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Chief Executive Officer Teesside University Students’ Union

Our new Chief Executive will join a loyal and talented team, working alongside a university partner eager to collaborate and enhance student experiences.

  • Location: Hybrid / Teesside (On-site 3 days per week)
  • Salary: £59,329 - £70,066

Who we are

Teesside University Students’ Union (TUSU) is a not-for-profit organisation with an annual budget of around £3 million, dedicated to students at Teesside University. Our mission is to enrich the lives of students at Teesside University, providing a dynamic range of safe, friendly, helpful, and fun services.

We cater to a hyper-diverse mixture of students, including:

  • Many who are slightly older and commute from across the north east
  • A significant number enrolled in workplace schemes
  • Numerous international students

We are proud of our student body’s diversity and their record engagement levels, evidenced by the highest turnout in our history in the last elections and a 98% satisfaction rating in the International Student Barometer, placing us in the UK’s top 5.

We have played a pivotal role in supporting Teesside University to achieve Gold standard in the Teaching Excellence Framework and win the Social Inclusion University of the Year award.

About the role

With our current CEO retiring after 28 years of remarkable service, we have an exciting opportunity for someone to support our ambitions for the future.

We are on the cusp of a significant refurbishment of our building to ensure it better meets the needs of our students. We will also be collaborating with our university partners to develop a shared student experience strategy.

The key skills we seek include:

  • emotional intelligence
  • a collegiate leadership style
  • experience in partnering with diverse stakeholders
  • a proven track record of leading happy, high-performing teams

The new Chief Executive will join a loyal and talented team, working alongside a university partner eager to collaborate and enhance student experiences.

We are proud to be one of the most diverse organisations in the north east, committed to social mobility and empowering people from all walks of life and every area of the globe to gain the benefits of a transformative university experience.

We particularly encourage applications from those traditionally underrepresented in leadership roles.

For further discussion about this opportunity and what we are seeking, please reach out to our advisors at Peridot Partners.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Bill Yuksel bill@peridotpartners.co.uk | Book an appointment | 07801 897063


If you would like to know more about this role please contact Bill Yuksel

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Welcome from the Chair of Trustees

Thank you for expressing an interest in becoming the next Chief Executive of Teesside University Students’ Union.

Teesside SU exists to support over 22,000 students at the University of Teesside. We pride ourselves on helping students have a successful, fulfilling and rewarding experience at university, whilst supporting them to prepare for the future.

The University of Teesside is a vibrant and diverse community, and TUSU is a fantastic place to work, with a strong team who possess a great work ethos, working within a positive working environment.

We recognise that every student is different, and we have a diverse population of students. We are committed to ensuring we provide all students with opportunities to grow, develop and achieve.

If you feel you have the right approach, excellent experience relevant to this role and would welcome playing a significant part in our future development then we would love to hear from you.

Michael Adewunmi
Chair of Trustees

About us

Teesside University Students’ Union represents all of the students of Teesside University and provides a range of services for its members. It is registered charity number 1199285 with an annual income of about £3 million with up to 1,000 employees and volunteers each year.

We operate a wide range of services for students including:

  • SU Student Support – advice and advocacy on finances, housing, and academic issues, jobs service.
  • SU Activities with over 60 student societies, led by student volunteers
  • Social study, catering, and evening events in four different venues – the Love It Lounge, The Terrace, The Hub, and SU Studio
  • The SU Shop

Our Mission
Enriching the lives of students at Teesside University

Our Values
Open minded

Our Vision
We are dynamic and ambitious in meeting the needs of current and future students.

Legal status

Teesside University Students’ Union is a registered charity number 1199285. The Union has a Board of Trustees which is legally responsible for all aspects of the organisation.

Democratic structures

Teesside University Students’ Union is a membership organisation. All students at Teesside University are automatically members of Teesside University Students’ Union. The membership provides strategic and political direction through the Union’s democratic structures, including referendums, the Annual General Meeting, and Student Representative Forum and the three elected Officer Trustees.

The Trustees

The Trustees of Teesside University Students’ Union are the three Officer Trustees (the Presidents’), four External trustees and two Student Trustees. The Officer Trustees are elected each year by and from the student membership of Teesside University Students’ Union. The Officer Trustees take a year out of their studies (or immediately after graduating) to serve as a trustee. They can stand for re-election for a second year if they choose but can serve for no more than two years. Unlike the trustees of most registered charities, the Officers are paid a salary and work a normal working week. The two student trustees have all the responsibilities of being a trustee but are still studying and fulfil their trustee duties on a ‘part-time’ voluntary basis.

Chair and Deputy Chair

One of the Presidents of the Union is appointed as the Chair of the Board of Trustees. They are responsible for chairing the meetings of the Board, leading on the performance management of the Chief Executive and acting as the lead ambassador of the Union to external stakeholders and the wider public. There is also a Deputy Chair who is one of the External Trustees and assists the Chair in all areas of their role.

Staff and management structure

Teesside University Students’ Union employs around 150 staff to provide services for its members. The staff is of two types – over 100 student staff each year, who work whilst completing their studies at Teesside University and approximately 30 career staff. The Board oversees the work of staff through the Chief Executive and senior management team, each of whom is responsible for one of the Union’s departments or a strategic function.

Accessibility information

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs and have made some modifications to the way we do business to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities.

We offer the following amenities:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

Further information

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Bill Yuksel bill@peridotpartners.co.uk | Book an appointment | 07801 897063

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 12th February 2024
    First stage interviews: Friday 23rd February 2024 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Virtual)
    Second stage interviews: Friday 8th March 2024 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (In person)

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