Use your skills and experiences to govern a multi-million pound charity.

Trustees have overall control of a charity and are responsible for making sure it’s doing what it was set up to do. In the case of your Students' Union, this is making sure that the Union is fulfilling it's core purpose of representing students' academic interests and that all of it's strategic and operational processes back this up.

Trustees use their skills and experience to support their charities, helping them achieve their aims. Trustees also often learn new skills during their time on the board. 

 

Click here to check your eligibility and express your interest. 

 

What do our Charity Trustees do?

Trustees are responsible for:

  • making sure the decisions that the Union makes are in the best interest of the Union and its members

  • Setting the long term plans and direction of the Union

  • Making sure the Union uses its financial resources properly and that it is financially viable

  • Ensuring the Union works within the law and constitution

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:

  • Attend several Board meetings a year, as well as one or more training/induction sessions. Attend any sub-committees to which you are appointed

  • Prepare for Board meetings by reading through materials and Board papers beforehand

  • Attend the annual Members’ meeting of the Union, where the trustees’ report will be presented to students

  • Keep in regular contact by email and phone with the other Trustees and provide feedback and input on issues when they arise

What support do you get as a Trustee?

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.

 

Are you eligible?

You must be at least 16 years old to be a trustee of a charity that is a company or a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO), or at least 18 to be a trustee of any other sort of charity. You must be properly appointed following the procedures and any restrictions in the charity’s governing document.

You must not act as a trustee if you are disqualified under the Charities Act, including if you:

  • have an unspent conviction for an offence involving dishonesty or deception (such as fraud)

  • are bankrupt or have entered into a formal arrangement (eg an individual voluntary arrangement) with a creditor

  • have been removed as a company director or charity trustee because of wrongdoing

Click to learn more about being a Charity Trustee on the Charity Commission website

Express your Interest in becoming a Student Trustee