Student Trustees sit on the Board of Directors for the Union. Trustees are not be involved in day to day affairs, but take an overview of how the Union is performing, both financially and in delivering services to students.
The overall role of the Board is to ensure that the Union is well run, meeting its aims and working within the legal and constitutional framework laid down.
There are twelve Trustees: the six Full-time elected officers; three elected students; and three Trustees appointed for their specialist knowledge in areas such as law and finance to provide independent expertise for the Board.
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Trustees are responsible for:
You will act as Trustee for the academic year (you may stand for re-election if you will continue to be a student).
As a Trustee, you will be required to:
The role of Trustee is governed by law. There are certain categories of people who may not be a trustee or company director. So that the Union can be satisfied that you will be able to carry out the role if elected, you need to complete a charity trustee declartion and return it to the Returning Officer before the nomination can be confirmed.
It is important for the Union that the Board makes good decisions, as they affect the whole organisation. In order to do this, the Board should involve a range of people with different views and experiences. It contains a majority of people that are relevant to its work: students! The Student Trustees will ensure that the union is accountable to its members and that students have their views heard at this level.
Note that charity law means Student Trustees can not also be employed by the Students' Union while they are Trustees.
This role would suit someone who is interested in learning more about the Students’ Union and how it is operated.
The Union needs Trustees who are:
You can expect support and advice from Full-time Union officers and Union staff. Optional training will be available to support your role as a trustee.
You may also wish to be involved in specialist training or make use of online material that may be available through national organisations such as the NUS or the Charity Commission.
As a Trustee, you will be in the centre of decision-making within the Students’ Union and will gain valuable experience. You will get to:
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