Student Trustees

Role: Student Trustee x 2

Responsible to: Trustee Board

Hours / Time Commitment: 1 x Trustee training/induction day per year, 4 x Trustee Board meetings per year, 2 x Sub-Committee meetings per year


Our vision is to empower every student to be who they want to be and make a difference in the world.

Our mission is: through the delivery of our quality support activity, representation entertainment and value for money services, we will ensure that our students feel part of a community which is inclusive, where they can grow in confidence and simply be students.

Our Values, as an organisation are: Supportive, Friendly, Putting Students First and Creative.

We are looking for people who share our vision, mission and values to help us be a better Keele SU.

Who are we?

Students' Unions are dynamic, fun, yet professional places to work.  Keele SU is no different; Professional teams support elected student leaders so we can make change improve lives and fulfill potential - we help make it happen.

Keele SU is one of more than 550 students' unions across the country with 10,000 members, a huge range of services and a bold strategy for our future, we're one of the most exciting. 


What's the role?

Keele SU is an independent charity, and our Trustees are volunteers who lead our strategic direction. Collectively, they are responsible for all that the students’ union does, and they delegate a number of their responsibilities to the staff of the SU, so ensuring those people are supported and challenged to do a great job is a big part of our work. The Trustee Board is made up of a mixture of elected and appointed students, and externally appointed specialists. A variety of backgrounds, experiences and skills gives us the best chance of making good decisions for students. Trusteeship is fulfilling and great for the CV. You’ll be involved in setting budgets for a £4 million organisation, oversee the work of the Chief Executive and Leadership Team, and agree strategic priorities.

We are looking to recruit two Student Trustees for our Trustee Board. The role will be appointed for 2 years, starting 1st July 2021, but don’t worry if you’ll only be here for one year, that’s fine too. We’ll just re-advertise when the role becomes vacant again.

Who you are?

Someone energised by the prospect of there being lots going on!  You'll be enthused by our strategy and vision for the future of Keele SU and you will share our vision, mission and values.

Why apply?

  • Because you're excited by the challenge!
  • You are looking to gain skills and confidence.
  • You have time to use your skills for others.
  • You are looking for experience to help with job searching after Uni?
  • You want to put back and help others?
  • Volunteering as a trustee can be invaluable as you plan for the next step in your career.

We're committed to, and value, equality and diversity and welcome applications from individuals regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age, gender or disability status.

Whoever you are, if you're looking for something a bit out of the ordinary, we'd love to hear from you.

Please see the job role, duties and person specification for full details.

Check out the 'Our Trustees' webpage for lots more information and details!

When should you apply?

The closing date for applications is 22nd June


What happens next?

Interviews will be held with a small group of existing Trustees and will be relatively informal. They will seek to explore your motivation for the position and the skills and experience you can bring to this important position. You won’t need to prepare anything for the interview, and we won’t take too much of your valuable time.

Interviews will be held on 28th June. 

If you are appointed, the Trustees will make a recommendation to the next Union General Meeting to appoint their preferred candidates (don’t worry, you won’t be required to attend or speak).

If you have any questions about the role or the process, please contact either:

Fay Harris, Deputy Chief Executive (Membership) f.harris@keele.ac.uk

Emma Hedges, Membership Services Manager (Student Voice & Activities) e.hedges@keele.ac.uk


See below for more information about being a trustee.

Please read the Essential Trustee Guide. It gives you a guide to what is required, including your responsibilities to Keele SU as a charity. Don’ t be put off, if you have any questions, we are here to help, and you will receive training and support throughout your time as a trustee.

The Essential Trustee: what you need to know, what you need to do.

As a student trustee you must comply with the Charities Commission eligibility requirements and the requirements of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) who regulate Keele SU's debt counselling provision. The requirement includes providing information to be included as a 'Directory Person' on the FCA's public register (passport number, NI number and other details).

Who can’t be a charity trustee, information from the Charities Commission:

Age limitations

You must be at least 18 years old to be a charity trustee (16 if your charity is a company or charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)).

Automatic disqualification

Some people are disqualified by law from acting as charity trustees, subject to waiver provisions. You can find out about automatic disqualification rules in our guidance.

It is normally an offence to act as a trustee while disqualified unless the Charity Commission has given a waiver.

Disqualification by the Charity Commission

The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 added new sections to the Charities Act 2011, one of which gives the commission a discretionary power to make a disqualification order where the 3 statutory criteria, set out in section 181 (A) of the 2011 Act, are met.

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