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We Need Student Trustees!

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Looking to add something good to your CV? We need four volunteer student trustees, find out more below.

 

ABOUT THE ROLE

As a Student Trustee, you will support the elected Sabbatical and other Trustees to maintain good financial and legal governance of the University of Essex Students’ Union as recommended by the Charities Commission. 

 

WHAT YOU’LL DO

You will attend full Trustee Board meetings, usually 6 a year and the AGM, regular Committee meetings, as well as attend relevant SU events to support the activities and the development of the SU. 

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Trustees are legally and financially responsible for the charity. They oversee the strategic management of the organisation, oversee the finances and ensure that the charity’s funds are spent appropriately.  In addition to these key duties, trustees are also invited to support in the development of projects within their specific areas of expertise or interest.

The following are the responsibility of all trustees:

  • Ensuring that the Students’ Union acts in accordance with its charitable objectives, constitution and other guidance documents, remaining true to its vision, mission and strategic direction.
  • Being responsible for the performance of the Union and for its behaviour, ensuring that the Union complies with all legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Ensuring that the Union does not undertake any activities that put its financial stability, members or reputation at undue risk.
  • Participating fully in Union board meetings.
  • Supporting the Union with its Charity Commission registration.
  • Driving the strategic development of the organisation through development of a Strategic Plan and monitoring of its Key Performance Indicators.
  • Ensuring adequate performance of the Students’ Union Chief Executive.
  • To ensure that the views of our members are regularly considered in relation to the actions of the Students’ Union.
  • Acting with integrity and maintaining confidentiality at all times.

 

Trustee Board Structure

The Current Trustee board is made up of the following positions:

  • 7 sabbatical officers ( president is chair of trustee board)
  • 3 External trustees
  • 4 Colchester student Trustees
  • 1 Southend student trustee
  • 1 Loughton Trustee

 

The Trustee board meets 6 times a year and the successful applicant will also be expected to sit on at least one of the following governance committees:

  • Human Resources Committee
  • Audit & Risk
  • Union Performance
  • Tackling Racism

 

The Trustees are responsible for the financial and strategic direction of the organisation, ensuring that the Union is solvent, well run and meeting its charitable outcomes. A strong and active Trustees board is essential for us as we endeavour to build on our success of the rebrand and delivery of the promises outlined in the previous page.

 

REQUIREMENTS

 

We are looking for volunteers who meet the following criteria:

  • A fully registered University of Essex student for the duration of their time as a trustee.
  • An ability to commit for at least one academic year and possibly up to 3 years
  • Enthusiasm and a willingness to be involved.
  • A reliable attitude and willingness to commit fully to the role.
  • A passion for the Students’ Union and making a difference to the lives of students at University of Essex
  • An understanding of the issues facing students
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to contribute in meetings
  • An understanding of and commitment to equality and diversity

 

There are certain legal requirements you must meet in order to be eligible for the role.  Some people may be disqualified from acting as a charity Trustee, including:

  • Anyone with an unspent conviction for an offence involving deception or dishonesty
  • Anyone who is currently declared bankrupt (or are subject to bankruptcy restrictions or an interim order)
  • Anyone who has an individual voluntary arrangement (IVA) to pay off debts with creditors
  • Anyone who is disqualified from being a company director
  • Anyone who has previously been removed as a trustee by the Charity Commission or High Court due to misconduct or mismanagement
  • Anyone who is disqualified or barred from acting as a trustee of a charity under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

 

REMUNERATION

Reasonable out of pocket expenses will be paid

 

WHAT WILL I GAIN FROM BEING A TRUSTEE?

 

You will develop skills in:

 

  • Communication and Team work
  • Understanding and using budgets
  • Strategic thinking and developing strategic plans
  • Understanding of legal and business matters
  • Governance and compliance
  • Problem solving
  • Time Management
  • Decision Making
  • Meeting skills and confidentiality

 

As a Trustee you will also join a group of influential people who have a broad range of skills and industry contacts

 

 

Person Specification       

 

 

Essential

Desirable

Experience and Background     

Evidence of  working in and understanding how a charity works

 

X

Experience of working in a commercial environment

 

x

A current student of University of Essex

X

 

Knowledge

A good understanding of the issues affecting all students in the UK, including Post graduate and International student issues.

 

X

An awareness of the effective governance of organisations (public, private or voluntary sector)

 

X

Awareness of the systems and structures in, and issues affecting, Higher Education

 

X

Skills and Abilities

The ability to challenge the status quo, test perceived wisdom and question authority

X

 

Sound judgment and the ability to think corporately and strategically; ability to handle competing priorities and make informed decisions

X

 

Ability to commit to the role and devote the appropriate time

x

 

Strong Communication skills with the ability to relate to and communicate effectively with, people at all levels

X

 

Values, Attitudes and Personal Style

A leader on equality of opportunity who values diversity and removes barriers to equality

X

 

An excellent role models who promotes the highest standards of probity, integrity and honesty

X

 

An effective leader who is positive, determined and resilient enough to cope with the demands of the role

X

 

 

HOW TO APPLY

If you are interested in becoming a Student Trustee, contact cm20983@essex.ac.uk by the 31st of October 2021 with a short description of yourself, and why you are interested. Then an interview will be arranged with the President and an External Trustee.

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