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We seek passionate individuals with experience of income generation, commercialism, environmental sustainability, or DEI to join our Board during an exciting period of strategic prioritisation and future planning.

  • Location: Bournemouth
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Friday 5th July

Who we are.

The Students’ Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU) is an independent charity representing around 19,000 Bournemouth University students.

Our mission is to make the student experience as great as possible for every student. Every decision we make is guided by what students need from their university experience and the Students’ Union. We work in partnership with Bournemouth University to secure the highest quality learning experience, offer developmental opportunities for students to enhance their careers, and provide funding and venues for students to gather, make friends, and enrich themselves through clubs and societies.

A democratic organisation, we are led by 4 Sabbatical officers – students who run in an election to advocate for their peers; campaign on important issues such as the rise in cost of living, support for students on placement, and mental health; and sit on the Board of Trustees. Given the after-effects of the pandemic and the rise in the cost of living our support and campaigning are needed more than ever.

Our Officers are supported by a talented team of staff and volunteers and a passionate effective Board. The Board is made up of elected students who provide unique insight into the student experience, and external trustees who bring different professional skill sets and specialisms. Their task is to oversee the strategic direction of our Charity and multi-million-pound commercial portfolio.

About the role.

It is an exciting time to join the Board as the Union reaches a critical juncture. Following a period of internal change and review of policies, governance, and staff structure we are looking forward.

We are hiring a new CEO as the University welcomes new senior leadership and we are coming to the end of our ambitious 2021-2024 strategic plan. This means the Board will support our executive in building new positive stakeholder relationships, and has the scope to prioritise, review, and plan for the future.

Who we are looking for.

To complement the Board’s existing skills, we are looking for Trustees with experience in income generation, commerciality, DEI (diversity, equality, and inclusion), and environmental sustainability.

The time commitment is 6 – 7 engagements a year. This consists of 4 Board meetings a year, each lasting 2 hours, and attendance of one sub-committee.

We would like to encourage anyone who feels that they could bring something to our Board to apply and welcome first-time Trustees too. Every year we train and develop our Officers and approach the Board with the same ethos, providing training and guidance to help all Trustees succeed.

We are especially welcoming applications from candidates from Black, Asian, and other ethnic communities currently underrepresented in positions of leadership.

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

Jonah Graham jonah@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07538 756654

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Jonah Graham

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Welcome from the SUBU President

Dear Candidate,

I am delighted that you are interested in joining the Students’ Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU) as a Trustee.

SUBU is a vibrant independent charity, driven by a shared passion to enhance student life at Bournemouth University, create a feeling of belonging and vibrancy in our campuses and leave a unique long-lasting mark on each student’s journey.

Our vision is to build the best university experience for our students, their community, and their future. We are transforming the student experience by actively supporting, representing, and empowering our students to reach their full potential and make their dreams a reality.

We do this by providing wide-ranging opportunities for students, enriching their academic experience and helping them navigate a complicated world of emerging technology and innovation while offering extracurricular opportunities and experiences that promote health, professional aspiration, and academic success. Opportunities include over 80 active clubs and societies, a vibrant Volunteering Hub, accredited advice service, liberation and community networks, Union Elections as well as paid work opportunities across our commercial venues and communication campaigns.

SUBU offers a space where student members can share their aspirations and interests, find a supportive network, develop their skills and prepare for the world of work while shaping the Union and supporting their own future development. Our commercial venues, including the Student Shop, Dylan’s Kitchen & Bar, the Student Centre Café and The Old Fire Station, provide students with unique, exciting and safe social spaces, ensuring student life at BU is truly unique and inclusive. The profit generated is reinvested in our wide range of support, events, campaigns and opportunities on offer at SUBU.

As a democratic organisation, we pride ourselves in representing over 19,000 students across our campuses and as a Trustee, you will be a part of a community that represents our students’ voices and campaign for the welfare of all our students. We also have an excellent relationship with Bournemouth University, working closely in partnership to improve the student experience.

We are an exciting dynamic organisation and continually develop our services to stay relevant and engaged with our students. Therefore, we want to recruit passionate individuals who are comfortable with a fast-paced and continuously changing environment. This is a platform to use your experience to support the growth, strategically guide and inspire the Union to further success.

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

Chike Dike
SUBU President

About Students’ Union at Bournemouth University

SUBU is an independent charity representing around 19,000 Bournemouth University students. We ensure students get the very best of their university experience.

All students who attend Bournemouth University are automatically part of the Students’ Union, and our vision is to have a positive impact on every single one of their journeys.

This doesn’t just mean providing support on matters regarding their course or acting as a place to come for help regarding money and housing (although that’s part of it); we offer a whole host of activities to optimise students’ time here.

SUBU helps students develop new skills, enhance their employability and – most importantly – have fun. Whether that’s through joining one of our clubs or societies, becoming a student rep and improving the quality of their course, hosting a radio show, writing for our student media, ‘Nerve’, or giving a helping hand with SUBU Volunteering. We coordinate and facilitate over 50 volunteering opportunities each term with over 80 groups open for students to join – there truly is something for everybody.

Our Mission

We will support, represent, and empower our students to make their vision a reality.

Our Vision

We will be an excellent Students’ Union that helps students to create the best University experience for students, their community, and their future.

Our Aims

  • Realise your potential – We will facilitate high-quality opportunities for students to develop and evidence transferable life skills that will empower students to succeed.
  • Belong to your community – We will provide students with a wide variety of visible and inclusive opportunities to support students in their studies, make friends, create lifelong networks, and have fun.

Our Values

  • Student-Focused – We will put students at the heart of everything we do.
  • Inclusive – We will promote collaboration, welcome diversity and advocate for equal opportunities.
  • Ambitious – We will always strive to deliver an exceptional student experience.
  • Fair – We will uphold our democratic principles and embody fairness, professionalism, respect and integrity.

Our Venues

We have a portfolio of strong commercial venues providing students with unforgettable experiences. The Old Fire Station is one of the best Student Union venues. Open since 1995, we offer students a great experience across 3 dance floors, 4 bars, a stage and 2 DJ booths.

Our Dylan’s Kitchen and Bar is open all week and provides hot food, alcohol, and an escape from campus life.  Whilst during term times, students can also come to our Ground Up Café in our student centre to relax, socialise and study.

Accessibility information

SUBU welcomes and encourages applications from all candidates. We have the following accessibility provisions:

  • Step-free access to the building.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Meeting rooms with hearing loops.

If there are any other provisions we can put in place, we will do our best to assist you.

Applicants with a disability 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 role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

For further information or to organise a conversation, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Jonah Graham jonah@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07538 756654

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Friday 5th July 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Monday 8th July 2024
    Interviews: Friday 12th July 2024

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