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Trustee Arts Students’ Union

Arts SU is a place where everyone can grow. Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a role. But we’ll let you in on a secret: there’s no such thing as a ‘perfect’ candidate. At Arts SU we are committed to learning and development and as such will support the successful candidates to develop as effective Trustees.

  • Location: London, Holborn
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses covered

Approx. 11 part day engagements and 1 full day engagement per year. (Mix of in person and remote. Dates can be agreed 1 year in advance)

Arts SU is a £3.7m charity with a diverse income stream combining commercial operations, grants and fundraising. We exist to help students make friends, learn new skills, have fun and reach their full potential. We aim to help each student make the most of the life-changing experiences open to them as they study and develop their creative practice.

Every UAL student is automatically a member of one of the UK’s most innovative student unions.

We are about to set a new exciting strategy which will take us to 2026 and are seeking new Trustees to join us at this exciting time. Our Trustees will play an important role in helping us set our new plan and will help us ensure that we deliver it in a way that achieves its full potential.

Our Board would benefit from candidates with expertise in at least one of the following areas: Finance, experience operating in the arts, media and entertainment sectors, HR and EDI.

Some prior experience of operating in arts, education, charity or SUs would be helpful, but is not essential.

We are proud to have an equitable working environment. We have recently invested in anti-racism training for all staff and will be thinking about how we can make similar advancements in our ability to support disabled colleagues soon.

Arts SU is a place where everyone can grow. Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a role. But we’ll let you in on a secret: there’s no such thing as a ‘perfect’ candidate.

At Arts SU we are committed to learning and development and as such will support the successful candidates to develop as effective Trustees.

We are open to first time Trustees, and our advising consultants at Peridot will be happy to speak with you about how to approach your first Trustee role.

As a diversity conscious organisation, we are especially keen to encourage applications from women and black people who are underrepresented on charity Trustee Boards.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to contribute to a creative and dynamic charity which strives to enhance the student experience, raise the reputation of our students and graduates and empower them to achieve even greater success.

Closing Date: Monday 10th January 2022

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

Book a meeting with me | https://calendly.com/byuksel | 07801 897063 | bill@peridotpartners.co.uk

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On behalf of the officers, trustees and staff, thank you for your interest in the role of Trustee (Arts SU). This is a fantastic opportunity to work alongside some of the most talented students in the world, in the heart of the capital, amongst a motivated and energetic staff.

About Us

We are a membership organisation and registered charity that deliver high quality services, representation and support for 18,000 students across London at the University of the Arts London.

We exist to make the greatest possible impact on students’ lives and enable them to create positive change at their university, in the community and the wider world. Every year, our elected Student Officers, together with the Trustee Boards at the Union provides leadership and strategic direction for the work of over 30 permanent staff, 50 student staff and thousands of volunteers, delivering across 6 College sites across London.

Our membership is wonderfully varied in its range of study from artists, designers and performers as well as being hugely diverse with students from all over the world coming to study at UAL’s prestigious colleges. Students engage with us through our student clubs and societies, volunteering opportunities, exhibitions and artist workshops, academic representation, campaigning activity, and through our advice and support services.

The exciting challenge that lies ahead is to make our charity increasingly representative of our members by delivering more bespoke services and facilitating more and diverse students to engage in our decision making. We are focused on building communities and offering creative opportunities to build on the professional practice of our members.

Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a job. However, there’s no such thing as a ‘perfect’ candidate. Arts SU is a place where everyone can grow. We are committed to learning and development and work/life balance through professional qualifications, mentoring and flexible working patterns for the right candidate. We particularly welcome applications from the BAME, disabled, LGBT+ communities and are happy to discuss any requirements that you might have for the role or the application/interview process. So, however, you identify and whatever background you bring with you, please apply if this is a role that would make you excited to come into work every day.

Part business, part charity, part membership body – students’ unions are all seriously fun places to work. They are organisations in their own right. Professionally run, but different.

Professional teams support elected student leaders to make change, improve lives, and fulfil potential; we help make this happen. Our vision is to be a creative union for creative students.

Our mission is to create and maintain a community where students can build and enhance their time at UAL into a transformational experience. At the heart of everything we do are our values.

  • We are member-led. We exist for the benefit of our members and work in their interest. Our work must be led by our members. This means, we ensure that the diversity of student voices at the University of the Arts London are at the heart of our decision-making processes, campaigns, services and activities
  • We are daring. How we do things is just as important as what we do. University is a space for growth, for experimenting, for developing. As an organisation, we are committed to developing new ideas which push boundaries and are outside of the ‘normal’ ways of working.
  • We are collaborative. We are at our best when we work together. As an organisation, we are open to change and challenging our way of thinking. We are continually learning, talking and sharing information with our students and stakeholders to ensure that we are making the best decisions and offering the best services for our members.
  • We are supportive. We know that studying at University can be a tough time, but it can also be life-changing. As an organisation, we believe in the principles of social justice. This means that we are committed to students having equality of access and participation in our services.
  • We are also committed to the principles of equity, recognising our members need different levels of support and empowerment as they navigate their time at University.

Application Process

We believe passionately that our recruitment process should be fair, giving everyone the opportunity to present their best selves. To accomplish this, we make sure that our recruitment process includes blind shortlisting to ensure that we are recruiting on the basis of an individual’s application rather than other personal factors.

Interviews

We recognise that interviews can be daunting at the best of times. However, as our interview process are online at the moment, we know that this can be even more challenging. At Arts SU, we believe that people should come as they are, it does not matter what you wear, if a member of your family walks in the background or how clean your house is…we don’t mind.

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

If you are a people person who enjoys working in a busy and diverse environment, then this is the job for you! Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a job. But we’ll let you in on a secret: there’s no such thing as a ‘perfect’ candidate. Arts SU is a place where everyone can grow. So, however, you identify and whatever background you bring with you, please apply if this is a role that would make you excited to contribute to Arts SU.

At Arts SU we are committed to learning and development and as such will support the successful candidate to develop within the role.

As a diversity conscious organisation, we are keen to encourage applications from black applicants who are underrepresented at Trustee level across the third sector.

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

    Book a meeting with me | https://calendly.com/byuksel | 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 job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

    Timetable

    Closing date: Monday 10th January 2022

    Candidates informed of outcome: Wednesday 19th January 2022

    Interviews: Friday 28th January 2022

     

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