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Student Trustees

We are looking for 4 dedicated students to become Student Trustees of our charity and company limited by guarantee. If you're committed to making Your SU the best it can be, are a creative thinker who is happy to speak their mind and want to learn new skills and gain experience of leading an organisation, we want to hear from you!

We welcome applications from all students but would particularly welcome applications from students who belong to particular groups which are currently underepresented on our Board of Trustees including female, mature, home, EU, LGBT+ and disabled students. 

Applications currently closed. 

To apply send a copy of your CV and statement outlining how you believe your skills and experience match those outlined in the role description below. Completed applications should be sent to: Marie Nixon, Chief Executive at marie.nixon@sunderland.ac.uk

A student trustee is a current student at the University. You must be a current student for the whole period you serve as a trustee. You’ll usually be in post for either one or two years (we’ll agree this with you when you accept the post) and you can serve a maximum of two consecutive terms.

You’ll help lead the organisation and set our strategy. You’ll attend Trustee meetings where you’ll receive reports which help you fulfil your trustee responsibilities. This will include:

1. Ensuring that the Union has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction and is focused on achieving these.

2. Being responsible for the performance of the Union.

3. Ensuring that the Union complies with all legal and regulatory requirements.

4. Acting as guardians of the Union’s assets, both tangible and intangible, taking due care over their security, deployment and proper application.

5. Ensuring that the Union’s governance is of the highest possible standard.

6. To ensure that the Union complies with Charity Law and ensure that the Union prepares reports on what it has achieved and completes and returns its annual returns and accounts.

7. To ensure that the Union does not breach any requirements of rules set out in its governing documents and that it remains true to its charitable purposes and objects.

8. To act with integrity and avoid personal conflict of interest or misuse of charity funds or assets.

The core skills expected of all trustees are:

1. Commitment to the Students’ Union.

2. Willingness and ability to devote the necessary time and effort.

3. Strategic thinking

4. Able to exercise and take decisions with independent care and judgement.

5. Ability to think creatively.

6. Willingness to speak their mind.

7. Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship.

8. Ability to work effectively as a member of a team.

9. A commitment to displaying Nolan's seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

Reasonable legitimate expenses will be reimbursed following the appropriate financial procedures.

We will provide training for you in being a trustee and will help you form relationships with other trustees to get support and guidance.

As a student trustee you’ll get invaluable experience of leading an organisation. You’ll get training and support and access to advice and guidance from professionals on finance, legal matters and other areas of expertise you require to succeed.

The minimum commitment required from the non-student trustees is preparation for and attendance at the 5 meetings of the Trustee Board held each year. We would expect the same from Student Trustees. There are also other meetings such as away days and committee meetings. In total you should devote 10 days per year to preparing for and attending meetings of the Union.

To lodge an application to be considered as a trustee of the Students’ Union, please send a copy of your CV together with a statement clearly setting out how you believe your skills and experience match those outlined in the role description above.

Completed applications should be sent to: Marie Nixon, Chief Executive on marie.nixon@sunderland.ac.uk.

Thank you for your interest in the role of student trustee. Feel free to pass this information on to fellow students as we need a number of student to join our board. If you’d like to have a chat about this role please don’t hesitate to get in contact with Marie Nixon, Chief Executive, who is our lead on trustee issues. She will be more than happy to take you for a cuppa and discuss any thoughts, ideas or worries you might have about applying for the role. We look forward to receiving your application!