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We are recruiting for 2 Student Trustees to join the Students’ Union Board of Trustees to serve until early 2021. We want to hear from students who can contribute to the Board with their experience from the Undergraduate perspective.

What is a Trustee?

Student Trustees are members of the Students’ Union Trustee Board. As a registered charity, the Students’ Union is mandated to have a Trustee Board, which is responsible for overseeing the legal compliance, financial stability and overall governance of the Students’ Union. A Trustee is a member of the Trustee Board, which currently is made up of 4 Sabbatical Officer Trustees, 4 student trustees and 4 voluntary lay trustees.

What does the role entail?

The University of Nottingham Students’ Union Trustee Board meets routinely 5 times a year, with subcommittee meetings happening within each cycle also. Each meeting usually lasts for around 4-5 hours and in applying to become a student trustee it is expected that students will commit to being available except in extenuating circumstances. In these meetings Student Trustees will be expected to contribute to diverse discussions, giving their student perspective – bringing their experience and relevant expertise on topics to ensure that the Students’ Union continues to put students at the very heart of its decision making.  Trustees are also expected to join one of four committees to the Board, which meet four times a year, and to attend the Annual Members meeting.

In the capacity of a Trustee you might also be invited to attend events or meetings relevant to the role.

What benefits are there to being a Trustee?

There are many reasons and motivations for being a trustee.  The personal development leadership experience is particularly attractive for student trustees and you will also gain insights into leading and running an organisation.  You will gain experience in all aspects of the Students’ Union as a functioning charity/business inputting into the overall strategic direction of the Union. As well as this, you will be partial to information and discussions that give insight into how a multi-million pound organisation is run, whilst having a valued voice around the table.

Being a trustee is also a rewarding experience, with the ability to positively benefit your peers and ensure the workings of the Students’ Union are set up to best benefit students.

Who can be a Trustee?

Anyone who is over the age of 18, and a registered student at the University of Nottingham can apply to be a student trustee.  Applicants must be able to serve a minimum of 2 years as a Student Trustee.

There are a small number of exceptions such as those who have already been disqualified as company directors and those who have been convicted of an offence involving dishonesty or deception are some of the people who cannot usually become trustees. In some cases, people who receive benefits from the charity may also be ineligible.

What skills or experience do I need?

We already have a diverse background of student and Officer trustees.  To further enhance this we are keen to attract student trustees with one or more of the following experiences:

  • Undergraduate student

  • Science, engineering or medical student

  • Jubilee or medical campus-based student

  • International student

  • To improve our understanding and support for our more diverse community of students we are keen to attract candidates from a disabled or BME background

How to apply

If you are interested in applying, please submit a Statement of Interest of no more than 400 words covering who you are and why you are interested in becoming a student trustee for UoNSU. We are looking for diversity on our Trustee Board so tell us about skills, knowledge and experience you have from your studies (with relevance to the role), employment or spare time which are applicable to the role.

For further information including the full role profile and/or to send your completed application, please email paul.wells@nottingham.ac.uk no later than 1700 on Monday 14 January 2019. 

Interviews will be held w/c 28 January and 04 February 2019 and we will be flexible around exam and course commitments.