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Vice-Chair and Lay Trustee University of Salford Students’ Union

Over the course of our next strategy, we would like to enhance our engagement with all our students, particularly our disabled students and those who commute into university.

  • Location: Salford
  • Salary: Unremunerated

c. 5 hybrid board meetings and 1 in-person away day per year + additional regular remote check-ins for the Vice-Chair.

The University of Salford Students’ Union is an independent, democratic charity led by elected student representatives working to represent students’ academic interests and to confront and overcome the barriers to learning at the University of Salford.

This mission has never been more relevant than in the past 24 months, with Covid creating huge barriers to engagement in students’ studies, exacerbating the pre-existing student mental health crisis, and causing additional pressure on housing. We’ve also seen a renewed focus on the experiences of People of Colour, LGBT+ people, and women at Salford, and the need to confront our cultures and working practices in order to achieve equity for all.

We offer a hugely diverse range of social opportunities, designed for students to make friends, learn new things, improve fitness, take up new hobbies or develop old ones. Thousands of students are involved in our activity groups, sports clubs, social programmes and our student radio station. We run a restaurant and bar (Atmosphere) on campus that provides a safe space for students to socialise and be themselves.

We have an Advocacy directorate dedicated to representing and advising students to improve the quality of the education and student experience at the University of Salford.

We have exciting times ahead as we have recently brought a number of new staff into the organisation and are now planning ahead for our next strategy.

We feel that we have an excellent relationship with our university partner, a vibrant and healthy staff culture and brilliant relationships with our international students. Over the course of our next strategy, we would like to enhance our engagement with all our students, particularly our disabled students and those who commute to the university.

Within the two roles we have available, we will be seeking at least one Trustee with prior board experience to be our Vice-Chair. We are open to the experience level of our Lay Trustee and support all of our Trustees with training.

We can be flexible with the expertise we are seeking, but welcome experience in Higher Education, leadership, EDI and governance.

While our Student and Sabbatical Trustees reflect the diversity of the Union’s membership, this has not always been the case with our Lay Trustees. Inclusion is one of the core values of USSU and we are keen to enhance the diversity of our Board and especially encourage applications from candidates from an ethnic minority and/or women.

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

Bill Yuksel, Business Manager: Book an appointment | 07801 897063 | bill@peridotpartners.co.uk


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About the University of Salford Students' Union

The University of Salford Students’ Union (USSU) is the independent representative body of students at the University. The Students’ Union is a registered charity.

Our vision and mission

Our Vision (what we want to be): We will confront and overcome the barriers to learning to ensure all Salford students are unstoppable.

Our Mission (why do we exist): We empower students to make change and succeed.

Our culture

The best thing about USSU is our culture. As we grow, we want to have a culture that we are proud to share with anyone who meets the Students’ Union and want you to help us shape it.

We currently hold five core values closely, which define and manage the way we work. They are reflected in everything we do and every interaction we have.

We are:

Student Powered: We are focused on the needs of our members

Change Makers: We are creative, progressive and kind

Straight-Forward: We are open, candid and proactive

Effective: We are professional and collaborative

Inclusive: Equity is at the heart of everything we do

The Union’s Strategic Plan makes five key promises to students:

  • We will offer something for every student
  • We will make the changes students want to see within three years
  • We will nurture students personal & professional development
  • We will help students to be happy and healthy at university
  • We will be an outstanding organisation focused on students


The Union’s work is determined by its members, through the annual election of a team of student representatives who make up most of the Union’s Trustee Board. The membership of the Trustee Board is as follows:

  • Five Officer Trustees: 1 x President, 4 x Students’ Union Officers each of whom is responsible for one of the University’s four academic Schools
  • Four Student Trustees: appointed by the Union Council
  • Four External (non-student) Trustees: appointed by the Board of Trustees

The permanent staff team is managed by the Chief Executive, who is directly accountable to the Trustee Board for the Union’s performance.

Finance & resources

The Union receives an annual grant from the University to fund its activities and has an annual turnover of £1.9m. The grant and the surpluses generated from the commercial operations enables the Union to spend fund the direct provision of student representation, recreation and development activities.

35 people make up the permanent staff team and approximately 30 student casual staff members are employed on a seasonal basis.

Student services

The Union is involved in a wide range of activities. Our core purpose is to represent students, deliver projects and activities which enhance the student experience and remove barriers to their education. The Union organises campaigns on issues of concern to the generality of students, administers the work of over 110 different student sport/activity groups, trains and develops over 500 student representatives and operates a Student Advice Centre.

The Union’s commercial activities and interests include a food-led licensed venue and events throughout the year.

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

    Bill Yuksel, Business Manager: Book an appointment | 07801 897063 | bill@peridotpartners.co.uk

    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 solely on merit.

    Disabled applicants 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.

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 15th August 2022

    Candidates informed of outcome: by 5 p.m. Friday 19th of August 2022

    Interviews: Wednesday 31st August 2022

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