Job Title: Trustee
Location: Manchester
Salary: 0 - voluntary roles
Reference: TR2019
Contact Name: Eleanor Ibi
Contact Email:
Job Published: April 25, 2019 14:01

Job Description

We’d love you to join us at The Union, Manchester Met.

As an independent charity, The Union’s primary aim is the advancement of education of all 33,000 plus students at Manchester Metropolitan University. We achieve this by helping students to build their confidence and skills, removing barriers to learning, and supporting them to make strong social connections and support networks. Every year, students elect a team of student Officers to lead The Union and represent their needs.

We employ 60 career staff and around 150 student staff. Together we run a variety of services including sports clubs, societies, change campaigns, volunteering opportunities, student representation and an advice service. We also host a number of events in our conferencing facilities and operate a bar, shop, coffee shop, as well as study rooms that students can book. As a not-for-profit, charitable organization, the money we make in our retail outlets is ploughed straight back into offering our members more and better services.

What’s the opportunity?

Current opportunities are either a four-year term or a co-opted one-year term as independent trustee.

This is not a typical board: this is a unique opportunity to work alongside our five elected student officers as part of the nine member Trustee Board. The board steers how we help our members succeed as students of Manchester Metropolitan University: whatever their personal ambition, background or reason for study. Trustees are responsible for governance, strategy, finance and reputation of The Union. They hold a key role in supporting the CEO and their team to deliver The Union’s strategy and upholding its values.

What are we looking for?

The role requires careful balance. The primary responsibility of the trustee board is to set the strategic direction of the union and to ensure the union is well governed, financially sustainable, legally compliant. As a membership organisation, all decisions of the board are also considerate of our student democracy. An eye for detail and the ability to see future opportunities are important.

We are particularly interested in hearing from applicants who have a commercial background and who are well networked in the city of Manchester. Recent experience of the further or higher education sector and of Students’ Unions themselves is particularly useful, but isn’t essential.

We are particularly interested in applications from women candidates and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are currently underrepresented on the board.

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