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Trustee | Nottingham Trent Students’ Union

Nottingham Trent Students’ Union (NTSU) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that aims to make students' time at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) the best it can be.

  • Location: Nottingham
  • Salary: Unrenumerated

About the role

Nottingham Trent Students’ Union is an independent registered charity and company limited by guarantee. It provides charitable, representation and commercial services to the 33,000 students at Nottingham Trent University on five sites across Nottinghamshire.

The diverse range of our services mean that we operate everything from high quality student advice services to 2,500 capacity nightclubs, often in the same building!

In a typical year NTSU has a turnover of £6.5m with £1.8m coming via grant income from the University and £4.7m from our commercial trading which allows us to provide great student experiences as well as reinvest surplus into charitable services.

NTSU has a staff team of approximately 55 permanent staff who are supplemented by up to 350 part-time student staff members.

We are consistently ranked in the top 10 of mainstream students’ unions in the UK by our members in the independently conducted National Student Survey.

We have recently developed our 2020-2025 strategic plan which will see us focus on being the best advocates for students we can be, encouraging healthy communities and celebrating the diversity of our membership.

We have three Lay Trustees who are appointed to work alongside our ten Student and Sabbatical Trustees. While all Trustees have equal status, we look to Lay Trustees to bring specific skills and experience to the Board to strengthen the Union’s governance.

Who we are looking for

While our Student and Sabbatical Trustees have regularly reflected the diversity of the Union’s membership, this has not been the case with our Lay Trustees. Inclusion is one of our core values and we would be keen to enhance the diversity of our Board and welcome applications from candidates who define as being from an ethnic minority and/or women.

Regardless of your background, we expect that you are able to role model inclusive leadership behaviours and practice and be committed to working alongside students in a democratic environment.

The Union would be particularly keen to hear from people with an expertise in equality, diversity and inclusion, HR, demonstrating organisational impact or knowledge of the higher education sector.

We are open to first-time Trustees and provide high-quality training and inductions to all Board members.

If you would like to discuss this role further, you can schedule a call with our advising consultant at Peridot partners via: 07801 897063 or 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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Welcome from Conor Naughton, President

Hello! Welcome to Nottingham Trent Students’ Union,

On behalf of the board of trustees as chair thank you for your interest in becoming an external trustee of NTSU. As one of the largest Students’ Union’s in the UK we endeavour every day to empower students to make their time at NTU the best academic and personal experience for themselves and others.

The 2020/21 Academic year has been a difficult one for our organisation like most businesses and charities. It is fair to say the students we represent, our services and our staff have felt the heavy impact of the pandemic. Despite these challenges we have been driven by a five-year strategy which has stood up to the test of global upheaval to allow us to continue following our driving values which guide us:

  • Student-led
  • Inclusive
  • Supportive
  • Forward thinking
  • Ambitious

Our students have faced academic challenges, financial difficulties, accommodation issues, disproportionate blame from local and national government and of course significant mental health problems due to the pandemic. On all these issues and more we have advocated for the best educational and social experience for our members, encouraged healthy communities and represented and celebrated our diverse membership.

We are looking for a trustee who is able to continue to help us successfully implement our strategy and build diverse communities of fulfilled students motivated to create positive change both within NTSU and NTU and wider society.

The board of trustees oversee and lead our executive team and staff members to deliver the services and activities that transform, support and inspire our members to have the best academic and personal experience for themselves and others while at University.

Thank you,

Conor Naughton

NTSU President

About NTSU

Nottingham Trent Students’ Union (NTSU) is an independent, not for profit organisation that aims to make students time at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) the best it can be.

We offer a variety of opportunities to enhance the university experience, from socialising and personal development to representation and advice.

We have put together a range short videos about NTSU, which will give you a rich flavour of who we are and the impact we have. You can view those here:


Your Say

As a democratic organisation, NTSU is run by our members, the students of Nottingham Trent University. They have the power to make changes to their University experience through a variety of democratic processes. Electing Exec officers in our annual elections and submitting Big Ideas for improvements they would like to see at the University or Students’ Union are just a couple of them.

Your Campus

The Students’ Union has a building on all three campuses which are designed to be a home away from home. Wi-Fi enabled bars, diners and coffee shops, a 30ft climbing wall and a 2000-capacity entertainment venue are just some of what you’ll find inside.  The money spent in our trading outlets is used to fund the other services we provide our members.

Your Events

With a calendar of social events running on all campuses every week during term, our entertainments team are devoted to bringing the best events and entertainment so that, no matter our members taste or campus of study, they can experience student life at NTU to the full. See what’s coming up on our current events page.

Your Opportunities

As well as our events, we offer a wide range of opportunities for all students to get involved in alongside their studies. Our societies and communities are a chance to meet new people, develop new skills and try new things – we have over 130 of them ranging from knitting to gaming. We also have a volunteering programme for those interested in helping others and developing skills to boost CVs. You can find out more about all of our opportunities here.

Your Support

Student wellbeing is one of our top priorities, which is why we have our own Information and Advice Service that provides free, independent and confidential advice to all students at Nottingham Trent University. Whether its guidance on money management, mental health, housing or studies, they’re here to help.

Your Sport

We work alongside NTU to give all students at Trent access to inclusive sporting opportunities during their time at uni. Students can compete as part of a team by joining one of more than 50 sports clubs or play for fun.

As we are a not for profit organisation, the money spent in our shops, venues and events is reinvested to fund services, opportunities and representation activity for our members. Services like our venues on campus, our societies, communities, Academic Reps, Give It A Go programme, personal development opportunities, wellbeing support, event production, and our award-winning Information & Advice Service.

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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 “Trustee, NTSU” 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: Monday 7th June 2021

    Equal Opportunities Monitoring

    Peridot and NTSU 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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