Keele Student Union Student Trustees X 2

Closed 31/10/2023

Role: 2 x Student Trustees

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: To empower every student to be who they want to be and make a difference in the world.

Our mission: 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 Students' Union.

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 approx. 14,000 members, a huge range of services and a bold strategy for our future, we're one of the most exciting.

As well as supporting representational, recreational and support services, we also have a significant commercial aspect aspect. Running bars, a nightclub, catering and Co-op store on campus.

What's the role?

Keele SU is an independent charity, and our Trustees provide strategic oversight of our operations, ensure that we are performing in line with our values, vision and mission and that we are acting in the best interests of our student members. Collectively, the board is 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 give 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 an organisation with a turnover of more than £4 million, oversee the work of the Chief Executive and Leadership Team and agree strategic priorities.

We are looking to recruit 2 student trustees to our Trustee Board.

Who are you?

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.

We would welcome applications from students studying any course at Keele, we would particularly welcome applications from students studying / have experience of Business/Finance.

Keele SU values equality and diversity across our workforce and to ensuring our staff community is reflective of the diversity of our student population. In support of these commitments, we welcome applications from individuals of black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds for all roles.

Why apply?

  • Because your excited by the challenge!
  • You are looking to gain skills and confidence
  • You have time to use your skills for others
  • You want to put back and help others
  • You have an interest in Higher Education and enhancing students' personal development
  • You have good communication skills, you are able to listen and also able to communicate complex ideas in a simple way
  • You have a willingness to embrace our vision, values and mission
  • You have a desire to champion the work of Keele SU and act as an ambassador for Keele SU

When should you apply?

The closing date for applications is 23.59 on 31st October 2023.

What happens next?

Your application will be reviewed by an appointed group made up of existing trustees. If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview, which will ideally be in person, however if it needs to be online, please let us know.

If you are appointed, the Trustees will then ask for the position to be ratified by the full Trustee Board at the next meeting of the Trustee Board.

If you have any questions about the role or the process, please contact: Fay Harris, Deputy Chief Executive (Membership)

More information about being a Trustee

More information about being a Keele SU Trustee, the Committee Meetings Board Dates & Cycle of Business can be found at

The Charities Commission have produced 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.

Please note there are rules about automatic disqualification.

You can find out about automatic disqualification rules using this link.

Please see the full Job description and Person Specification for full details about the role.

To help you to complete questions asked on the application form please refer to the Sub Committee documents below:

Terms of Reference - Finance, HR & Compliance

Terms of Reference - Student Engagement

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