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Lay Trustee | City, University of London Students’ Union (the Union)

Join a Students' Union with a rich history spanning over 100 years who represent the views of almost 20,000 students at City, University of London, to the institution and beyond. We are looking for a Lay Trustee with legal and governance expertise; especially people that define as women and/or who are from ethnic minority communities.

  • Location: London
  • Salary: Unremunerated (reasonable expenses paid)

About the role

City, University of London Students’ Union (the Union) has a rich history spanning over 100 years. We represent the views of almost 20,000 students at City, University of London, to the institution and beyond.

The Union delivers a range of services and support for its members. These include independent academic advice, supporting Programme Reps to enhance their courses, and promoting the employability and development of students through the Student Activities and Development Team. The Union also runs commercial services, including a shop which sells a range of products including ethically sourced University-branded clothing, merchandise, confectionary, and stationery.

The Union has changed rapidly in recent years having achieved an increase in grant funding from the University, changed its status to a Company Limited by Guarantee, and has moved into new campus offices.

We have recently launched a new and very ambitious strategy which will see us ask challenging questions of ourselves and our University partner. These are aimed at achieving maximum value for money for students in their educational experience, as well as developing a greater range of supportive services that can help students build the financial resilience and management skills to support their lives after education.

If we are to be accessible to the full range of students we have at City, we will need to grow our skills, capacity and services. This means making the most of additional funding as well as the physical spaces we have.

Who we are looking for

Our board has benefitted significantly from having a person with legal and governance expertise, but this person has reached the end of their term, so we are seeking someone who could bring similar expertise.

Our board has three types of Trustee: Student Trustee, Sabbatical Trustee and Lay Trustee.

We know that having an inclusive and representative board enables a more robust form of decision making and governance. We have exceptional levels of diversity in our Student and Sabbatical Trustees but would like to increase the diversity of our Lay Trustees. We especially welcome applications from people that define as women and/or are from ethnic minority communities or have demonstrable experience improving the experience of people from ethnic minority communities. All applications will be considered on an equal merit basis.

Candidates are invited to arrange an informal conversation with our advising consultant, Bill Yuksel, at Peridot Partners here: https://calendly.com/byuksel/

Closing date: 9am, Monday 1st February 2021

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

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Welcome from Saqlain Riaz, President and Board of Trustees Chair and Philip Gilks, Chief Executive

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Lay Trustee of City, University of London Students’ Union (the Union). This pack contains an overview of the Union, the role and information on how you can apply.

Every City student is a member of the Union by default. That makes the Union the representative body for 20,000 members. We’re run by students, for students, and provide support, representation, advice and activities for our student body regardless of circumstance.

As a Lay Trustee, your role will be to sit on a board of ten Trustees who govern the Union and work alongside our student Officers, staff team, and hundreds of student volunteers to run a thriving and active students’ union in the heart of London. The Union is going through a period of massive revitalisation with the recruitment of new staff, increased funding, and the implementation of a strategic plan which was launched in August 2019.

This is a great opportunity to take on an essential role in a developing and dynamic charity committed to changing lives. We look forward to meeting you.

Saqlain Riaz
President and Board of Trustees Chair

Philip Gilks
Chief Executive

About City, University of London Students’ Union (the Union)

With a rich history spanning over 100 years, City, University of London Students’ Union (the Union) is the primary organisation representing the views of almost 20,000 students at City, University of London to the institution and beyond.

The Union is the heart of activity on campus with its three Full-Time Student Officers, a team of permanent staff, and student volunteers leading its day-to-day operations. The Union delivers a range of services and support for its members, including independent academic advice, supporting our Programme Reps to enhance their courses, and promoting the employability and development of students through the Student Activities and Development Team. The Union also runs a Shop which sells a range of products, including ethically sourced University-branded clothing, merchandise, confectionary and stationary.

The Union has changed rapidly in recent years, changing status to a Company Limited by Guarantee, moving into new campus offices, and successfully increasing its block grant funding.

Our Vision, Values & Strategy

The Union has a brand-new strategy which was launched on 1 August 2019 and will set the direction of the Union until 2022. The key headlines are:

Vision

You have a great time as a student at City and when you graduate you believe your time here has given you the skills and experiences to achieve your goals.

Mission

The Students’ Union will empower student success, with services and support that enhance your time at City and beyond.

Values

We listen, learn and lead.

Our values define our approach and culture, we’ll demonstrate them in our behaviour by:

  • asking the questions that matter; how does it feel to be a student at City? How can your experience be improved?
  • questioning our work, asking; are we working in the most effective way? Is there a better way? We thrive on finding innovative ways to tackle the issues you raise that present barriers in order to add value to your experience at City.
  • not fearing failure; we try new things in the knowledge that not everything will work first time. What matters is learning from our experience and constantly seeking to improve.
  • evidence underpinning what we do; from our experiences, learning from others and from listening to you.

For more information about the Union

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    Please download the Lay Trustee Recruitment Pack and fill out this Equality Monitoring Form

    Candidates are invited to arrange an informal conversation with our advising consultant, Bill Yuksel, at Peridot Partners here: https://calendly.com/byuksel/

    To apply, please submit a CV and a supporting statement (a maximum of two sides of A4). The supporting statement should clearly outline your suitability against the essential criteria in the person specification with an explanation why the role is of interest and relevant to you.

    Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “City, the Union – Lay Trustee” into the subject field.

    We will send an acknowledgement email within three working days from receipt. If you have not received a response, please contact:

    Diversity

    The Union is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We celebrate diversity and applications are actively encouraged from individuals from diverse backgrounds.

    We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered on an equal merit basis.

    Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process, to discuss steps that can be taken to overcome any operational difficulties.

    Timetable

    Applications Close: Monday, 1st February 2021
    Interview Date: Friday 12th February 2021

    Equal Opportunities Monitoring

    Peridot and the Union are committed to promoting equality and diversity. To help us raise awareness and support a culture that is diverse and recognises and develops the potential of all, we need to appreciate the profile of candidates who apply for positions. We would therefore be most grateful if you would complete this equality monitoring form.

    The information will be treated confidentially and anonymously and will help us to support our commitment to fair recruitment practice. All information provided will be held in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with anyone, in line with the Data Protection Act 2018. The information provided does not form part of the decision-making process and will not affect your application.

    We treat all job applicants equally and fairly and do not unlawfully discriminate against them. We do this by ensuring that we operate an open and fair recruitment process, and making decisions using selection criteria which do not discriminate. We will take every possible step to ensure that employees and volunteers are treated fairly, with the aim of creating a culture that respects and values each others’ differences, that is free of discrimination and promotes dignity, equality and diversity.

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