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Two Trustees & Expert Committee Member (Finance & Risk) | Lancaster University Students’ Union

Help support transformational experiences for students at Lancaster University. This is an incredible opportunity to support an organisation through a period of change and help create the desired culture.

  • Location: Lancaster
  • Salary: Voluntary (reasonable expenses covered)

About the role

Lancaster University Students’ Union is committed to ensuring students have a fulfilling time at university. We work towards that goal by getting involved in every aspect of the life of the university, providing a wide range of services designed to make time at the University as fun, fulfilling and fantastic as it can be. We also provide support services, so that if students are experiencing challenges, they can get the support they need.

We are beginning a change programme with the goal of updating our governance and democracy structures. This will ensure that we have the right systems, structures, policies and procedures to be as effective as possible and deliver the results our students deserve. During this change programme, we will appoint new Board Members and a new Chief Executive who will work together to set a new ambitious strategy.

We have seen a recent upturn in our commercial performance, but long-term financial sustainability and diversification of income streams will be critical to our future success. It’s important for us to build a collaborative culture where we empower students, staff and volunteers to work collectively as a positive force for change and achieve even more for students. You’ll help to drive the empowerment of others.

Who we're looking for

This is an incredible opportunity to support an organisation through a period of change, and help us create the culture we want. In our quest for financial sustainability we would benefit from candidates with expertise in finance, business and human resources to complement our existing expertise.

We value the commitment of our volunteers and where possible will set meeting dates as far as 18 months in advance.

We are very proud of the diversity of our students and strive to be inclusive, diverse and brave in our actions and activities. We have a good mixture of age and gender diversity on our board, but we are currently underrepresented with people from BAME communities. We welcome applications from any candidate who shares our values and commitment to inclusivity and would like to encourage candidates from BAME communities to strongly consider this opportunity.

If you are inspired by the job, we highly recommend you contact Peridot for an informal discussion and background on the role:

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

Closing date: Monday 18th May 2020

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

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Introduction from the Chair of the Trustee Board

Dear Candidate,

Lancaster University Students’ Union plays a fundamental role in shaping the student experience at Lancaster University, providing key services, events and activities and shaping the future of the institution by ensuring student voices are heard in decision-making at all levels.

The Trustee Board is vital to steering the strategic direction of the Union, and we are currently looking for new board members with the experience and insight to help drive further improvements in the service that we offer to Lancaster’s student population.

Key union activity that matters to our members includes:

  • Provision of an independent Advice service supporting members with all aspects of student life
  • Lobbying and partnering with the university to improve student life and make an impact on the wider community in a wide range of causes, including sustainability and inclusivity
  • Facilitation of more than 250 student clubs and societies covering sports, hobbies, causes, faiths, cultures, academic disciplines and career interests
  • Provision of hundreds of volunteering opportunities, working on projects covering a broad scope including health, education, sustainability, community development and more
  • Organisation of the annual Roses sports tournament with the University of York, one of the biggest events of its kind, involving 50 sports and 1,000+ athletes
  • Development of student leaders via our representative democracy structures from college level to institution-wide
  • Organisation (in partnership with elected college officers) of Lancaster’s renowned ‘Extrav’ end of year parties
  • Provision of a vibrant social scene via organisation of key events such as Freshers Fairs, the Firework Spectacular, Black History Month, LGBT History Month, Student Volunteering Week and more, plus operation of the award-winning Sugarhouse nightclub in Lancaster city centre.

It’s an exciting time to be part of the Lancaster University community. The University has consolidated its top-10 place in several key league tables and is working to develop its strategy beyond 2020. The campus is expanding to reflect growing student numbers, with a new Health Innovation Campus soon to open alongside a redeveloped Management School. The University is closely involved with plans to open a new Eden Project in Morecambe, a project that promises to transform the local area and put the Lancaster region on the map like never before.

If you’re as excited as we are about the future of our Union and the wider university community, we’d love to hear from you.

Victoria Hatch
VP Activities / Interim President

Our Vision:

Our vision is for Lancaster University to be a place where all our students can feel a sense of belonging and know that their students’ union is a positive force for change driven by their collective interests and welfare.

Looking towards 2021, we’re developing a programme of activity designed to help overcome the challenges and barriers they face to feeling part of the students’ union and the wider university community.

Our ultimate aim is for the union to have a positive impact on a broader and more diverse mix of Lancaster students.

With the future uncertain for a number of reasons, we’ve designed these plans to be flexible and agile enough to allow us to adapt to opportunities and challenges that may arise.

Everything we do aims to have students at its heart and is driven by six outcomes you’ve told us are important to you during your time at Lancaster. They are:

  • I feel I belong
  • I am actively involved in university life in Lancaster
  • Nothing holds me back from succeeding at university
  • I know I can go to our union for help and support
  • I feel I can make my voice heard through our SU and we’re a collective force for positive change
  • My uni experience is preparing me for my future

Our Values:

Our values underpin everything we do and everything we believe in as a students’ union. They guide not only what we do, but how we do it.

Thousands of volunteers, hundreds of officers & representatives, and our staff power what we do and this is knitted together by a common sense of purpose and a culture which supports both understanding and success.

Our core values are:

  • Students at the heart of everything we do
  • Independence
  • Respect
  • Fun
  • Openness
  • Courage
  • Celebration

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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, Lancaster University SU” OR “Expert Committee Member, Lancaster University SU” 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: Monday 18th May 2020
Monday 1st, Wednesday 3rd & Friday 5th June 2020

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

Peridot and Lancaster University 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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