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External Trustees – Chester Students’ Union

Chester Students' Union

This is a wonderful time to join our Trustee board. You will have the opportunity to help shape our next strategy, provide strategic support to our leadership and enable us to be even better in the future. Help us innovate, change and grow so that we can become the best we can be.

  • Location: Chester
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses covered

About the role

Chester Students Union (CSU) is a c.£500K charity that exists to support the 19,000 students at the University of Chester. We support students by delivering a comprehensive range of services to empower students and enable them to have the best possible experience during their time at university.

We are coming to the end of a major change programme which has seen us transform our union hub, refocus our activities, empower our staff and rebuild our relationship with the University of Chester. We are also in the process of recruiting a new Chief Executive. We have an excellent team of elected officers, volunteers and staff who work tirelessly for students, and this effort is reflected in our students voting for us as one of the best student unions in the UK, awarding us a Top 10 spot in the WhatUni Choice Awards 2019. A remarkable achievement given the scale of change recently.

Who we're looking for

This is a wonderful time to join our Trustee board. You will have the opportunity to help shape our next strategy, provide strategic support to our leadership and enable us to be even better in the future.

We are open minded about your background, although not-for-profit, HR and/or financial experience would be ideal. More importantly, we expect that you will be excited about working with fellow Trustees, which includes student trustees and sabbatical trustees, often in their first positions of leadership.

For a confidential conversation about the role, please contact our recruitment consultant at Peridot Partners:

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

Closing date: 9am, Monday 25th November 2019

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

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Dear Candidate,

I am thrilled that you have an interest in becoming a Trustee at Chester Students’ Union.

CSU is a vibrant organisation with students at the forefront of everything we do. We pride ourselves in being inclusive and diverse, with democracy and representation at the centre of the organisation.

We promote the voice of over 19,000 students, across nine campuses. As a Trustee, you will be a part of a community that represents and campaigns for the rights and welfare of all University of Chester Students.

Our aim is to create positive change to enhance the student experience, for past, present and future members. We are proud of the services we provide, from our Advice Service to our student Societies.

We are a continually developing charitable organisation that hosts a range of opportunities, activities and events to allow our students to thrive. We are excited to recruit passionate individuals, who can lead CSU to be the best it can be. CSU is a fast paced and stimulating environment giving you a chance to interact and support fellow trustees, staff and students. You will have the chance to inspire and guide CSU, whilst we work towards a brighter future for students.

If you are interested in becoming a Trustee at Chester Students Union, please read the information provided or contact Peridot Partners if you have any further questions.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Eleanor Lewis
CSU President

Chester Students' Union is a charitable organisation that exists to represent the voices of the 19,000 students who study at the University of Chester

We deliver a comprehensive range of services to support and empower students to have the best possible experiences during their time at Chester.

We have recently delivered big changes to the Union, including a newly refurbished student union hub with more spaces and facilities than ever before. We have also delivered several internal changes including restructuring our staff team to build a Senior Leadership Team and empowering those individuals to take a greater level of ownership for the services they lead on.

Our elected officers, volunteers and staff work tirelessly for students, and this effort is reflected in our students voting for us as one the best SUs in the UK, awarding us a Top Ten spot in the WhatUni Choice Awards 2019.

A remarkable achievement given the scale of change we have been delivering.

Our Services:

Representation

CSU is run by students, for students. As an organisation, we work to represent students academically and to enhance their overall student experience. We want to make it as easy as we can for students to get involved and make their voices heard!

Some of our engagement methods include:

Union on tour – representing students across nine campuses isn’t easy. But, we have people based on three campuses including our main hub at Chester Parkgate, as well as Shrewsbury and Warrington. We also go out and take the SU to students on other campuses on a regular basis.

Big ideas – students can submit and vote on ideas via our website.

Campaigns – we deliver a range of campaigns every year, informed by our students, which students can take part in.

Advice

We provide a confidential advice service, run by professional, qualified members of staff who can offer guidance on several core topics. Our Advice Centre is free, confidential, independent and non-judgemental. We offer advice on: accommodation, education, keeping safe, health and wellbeing. We also provide support for students applying for financial assistance funds.

Activities

CSU has 70+ societies for students to get involved in during their time at university; providing students with opportunities to build inclusive communities across our campuses. Our societies cover everything from hobbies, academic interests and liberation groups.

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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 “External Trustees, Chester 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.

Timetable

Closing date: 9am, Monday 25th November 2019
Interviews: w/c Monday 2nd December 2019

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

Peridot and Chester 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.

The information will be treated confidentially and anonymously and will help us to support our commitment to fair recruitment practice. All information provided will be held in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with anyone, in line with the new Data Protection Act 2018 launched on 25 May 2018. The information provided does not form part of the decision-making process and will not affect your application.

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