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Lay Trustee | University of Salford Students’ Union (USSU)

The University of Salford Students’ Union is an independent democratically run charity led by elected student representatives working to represent student’s academic interests. Join as a Lay Trustee to help make sure our students' University experience is the amazing, life changing experience it should be.

  • Location: Salford, Greater Manchester
  • Salary: Unrenumerated

About the role

The University of Salford Students’ Union (USSU) offers a 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.

Our vision “to confront and overcome the barriers to learning” has never been more relevant than it has in the past year. We’re proud that we’ve been able to secure over £1,000 in saved payments for students who are renting, and we’ve secured additional funding to help our students get the equipment they need. We’ve worked with our University partner to put a Covid-19 safety net in place and have continued to lead progressive work to reduce the Black award gap, celebrate diversity and promote democratic student led leadership.

We have exciting times ahead as we emerge from the pandemic, reflect on the learning and seek to maximise the opportunities afforded to us with increased digital engagement. Our new Lay Trustees will play a role in our next strategy, which we’ll be looking to refresh soon.

Who we are looking for

Within the two Lay Trustee roles we have available, we’re seeking at least one Trustee with HR and/or Equality, Diversity and Inclusion expertise. We can be flexible with our other position but welcome expertise in Finance, Actuary, Governance, Advocacy/Lobbying and/or Legal.

We’re also open to supporting first-time Trustees and deliver yearly Trustee training.

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

If you are inspired by this opportunity, we would love you to contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Bill Yuksel, Business Manager: https://calendly.com/byuksel | 07801 897063 | bill@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: 9am, Monday 24th May 2021

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

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About USSU

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 £1.8m. 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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    If you would like an informal conversation around the role, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    Bill Yuksel, Business Manager, on 07801 897063 or bill@peridotpartners.co.uk.

    To apply, please submit a CV and supporting statement (the supporting statement should be a maximum of two sides of A4) that clearly outlines your suitability for the role against the criteria provided in the person specification. It would also be helpful to provide an explanation of your interest and motivation in applying for this position within your supporting statement.

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

    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 job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.


    Closing date: 9am, Monday 24th May 2021
    Shortlisting: Friday 28th May 2021
    Interview: Friday 11th June 2021

    Equal Opportunities Monitoring

    Peridot and USSU 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.

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