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Union of Students

We are seeking collaborative people who are excited about helping the Union of Students at the University of Derby grow, develop and improve. We are looking for two Trustees, including someone with HR expertise. If you have a connection to the University or local community then we would love to hear from you.

  • Location: Derby
  • Salary: Unremunerated

About the role

The Union of Students is a £3m income values driven charity. We exist to meet the needs of our members, the 20,000 students at the University of Derby and associated colleges. We do this by upholding the following principles and values: Vibrant, Ambitious, Supportive, Inclusive and Open, and by delivering a range of quality services to support our students. The Union operates with a student-led governance structure, which provides opportunities for students to lead the organisation in making the student experience better for all.

The Union enjoys a positive relationship with the University of Derby and Elected Officers have seats at nearly all University Committees. The University takes seriously the notion that the Union is the voice of students at Derby. Moreover, the University provides the Union with a grant to fund the ongoing development of effective representative structures, volunteering, society activities, sporting provision, advice and support for its members. In addition, the Union generates its own income through the operation of a series of retail units, a coffee shop and a bar and entertainment venue.

We have a living strategy that we adapt as we grow and have recently extended to 2022. We are in a stable position and can take risks.  We are ambitious and like to trial new ideas to develop new services as well as improve existing ones.

Who we're looking for

Over the next couple of years, it is likely that our board will be reviewing our estate and considering improvements to contribute more on supporting the positive mental health of students. We also want to be more active in supporting students in their learning.

We are seeking collaborative people who can provide constructive challenge and who are excited about helping us grow, develop and improve. HR expertise will be valuable in one of our Trustee roles and we are open-minded about the other. It’s desirable to appoint people who feel a connection to the university or local community.

If you are interested in learning more about us, our context and what we are looking for, please contact our recruitment consultant at Peridot Partners:

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

Closing date: 9am, Monday 27th January 2020

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

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Dear Candidate,

We are delighted that you are interested in joining the Union of Students as a Trustee.

The Union of Students is a vibrant organisation. Our vision is to transform the student experience by actively empowering our student community to reach their potential. We do this by providing opportunities for students to engage in activities will shape the Union and support their own future development.

As a democratic organisation, we pride ourselves in representing over 20,000 students over nine sites across Derbyshire and globally through online connections. As a Trustee, you will be a part of a community that represents our students’ voice and campaigns for the welfare of all our students.

We provide a wide range of opportunities, ranging from high performance sports clubs, to advice services and Union Elections. These sit alongside all the other transformative opportunities we have on offer. We also have an excellent relationship with the University of Derby, working closely in partnership to improve the student experience.

We are a growing and dynamic organisation and continually developing our services to stay relevant and engaged with our students. Therefore, we want to recruit passionate individuals who are comfortable with a dynamic, 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 the Union of Students, please read the information provided or contact Peridot Partners if you have any further questions.

Daniella Quill
Union of Students, President

Chris Hughes
Chair of Trustees

Daniella Quill

Chris Hughes


If you could distil the Union down to its core you’d find change. We manifest the student community at the University of Derby, giving students a collective voice that can be used to change all sorts of things that affect them during their time at university.

Issues with courses can be changed through our Academic Representation scheme and other changes, big and small – from how much money is invested into sports teams down to to what food is on offer in the bar, can happen through the ideas forum.

Even changes to how we effect change can be made through our governance structures. These are all written by students and set out the rules on how everything at the Union is done.

Change is at the heart of everything we do, and students are at the heart of every change we make.


The Union of Students’ Advice team provides a free, confidential advice and support service for all University of Derby students. Independent to the University, our advice is completely impartial for any student seeking advice, support and information on a range of issues and concerns.

Our main areas of advice include; academic issues including offences, appeals and issues affecting personal studies; student conduct, complaints and disciplinaries.


We currently operate 150 sport clubs and societies covering everything from football to course-related societies and everything in between. We do this as we want to foster a strong sense of togetherness and belonging in learning communities and beyond and we aim to do this by creating opportunities for students to come together in a myriad of ways; sports, societies, events or representative groups.

We now have 2,500 students engaged in our societies and clubs.


Through the Union’s governance structure, we are truly led by students and want to make sure all voices are heard. We believe that everyone should be able to contribute meaningfully to their learning environment and be represented effectively.

Our full time Officer Trustees are the top of the structure. Sitting just below the full-time officers, and aligned to each College, student interest, and liberation area are the 30 Part Time Officers. Representing the voice of students across all academic programmes are our 766 Programme Reps.


Commercial services play an integral role in delivering a fantastic student experience for our students and through this work generate vital income which we invest to fund and resource activities across the Union. For this reason, we recognise our commercial trading services are a key enabler, which we need to develop in order to achieve our wider strategic ambitions.

We currently operate our own chain of coffee shops, blends, academy and a bar.

To access a full job description and application details,
please fill out the form below.


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 “Trustees, Union of Students, University of Derby” 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 27th January 2020
Shortlist review: w/c Monday 3rd February 2020
One stage interview: w/c Monday 10th February 2020

Equal Opportunities Monitoring

Peridot and Union of Students, University of Derby 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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