Student Trustee Recruitment 2021

Become a Student Trustee!

We are looking for enthusiastic, reliable and approachable students to fill our Student Trustee positions to start in June 2021.

If you have an interest in benefitting Falmouth University or the University of Exeter (Cornwall Campuses) students and learning more about how the Students' Union and Charities are run, then this role is perfect for you. You'll develop invaluable skills to increase your employability whilst ensuring students are properly heard and represented.

The role is voluntary and open to all students. You must be student in the 2021/2022 academic year and remain a student during this academic year, you can apply for one of our three appointed positions.


What is The SU Board of Trustees?

The Trustee Board is the governing body of the charity. The overall role of the Board is to ensure that the Union is well run, meeting its aims and working within the law and the constitution.


What is a Student Trustee?

Student Trustees sit on the Trustee Board for The SU and have the same legal rights and responsibilities as the other members of the Trustee Board (including full-time officers). Student Trustees are not involved in the day to day running of the Students' Union, but take an overview of how the Union is performing, both financially and in delivering services to students.


The Board of Trustees: Understanding your role and remit

There are 12 Trustees on the board: the four full-time President Officers (who are either recent graduates or intermitting students); four appointed Student Trustees; and four Lay Trustees appointed for their specialist knowledge and professional experience to provide independent expertise for the Board. Each type of trustee will bring something different to the board meetings. We expect there to be around four trustee meetings each year.

The table below offers a brief summary of expectations from the trustees:

Type of Trustee
Number of Trustees
Term of Office
Rectruitment Method
What they bring to the Board
Sabbartical/President Trustee
One year - two if re-elected
Cross Campus Ballot - Trustee by virtue of this representative position.
Elected mandate from students. Understanding the issues affecting the students and The SU. Understanding the University and Higher Education sector.
Student Trustees
Two years. Maximum of two terms. (If you can only do one year, that's fine too).
Appointed by the Appointments Committee (a sub-committee of the Board)
Voice of the current students. Knowledge of issues affecting students.
Lay Trustees
Three years. Maximum of three terms.
Appointed by the Appointments Committee
Experience and skills from wider World. Potential specialist areas of knowledge (campaigning, charity or media, law, accounting, social policy, etc.) Possible previous or current trustee experience.


Student Trustee Responsibilities

Charity trustees are the people who serve on the governing boards of a charity. The main duties are the same in all cases. Trustees have the must accept the ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of a charity and ensure that is it solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it has been set up. Trustees make decisions collectively to do this. In order for you to be able to make these decisions, it is important that you:

  • Attend approximately 4 Trustee Board meeting in a year.
  • Attend any sub-committees meetings to which you are appointed.
  • Read through the materials and papers in advance of a Trustee Board meeting.
  • Keep in regular contact by email and phone with the Chair of the Trustee Board and other trustees to be able to provide real-time feedback when queries and issues arise.
  • Participant in Trustee Board meeting debate and discussion, using your knowledge and experience.
  • Attend other meetings such as Annual General meeting.
  • Promote the role of Student Trustee throughout the year.

What’s in it for me?

  • You will receive full training on how to become a trustee and this is invaluable experience to see how top-level boards are run.
  • A career enhancing opportunity to direct a charity with an income of over £1m.
  • Understanding and learning about organisational governance, such as strategic planning, account management and charity law.
  • Learning and practicing transferrable skills in a professional board setting
  • Opportunities to sit on financial, appointments and human resources subcommittees
  • To volunteer and be part of a wider team which can really make a difference to students lives.

Is there a reason why you might not be able to be a trustee?

The Charity Commission (our regulator) sets out clear guidelines in terms of those unable to take on such a role. Below is a list of circumstances which will prevent you from becoming a trustee.

You are not allowed to be a trustee if you:

  • are under the age of 18 years old
  • have an unspent conviction for one or more of the offences listed here (see attached paper)
  • have an IVA, debt relief order and/or a bankruptcy order
  • have been removed as a trustee in England, Scotland or Wales (by the Charity Commission or Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator)
  • have been removed from being in the management or control of any body in Scotland (under relevant legislation)
  • have been disqualified by the Charity Commission
  • are a disqualified company director
  • are a designated person for the purposes of antiterrorism legislation
  • are on the sex offenders register
  • have been found in contempt of court for making (or causing to be made) a false statement
  • have been found guilty of disobedience to an order or direction of the Charity Commission

For a full list of disqualification reasons download our PDF.


How do I apply?

We would love to hear what you think about us, what the Students’ Union should do and what you could bring to the role. Please fill out form linked below and click send!

Application deadline: Wednesday 26 May 2021

Applications are closed now

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