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Lay Trustee | University of West London Students’ Union (UWLSU)

University of West London Students’ Union is on a mission to disrupt inequality in the UK higher education sector. As a Trustee your contributions and skills will play a significant part in helping us navigate a global pandemic and build an even more impactful and sustainable SU.

  • Location: London, circa 10-12 engagements per year
  • Salary: Voluntary (reasonable expenses covered)

About the role

In 2013 we started a journey that has seen us transform one of the worst ranked Students’ Unions (SU) in the UK, which engaged with less than 5% of students, to our current position of engaging with close to 80% of students and being consistently ranked as a top three SU.

We achieved this by ensuring the student voice was present in key decisions that impacted student learning; by offering a social programme to students that met or exceeded the experience of their peers at other institutions; by helping students when they were in need or at risk of dropping out; and by lifting the expectations and aspirations of our students.

This agenda shifts us beyond the scope of a traditional SU, it speaks to the priority of our members and our ambition to shift perceptions about what an SU is and what it can achieve.

Our focus now is to sustain our success by continuing to refine the way in which we work to achieve even greater productivity and engagement with our members.

Who we are looking for

Now, more than ever, we need a Trustee board that can continue to support, empower and champion the voice of students, and ensure that we are doing everything in our power to support students at this challenging time. As a Trustee, your contributions and skills will play a significant part in helping us navigate a global pandemic and build an even more impactful and sustainable SU.

At this moment in time, we would benefit most from candidates with entrepreneurial flair, financial and / or commercial expertise – ideally at a level where you can contribute to business wide planning and provide insight and advice on commercial operations. We are open to working with an experienced candidate or someone undertaking their first Trustee role. We will provide you with all the training support and development you would need to be a valued board member.

As a widening participation SU with a very diverse membership, it would be advantageous to have lived experience of overcoming a systemic barrier in life. We would actively like to encourage candidates from Black, Asian and other underrepresented groups to apply.

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

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

Closing date: 9am, Monday 30th November 2020

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

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Welcome from Ancha Joof, President

Dear Candidate,

University of West London Students’ Union is a student-led organisation, and we exist to support all our students and members at the University of West London to not only succeed in their studies but to also transform their lives for the better.

Every year, we have improved our NSS score and we are currently the number one Students’ Union in the country (excluding specialised institutions). We are fundamental to student’s life at UWL. We represent our membership in all aspects of their life, as well as providing opportunities to enrich their time at the University and beyond.

UWLSU is diverse, socially inclusive, and transformative. We work in close partnership with the University in a vast number of projects to ensure that our current and future students have the best educational experience possible.

We are committed to delivering excellence in everything that we do, and a large range of services and activities to provide support and develop our members – from our award winning advice service, through to vibrant and inclusive sports teams and societies.

We are based at all three of our campuses including our Ealing, St Mary’s Campus, Brentford, Paragon campus as we all as our campus in Reading, Berkshire.

UWLSU is an amazing place to support, volunteer and work with an inspiring and energising ethos. We are an organisation that not only supports all our students, but we also have a Gold Investor’s in People and consistently support our staff and student leaders to deliver an exceptional experience for our members.

We are looking for a Trustee that shares our inclusive drive and dedication for transforming students’ lives for the better. If this is you, I look forward to hearing from you.

Ancha Joof
President of the university of west London student’s union.

How we work

Our Board of Trustees consists of three elected student officers who work full-time representing students. There are currently two Student Trustees to ensure we are student-led and up to four Lay Trustees to provide professional input and guidance. These are held on the University campuses in west London, although taking place remotely at present. We have an annual away day to refocus on strategy and development alongside networking with fellow board members. Papers and reports for meetings are shared in advanced, and we expect all Trustees to take the time to review and understand them. In addition to this, Trustees are invited to key events to meet students and understand how the organisation operates and take part in discussions or trustee business electronically outside of meetings.

You’ll work closely with the Chief Executive, Chair and Deputy Chair of the Board in encouraging and contributing to discussions within meetings. You’ll also work to ensure our Student Trustees and elected student officers can engage in discussion and decision making.

The role of a Trustee

Collectively, our Trustees are responsible for ensuring that the organisation is carrying out its charitable purposes, that we are complying with our governing documents and the law, and acting in the best interests of the organisation.

Trustees must manage the organisation’s resources responsibly, acting with reasonable care and skill. Ultimately ensuring the organisation is accountable to its members.

What does a Trustee do?

The Charity commission define the role of Trustee as having six main areas of responsibility:

  • Ensuring your charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit
  • Complying with your charity’s governing document and the law
  • Acting in your charity’s best interests
  • Managing your charity’s resources responsibly
  • Acting with reasonable care and skill
  • Ensuring your charity is accountable

You can read the Charity Commission’s guidance  here:


Practically speaking, as a Trustee you’ll be ensuring that we’re operating in a way that meets the need of our membership, in a legal way and ensuring that we’re getting the best results possible from the resources available.

Your contributions as a Trustee will give us advice, insight, support and constructive challenge for more robust decision making.

As a financial / commercially minded Lay Trustee, your contributions to taking and managing risks, building appropriate budgets and developing new business plans are all likely to provide immense value.

Diversity and inclusion

We welcome applications from people regardless of their religion, age, or gender, and we are seeking to build a board and organisation that represents the community we serve.

As such, we especially encourage applications from underrepresented backgrounds including, but not limited to, individuals who are disabled, identify as LGBTQ+ or from black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds.

Reward and development

This role is voluntary; however, we will provide the support you need to be an effective Trustee, including induction and opportunities to attend external training as well as reimbursing all reasonable out of pocket expenses.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop your skills and experience, as well as knowing you are helping our work to improve the experience of the students in the University of West London.

About The University of West London Students’ Union

We’re here to help students build the UWL community into something extraordinary that allows our members to leave with something more than just a degree.

University of West London Students’ Union is led and directed by its 10,000+ student members. All University of West London students automatically become members of the Union when they enrol for their degree.

The Union works constantly to take students’ views to where they count by providing opportunities for students to debate, give ideas and enact change.

Our strategy:

You can also read our full strategy here: UWLSU strategy

We organise a range of activities for students including important events such as our Black Excellence Month

We host a range of societies, sports clubs and operate a fitness centre which you can read about here: Opportunities

We operate a advice centre which provides quality advice for students which you can learn more about here: Support

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

    Bill Yuksel | 07801 897063 | 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, UWLSU” 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 Oliver Gardner on oliver@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07807 014772 or Kerry-Ann Charles on kerryann@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07399 398905.

    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 30th November 2020
    Shortlisting: Thursday 3rd or Friday 4th December
    Interviews: w/c Monday 14th December

    Equal Opportunities Monitoring

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