, and support staff to relax, get active, eat healthily and try something new.

Feel Good programme
UWE Bristol staff member chatting and laughing with colleagues in the Atrium café.

Hear it directly from #TeamUWE

"UWE Bristol is a friendly place to work and it’s a privilege to work alongside talented and dedicated staff."

Shawn Sobers, Professor of Cultural Interdisciplinary Practice

Since joining UWE Bristol in 2002, I’ve worked in many different roles, starting as an Associate Lecturer through to managing widening participation and outreach activities. In 2004, the University supported my PhD, and I’ve gone onto initiate many research projects which led me to becoming a Professor in 2020.

I’ve recently become the joint Postgraduate Research Lead for the School of Arts, and I also lead the Critical Race and Cultural Research Network. I’ve been able to carve my role and find a balance between research and teaching, enabling me to pursue my research interests and be an effective educator.

As a researcher, I’ve secured funding for various projects, including to set up and run an international eight-month Festival of Learning. I’ve also had a rare opportunity to take a funded research trip to Ethiopia through the Impact Accelerator Scheme.

As an anthropologist, I’ve conducted extensive research about Black British History and culture, and had a book published in 2023. Through my research, I was invited to join the We Are Bristol History Commission, created by the Mayor of Bristol after the Colston statue was toppled in 2020.

I’m pleased there are now more Black and Brown staff members that work here, as when I started 22 years ago I was one of the very few. UWE Bristol is a friendly place to work and it’s a privilege to work alongside talented and dedicated staff. Our passionate, student-centred teaching staff go above and beyond to support students and their teams.