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The University of South Wales Students’ Union is  a vibrant, innovative Union whose main purpose is to provide representation and opportunities for the 30,000 students studying across the multiple campuses of the University of South Wales. The prime focus of USWSU is to ensure that it has the right people governing the organisation to help it achieve its’ charitable aims and to guarantee that its democratic process is truly representative of the entire student body; systems that must prove robust in the Union’s status as a registered charity.

For External Trustees, skills/experience in the areas of human resource management, law, governance, diversity, commercial business or charities/membership organisations would be advantageous.

If appointed, you will be expected to attend all meetings of the Trustee Board during the term of office.

Role and Responsibilities

Trustees are the people responsible, under the governing document of the University of South Wales Students’ Union, for controlling the management and administration of the USWSU. The Trustees ensure that the organisation achieves its objectives and delivers for its members with a commitment to being student led.

The Trustee Board comprises:

  • 3 Officer Trustees (current sabbatical officers)
  • 3 Student Trustees (one from each of the Union’s regions, these being Pontypridd, Cardiff and Newport) who must be students studying in the region at the time of and for the duration of their appointment
  • 2 Alumni Trustees (one from the former UW Newport and one from the former University of Glamorgan) whose graduation date must be prior to November 2011
  • 3 External Trustees

The role of a Trustee includes:

ensuring that USWSU complies with its governing documents, charity law, company law and any and all other relevant legislation and/or regulations

  • ensuring that USWSU pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
  • maintaining proper financial control and ensure that USWSU applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects
  • setting and maintaining vision, mission and values
  • developing strategy, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets
  • ensuring accountability
  • supporting the operational management of the Union
  • safeguarding the good name of the University of South Wales Students’ Union
  • acting in the best interests of the organisation

In addition to the above statutory duties, each Trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge and experience to help the Trustee Board make sound decisions. Further, a Trustee is expected to act reasonably and prudently in all matters relating to the charity and must always bear the interests of USWSU in mind. You can not be a Trustee if:

  • you have been convicted of an offence involving deception or dishonesty, unless the conviction is spent
  • you are an undischarged bankrupt
  • you have previosuly been removed from Trusteeship of a charity by the courts or the Charity Commissioners
  • you are under a disqualification order under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.

It is also an offence to act a a Trustee while disqualified, unless the Charity Commission has given a waiver. Further, all Trustees are expected to adhere to the Seven Principles of Public Life.

As the Union operates across several campuses, meetings of the Board will be held in varying locations. In recognition of this, travel expenses will be reimbursed at the approved Union rate.