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Here at Sunderland Students’ Union we are committed to making the university experience valuable to our members - for life. Our strategic plan outlines the way that our work is focused on 3 key areas for students:

  • YOUR Voice
  • YOUR Course and You
  • YOUR Place

We exist to support the 20,000 students at the University of Sunderland to make the time spent there valuable for life. Our core values and behaviours are ‘innovation and energy’, ‘fairness and equality’ and ‘empowerment and accountability’.  We are proud to have been accredited with an ‘Investors in Diversity’ award for small charities, demonstrating our commitment to fairness, respect, equality, diversity, inclusion and engagement.

If you are passionate and enthusiastic about supporting the needs of students, an advocate of fairness and equality, prepared to innovate, and challenge current practice – we’d love you to consider joining our team.

Current Vacancies

Trustee Recruitment 


The University of Sunderland Students’ Union (USSU) is an independent, student-run and student-led organisation.

Our mission to encourage our students to make their university experience valuable to them, for life. We do this through enabling them to engage in opportunities to grow, develop and achieve.


What are we looking for?

We are looking to recruit a motivated individual with experience of Students’ Union and an understanding of the higher education landscape. The successful candidate needs to have an appreciation for the wonderful and fluid world of Students’ Unions.


You should be passionate and enthusiastic about making a real difference to the lives of students and willing to help take the Union to the next level of success. You will help manage the strategy and finances of the organisation and be willing to work collectively to ensure that we will be able to deliver positive change for its members year after year.


We expect there will be between seven and nine meetings a year, as well as one or more training/induction sessions. This will include the Board meetings and any sub-committees to which you are appointed. In a post-Covid world there is no expectation for meetings to be held in person however if you are able to, we would like you to attend a few meetings each year on campus; travel expenses will be paid.


Recruitment principles

  • We will always blind shortlist for all vacancies  
  • We will provide a diverse selection panel
  • We will always strongly value equality and diversity 
  • We will shortlist based on examples you have given in your application against the 'Person Specification' so please read this carefully

Recruitment schedule

Applications close:    Friday 6 August 2021, by 2pm                                   

Interviews:               Wednesday 25 August 2021 - online

Start date:                October 2021 


If you are interested in this role, please download our Trustee Recruitment Pack & Equality and Diversity Form.

Please send completed expressions of interest to


This must include:

  • A covering letter
  • A personal statement
  • An up to date, detailed CV
  • A completed Equality Monitoring form

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Diogo Quintas, the Chair, or Peter O’Brien, the Vice Chair via



We are committed to ensuring our workforce reflects the diversity of the world and the community in which we are based. We positively encourage applications from all individuals irrespective of their gender, age, home country, ethnic background, sexuality, religious beliefs or disability and welcome requests for flexible working.