Edinburgh University Students’ Association 

With over 650 staff and an annual turnover of £12million, Edinburgh University Students’ Association is one of the largest Students’ Associations in the UK.  The Association exists to provide a diverse range of services and opportunities for over 37,000 students at the University of Edinburgh. 


Operating across four distinct venues, the Students’ Association’s estate includes: 

Teviot Row House

The oldest purpose built student union in the world, Teviot Row House opened its doors in 1889. Housing six distinct bars, five catering outlets, a live music venue and meeting and events spaces, the venue plays host to art exhibitions, sports screenings, quiz and band nights, balls, ceremonies and even weddings; which are planned by our catering company, Honours

The Pleasance

By September 2017 The Pleasance will have been redeveloped into a dynamic centre for student activities containing meeting areas, TV and radio production spaces, dance studios, and a multi-purpose performance space. A bar and catering offering exists on site, and Association events - for example live music - are programmed in the performance spaces throughout the year. 


Home to the Association’s main administrative offices, a retail outlet, coffee shop, bar, catering offering, and two tenant companies, Potterrow has an attic nightclub which, each Saturday, enables the entire venue to transform into a 1,500 capacity club.

King’s Buildings House

Providing Association facilities for some 8,000 science and engineering students based on the King’s Buildings Campus, King’s Building House has recently undergone a renovation to its, bars, catering and retail offering. The venue also houses a gym, badminton and squash courts and meeting facilities. 

In addition to the operations listed above, the Students’ Association runs bar and catering facilities within the clubhouse of the University’s Sport & Exercise playing fields at Peffermill, and a lively and intimate bar and venue at the Edinburgh College of Art.  

Festival Fringe

Edinburgh is a vibrant capital city which is also the leading festival city in the world. Working with production companies Gilded Balloon and Pleasance Theatre Trust, three of the Association’s venues – Teviot Row House, The Pleasance and Potterrow – form a city centre hub of Fringe Festival activity during the month of August each year. Significant bar, catering and retail operations during this time (both in the venues and in temporary outlet units) provide vital income for the Association, which is an independent charity. All income generated by the Association is used to provide free advicesupportactivities and representation services for students

Strategic Plan

The Association has embarked on its Strategic Plan 2015-19 which outlines its mission, vision and values, alongside a suite of goals and supporting activities which will enable it to successfully achieve the ambitious targets it has set itself. 

The Association is currently reinventing itself. This includes considering the commercial services it provides, and how these are delivered, in order to ensure we remain relevant to students and also provide an increased financial contribution to the organization. 

This period of development includes significant anticipated investment in our core buildings over the next few years. 

Job Opportunities

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Edinburgh University Students' Association as they seek an exceptional Commercial Services Director to lead their significant commercial operation.

This unique Edinburgh opportunity will be a highly sought after role and the post holder will be responsible for the strategic leadership and development of the commercial teams in order to optimise strategic, financial, and customer perception objectives across this multi-faceted and diverse organisation.

The post-holder is also a member of the Students’ Association's Senior Management Team, with joint corporate responsibility for the leadership and management of the organisation.

For more information on this role please download the job description here or follow the link below to the apply for the job.