Student Trustee

Role Student Trustee

This is a voluntary role which requires a commitment of approx. 20-30 hours per year. The expected commitment required from Trustees is preparation for and attendance at the five meetings of the Trustee Board which last for approximately 2 hours. There will also be a full training day provided in September that all trustees will be required to attend.

Closing date 15/06/2022


As a student trustee, you and the trustee board will have the ultimate responsibility for ensuring the union is well run, that we have a clear purpose and a strategy which we are fulfilling effectively in line with the rules in our governing document. You and the other trustees will also be responsible for the legal and financial health of the union and setting our long-term direction. You will work alongside the five full time officers and four external trustees to provide strategic oversight of the Students’ Union and help ensure we are meeting our vision to: “Confront and overcome the barriers to learning to ensure that all Salford students are unstoppable”. 
To apply for this role, you must be a student at Salford University in the 2022/2022 academic year (Graduate in or after summer 2023). You will be provided training as part of trustee induction in September 2022.  

Main Activities and Responsibilities



  • Ensuring that the Union has a clear vision, mission and strategic direction and is focused on achieving these.  
  • Being responsible for the performance of the Union and for its behaviour. 
  • Acting as guardians of the Union’s assets, both tangible and intangible, taking due care over their security, deployment and proper application. 
  • To act with integrity and avoid personal conflict of interest or misuse of charity funds or assets. 
  • Promoting the active involvement of members. 


  • To support and encourage those members of the Union who want to develop new activities, particularly in areas and interests prioritised by the Union’s Strategic plan. 


  • Develop and maintain relationships with colleagues throughout the Union and University. 


  • To ensure that the Union complies with Charity Law and ensure that the Union prepares reports on what it has achieved and completes and returns its annual accounts 
  • To ensure that the Union does not breach any requirements of rules set out in its governing documents and that it remains true to its charitable purposes and objects. 
  • Ensuring that the Union’s governance is of the highest possible standard. 
  • Ensuring that the Union complies with all legal and regulatory requirements. 

Further information on the legal elements of being a trustee of a charity can be found on the Charity Commission website here: 
Ensure compliance with the Union’s policies, University policies and all relevant legislation – including Health and Safety, 1992 Education Act and Data Protection. 


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  • Here at USSU, we are more interested in your potential than your background and experience. If you don't have lots of professional experience, please feel free to use examples from outside of work to demonstrate what you could bring to the role and our team.

  • We will contact you to let you know the outcome of your application. This can sometimes take a few weeks.

  • You must be able to provide proof of your right to work in the UK before starting work with us. We are not currently able to sponsor employees requiring a visa.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.