What they say: A Current Trustee

Being able to contribute to the continuing development of the Students’ Union is deeply rewarding and being a Trustee is the perfect way to bring expertise to a growing organisation. The Union values democracy, empowerment and diversity, and as a Trustee you don't only need to value these too, but ensure that the organisation continues to hold these values as it works towards its mission of students transforming.

Unlike some other charities, students’ unions are dynamic organisations and External Trustees have a lot to contribute, especially when Elected Student Officer and Student Trustees are often new to their role. I feel that I am personally able to contribute to the development of the union by providing an external perspective and being able to offer guidance and support to the Management Team and staff, particularly in my specialist area.

The experience of being an External Trustee at a Students’ Union is supporting my professional development by allowing me to develop new skills around decision making and problem solving which I can take back into my day job.

Roscoe Hastings- Trustee at UEA Students’ Union

What they say: A Student Elected Officer

Students’ Unions are run by students- we get elected to represent, change, develop and transform. But we can’t do this on our own. So as well as employing experts to help us deliver our mission, we also need people like you- external Trustees able to guide and advise us.

The role is amazing. Being part of a political organisation, in a continually changing Higher Education sector, with a rapid membership turnover, requires dynamism and commitment not associated with other Trustee positions in traditional charities.

It means different types of considerations and a more holistic approach about our role in wider politics and society and the vision we help portray, as well as never losing sight of the crucial day-to-day role we play in the lives of students.

Josh Goddard- President at West London Students' Union

What they say: An SU Chief Executive

It's an impossibly exciting time to be involved with Students' Unions. Over the past few years SUs have been developing our organisations' services, structures, programmes and people to match the ambitions of our incredible students. Now were ready to embrace the future, innovate, and pioneer new ways to meet our students' needs.

Over the next few years, we’ll be developing innovative new strategies, spending millions between us on transforming our facilities and implementing exciting new plans in our services. As a trustee you will play an important role in ensuring we go about our transformation in the best possible way, ensuring our very unique organisations deliver for our members now and in the future.

Marie Nixon- Chief Executive at Sunderland Students' Union