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Nottingham Trent Students Union

https://www.trentstudents.org

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Nottingham Trent Students’ Union (NTSU) is a high performing and ambitious organisation, pioneering in its use of digital to drive insight, optimise organisational performance and to enable effective representation, democracy and communication. Working for NTSU enables staff to develop their personal and professional skills. We currently have 65 members of permanent staff and over 400 members of student staff working across 3 sites in Nottinghamshire. t was named Higher Education Students’ Union of the Year in 2015 by NUS and has seen rapid improvement in its NSS Q23 student satisfaction score which is reflected in our position as a top 10 students’ union in the UK.

Summary

We are looking to appoint an external trustee with expertise in the charity sector who has a keen understanding of charity legislation and regulations, ideally someone with a connection to the midlands area who can help support our work to develop our influence with stakeholders in the local area.

Job Description

Who are we?

Part business, part charity – students’ unions are seriously fun places to work. They are organisations in their own right. Professional teams support elected student leaders to make change, improve lives and fulfil potential, we help make it happen.

Nottingham Trent Students’ Union (NTSU) is one of more than 550 students’ unions across the country. With more than 40,000 members, 300 student staff and nearly 60 career staff, along with huge range of services across multiple campuses we are one of the biggest. We run coffee shops, bars, nightclubs, advice centre, representation, student groups and much more.

Professionally run, but different.

About the role

NTSU is an independent registered charity and company limited by guarantee. It provides charitable, representation and commercial services to the 40,000 students at Nottingham Trent University on five sites across Nottinghamshire.

In a typical year NTSU has a turnover of £6.5m with £1.9m coming via grant income from the University and £4.6m from our commercial trading which allows us to provide great student experiences as well as reinvest surplus into our charitable services.

We are currently three years into our 2020-2025 strategic plan which drives our focus on being the best advocates for students we can be, encouraging healthy communities and celebrating the diversity of our membership.

We work hard to create the best student experience for students inside and outside of the classroom and our efforts do not go unnoticed. We are consistently ranked in the UK top 10 for student satisfaction in the independently conducted National Student Survey, WhatUni? Awards and Times Higher Awards, all of which are influenced by our members.

We have three external Trustees who are appointed to work alongside our 10 Student and Sabbatical Trustees. While all Trustees have equal status, we look to External Trustees to bring specific skills and experience to the Board to strengthen the Union’s governance.

Who we are looking for

While our Student and Sabbatical Trustees have regularly reflected the diversity of the Union’s membership, this has not been the case with our External Trustees. Inclusion is one of our core values and we would be keen to enhance the diversity of our Board and welcome applications from candidates from under-represented groups, we would especially welcome candidates who define as being from an ethnic minority and/or women. We are open to first-time Trustees and provide high-quality training and inductions to all Board members.

Regardless of your background, we expect that you are able to role model inclusive leadership behaviours and practice and be committed to working alongside students in a democratic environment.

The Union would be particularly keen to hear from people with an expertise in the charity sector, with an understanding of charity legislation and regulations, a connection to the midlands area is welcomed as we look to develop our influence with stakeholders in the local area.

Our Commitment to you

NTSU will make every effort to ensure that all trustees receive a comprehensive induction and have a full understanding of their roles and responsibilities. We will attempt to communicated effectively with all trustees to ensure that they are appropriately informed and fully briefed on all issues affecting the organisation so that sound judgement can be made with confidence. We will be understanding and respectful of the ordinary commitments of our Trustee Board and ensure information and requests for contributions, be communicated in a timely and considerate manner. We will extend an invitation to all trustees for relevant in-house training and briefing events, appropriate external events, Union run social engagements, award ceremonies and special events.

Please ensure you have read the full Recruitment Pack before applying.

To apply for this role, please submit a CV and Covering Letter to [email protected]

The covering letter should demonstrate how you meet the criteria in Personal Specification and be no longer than two sides of A4.

The closing date for application is 9am on Tuesday 21st February 2023

Interviews will be scheduled for Tuesday 28th February 2023, we ask all candidates to be available on this date due to the availability of trustees on our appointments committee.

We will be hosting two informal Q&A sessions online via teams to give potential candidates the opportunity to speak to existing members of the board and NTSU’s Chief Executive Officer, Phil Kynaston. The dates for these Q&A sessions are;

–        Monday 30th January 2023 at 3-4pm

–        Monday 13th February 2023 at 3-4pm

To register your interest for a Q&A session, please email [email protected]

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Nottingham Trent Students Union

https://www.trentstudents.org

About

Nottingham Trent Students’ Union (NTSU) is a high performing and ambitious organisation, pioneering in its use of digital to drive insight, optimise organisational performance and to enable effective representation, democracy and communication. Working for NTSU enables staff to develop their personal and professional skills. We currently have 65 members of permanent staff and over 400 members of student staff working across 3 sites in Nottinghamshire. t was named Higher Education Students’ Union of the Year in 2015 by NUS and has seen rapid improvement in its NSS Q23 student satisfaction score which is reflected in our position as a top 10 students’ union in the UK.

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  • Location

    Nottinghamshire, UK
  • Type

    Volunteer
  • Salary

    ££0 - Reasonable Expenses
  • Closes

    21 Feb
  • Experience

    Senior

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