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Trustee | London Metropolitan University Students’ Union

This is an exciting time to join our board as we enhance our services, innovate and build a Students' Union that can give even more students transformative educational experiences.

  • Location: Circa 7/10 engagements a year, with good notice of meetings.
  • Salary: Voluntary (reasonable expenses covered)

About the role

London Metropolitan Students’ Union is a £750K turnover independent charity that works to support and empower students. London Met has good claim to be one of the most diverse, socially inclusive and transformative universities in the UK. We work in close partnership with the University to ensure that our current and future students have the best educational experience that equips them for their future lives.

We have a wide range of services and activities that we provide to support and develop our members, from our independent advice and advocacy service, through to our vibrant sports teams and student societies.

We are committed to innovating and delivering excellence in everything that we do. With this in mind, we have recently made significant changes to our operating model, taken greater control of our staffing practice and built a more sustainable financial platform to operate from. We have a new CEO who has recently joined us and have set an ambitious plan for the next three years.

Who we're looking for

This is an exciting time to join our board as we will now be seeking to enhance our services, innovate and build an SU that can give even more students transformative educational experiences.

To achieve the ambitions that we have set, we will likely need to grow our income and build some income-generating services. We have recently completed a TUPE process to bring all staffing contracts in house and, with growth on the horizon, it is likely we will grow our team further and need to enhance our people strategy and HR policy. We would therefore strongly encourage applicants with expertise of running commercial spaces, income generation or HR expertise.

We are proud that our board is as diverse as our membership and we welcome candidates from all underrepresented backgrounds to consider this opportunity.

Candidates are invited to arrange an informal conversation with our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

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

Closing date: 9am, Monday 12th October 2020

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

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Welcome from Chrystalle Margallo & Simon To

London Metropolitan University Students’ Union is a student-led organisation that supports our members, students at London Met, to succeed in their studies and transform their lives for the better.

We are central to student life at London Met. We represent our membership in all aspects of their lives and provide opportunities to enrich their time here and beyond.

London Met has good claim to be one of the most diverse, socially inclusive and transformative universities in the UK. We work in close partnership with the University to ensure that our current and future students have the best educational experience that equips them for their future lives.

We are committed to delivering excellence in everything that we do, and we have a wide range of services and activities that we provide to support and develop our members – from our independent advice and advocacy service, through to our vibrant sports teams and student societies.

The Union is based at the University’s main campus on Holloway Road, and we have a suite of offices on the Aldgate campus which provide support and facilities to our members pursuing their passions in the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (The Cass).

MetSU is a brilliant place to support, volunteer and work at with an inspiring and energising ethos. We are an organisation that supports our staff and student leaders to deliver an exceptional experience for our members.

We are looking for a Trustee that shares our drive and dedication for transforming students’ lives for the better. If this is you, we look forward to meeting you soon.

Chrystalle Margallo
President

Simon To
Chair, Board of Trustees

Chrystalle Margallo

Simon To

About London Metropolitan Students' Union

London Metropolitan University Students’ Union is vital to the student experience at London Met. It is the representative body for the 10,000 students who study at the University. As a registered charity, we exist to represent, campaign for and support students at the University.

Our Mission, Vision and Values

Our Mission

  • Supporting students at London Met to succeed in their studies and transform their lives for the better.

Our Vision

  • Our vision is a connected community in which all students, from any background, receive the highest quality educational experience possible.

Our Values

  • Student-led in everything we do Advocating for change on behalf of our members
  • Equitable in representing all our students
  • Striving for excellence in what we do
  • Trusting in our reciprocal relationships with the University, partners, beneficiaries and customers

Our Charitable Purpose

The charitable objects of the Union are the advancement of education for students at

London Metropolitan University for the public benefit by:

  • Promoting the educational interests and welfare of Students at London Metropolitan University during their course of study and representing, supporting and advising Students
  • Being the recognised representative channel between Students and London Metropolitan University and any other external bodies
  • Providing social, cultural, and recreational activities and forums for discussions and debate for the personal development of its students

The Union achieves these purposes by promoting students’ interests within the University and promoting agendas that aim to affect policy related to the student experience – by providing services to students and supporting activities including projects, sports and events – that engage students in the various strands of the Union’s work.

Elected Officers and Staff

Each year students elect four Student Officers from the membership. The Student Officers lead the representative work of the Union on behalf of members, the students. They take a year out of their studies to direct the priorities for students at London Met.

The staff team in the Union support the Student Officers and the Chief Executive to achieve our mission. Together, we provide a growing range of student services and activities as well as central operations, facilities and fundraising, all of which contributes to the long-term development of the Union and its role in the University and local community.

The Union campaigns and advocates on behalf of students on student priorities determined by our student leaders, which has ranged from securing a fair and accessible student finance package for our diverse student body, to addressing the structural barriers that lead to an awarding gap between different groups of students.

Governance

The Union is governed by its Board of Trustees which include student officers, students and external members to bring together a dynamic mix of skills, experience and perspectives. The Board oversees the financial health and legal responsibilities of the Union. The Board also supports and guides the Chief Executive to ensure they are accountable for the work they deliver with the staff team, ensuring it is for the benefit of our members.

The Student Council is the main representative body of the Union. It is made up of student leaders who represent different groups of students from across the University.

The Student Council is there to debate and determine issues that are of interest or concern to students. The Student Council directs the Student Officers and holds them to account on behalf of the student membership. It can raise issues of interest to and be consulted by the University. It can also make recommendations to the Board of Trustees.

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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 “Trustee, London Metropolitan Students’ Union” 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.

Timetable

Closing date: 9am, Monday 12th October 2020
Shortlisting: Thursday 15th October
Interviews: w/c Monday 19th October

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

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