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Lay Trustees | University of Northampton Students’ Union

We are looking for Lay Trustees that are willing to engage, learn and contribute to Board discussions as well as be a sounding board to our CEO, staff and Sabbatical Officers. We are open to young Trustees, first-time Trustees and anyone else that might not typically consider themselves for board opportunities.

  • Location: Northampton
  • Salary: Unremunerated. 8-10 engagements per year, remote with one in-person away day (Covid-19 permitting).

About the role

We are proud to be the representative body of the 11,000 students at the University of Northampton, which is one of the youngest universities in the UK.

At Northampton, we do things differently. Our university partner wants to break the mould of what Higher Education can be, a goal we share, and with that in mind, we want to reconsider how we support our members.

In recent years, we have received significant support and funding to create a state-of-the-art building and develop a range of fantastic commercial venues. Undergoing such a significant transformation has presented challenges, some of which have been exacerbated by COVID-19.

We are finalising our 2024 strategic plan which will see us undertake a governance review, implement any recommendations, establish our critical success factors for performance as well as benchmark against Quality Students’ Unions and the UN goals on Sustainability.

We have set these priorities to underpin who we are, what we do, and how we respond to our ever-changing world. If successful, this approach will future-proof our Union with solid foundations, setting student-led annual priorities and seeking joint Union-University projects.

We will be asking ourselves challenging questions in the coming years. You will have the opportunity to help us find answers, deliver our next strategy and help enable us to overcome the challenges ahead. Ultimately, you will help us to develop our services to better engage with a student population that would benefit immensely from a successful Students’ Union!

Who we're looking for

We want people that are willing to engage, learn and contribute to Board discussions as well as be a sounding board to our CEO, staff and Sabbatical Officers. We are open to young Trustees, first-time Trustees and anyone else that might not typically consider themselves for board opportunities. Your experience of leading change would be advantageous.

We are proud to be an inclusive charity. We are committed to supporting everyone within our hyper-diverse student membership. You must be committed to reducing inequality, increasing inclusion and removing the systemic barriers that face underrepresented and marginalised groups.

If this opportunity inspires you, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Bill Yuksel | 07801 897063 | bill@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: 9am, Monday 1st March 2021

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

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About the University of Northampton Students' Union

We are a registered charity, completely independent from the University. Led by students, backed by volunteers and staff, we seek to ensure that our members’ university experience is the best it can possibly be – that it is rewarding, fulfilling and memorable. All students automatically become members of the Students’ Union as soon as they enrol and it’s absolutely free!

As a member, students are entitled to all of our services and opportunities, including sports, societies, volunteering, advice and representation, our retail outlets and our nightclub.

We also provide academic representation. Through our four democratically-elected Sabbatical Officers and hundreds of Student Representatives, we offer support when you need your voice to be heard, have queries about your course or just feel a bit homesick. The Students’ Union is always here for you.

The new Waterside Campus boasts our grade II-listed venue, the Engine Shed.

Over on Avenue Campus, you’ll find a fun and vibrant Students’ Union that hosts our Art Shop, bar, café and evening entertainment. For those in halls on the old Park Campus, we have our UniExpress store, which provides affordable products at your convenience.

Our mission

To establish ourselves as the lynch pin of the University of Northampton’s student experience. An independent, courageous and ambitious Union bringing together academic life and student led activity in order to open up a future of possibility and opportunity.

University of Northampton Students’ Union: we are your student experience.

We know your student experience is unique to you. We’ll provide a platform and create opportunities so you can get the most out of us to get the best out of you. We will:

Look after you

We’ll ensure you’re happy in your academic and non-academic experiences at University… and when you’re not? We’ll help you find a solution to the problem.

Develop you

We’ll ensure your time with us pushes you further along your personal journey and onto your next step, whatever (and wherever) that may be.

Champion you

If there’s something you want to say, we’ve got your back and we’ll support you to say it in the most effective way.

You can find out more about how we seek to address this mission, while adhering to our values, by reading our draft strategy.

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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 – University of Northampton Students’ Union” 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 1st March 2021
    Shortlisting: Friday 5th March 2021
    Interviews: w/c Monday 15th March 2021

    Equal Opportunities Monitoring

    Peridot and the University of Northampton Students’ 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.

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