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Student Trustee

Listed by Birmingham City Students' Union


Application deadline: Fri 31 May 2024 23:59


What is a Trustee? 

BCUSU is an independent charity that aims to improve the academic experience for students at BCU. In the UK, charity law requires Students’ Unions to have a Board of Trustees, who ensure that a charity is operating correctly.  

In our case, Trustees ensure that we are working towards our vision and goals, as well as having students’ interest at the heart of our decisions. 


What sort of experience do you need? 

You do not need any experience to be a trustee, but it is a voluntary position, so a time commitment is needed. You must be a first or second year student at BCU (or have two years remaining on your course) 


What will you need to do? 

As a Student Trustee, you will serve on the Board of Trustees and give a student perspective on how BCUSU is being run, and how you think we should move forward.  

You will need to be available for meetings around 2 hours long, 5 times a year. There will also be an annual Trustee away day. In these meetings you will discuss BCUSU’s finances, Strategic Plan, the management of the organisation and much more. 


Why should you apply? 

You’ll gain experience in running a charity with a turnover just short of £4 million (great for your CV!) You will also receive training and ongoing support to help you do this role effectively. 

This is a great opportunity to significantly impact BCUSU and students’ experience. As we welcome a new Chief Executive and Officer Team we are incredibly positive about the opportunities ahead for students, as a Student Trustee you can join the next chapter of your Students’ Union. 


Who are we looking for? 

We’re looking for a student that is: 

  • Passionate about their student experience and can communicate their personal experience effectively 

  • Willing to give their opinion about BCUSU and share the opinion of other students 

  • Able to read papers before a meeting and can communicate through email 

  • Attentive at meetings and contribute where appropriate 

  • Willing to commit to the role for a minimum of 2 year (during your studies) 

We are committed to developing a diverse and inclusive workplace that benefits our students and staff therefore we are actively encouraging applications who are UK home students, LGBTQ+, Black, Disabled to apply as this reflects some of the gaps in the incoming Trustee Board. 

Please note, this is an unpaid, volunteer position.  


Principle purpose of role: 

  • Ultimately responsible for directing the affairs of BCUSU  

  • Ensure that BCUSU is well run and delivers the objectives for which it has been set up 

  • Ensure that BCUSU works for and with its membership in all that it does 


Application process: 

Step 1 - 

Book a meeting with Jay and Suzy, BCUSU President and Chief Executive, to find out more about the role. 

Book your meeting


Step 2 -

After meeting Jay and Suzy, submit your online application below.

You will be asked “Why should we consider you for this role?”. When answering this question, candidates who are able to demonstrate that they meet the shortlisting criteria closely will be most successful. Please refer to the Person Specification, on the full Job Description below. 

Read job description and shortlisting criteria

Apply now!


Step 3 -

Interviews scheduled Monday 3rd - Friday 14th June, if required.


Start date:

Monday 1st July