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Student Trustees Notice of Election

What is a Trustee Board?

The board of trustees of Hull University Union Limited is made up of four selected external trustees, five student officer trustees and four elected student trustees. The Trustee Board is the ultimate decision making body at HUU and has overall responsibility for charity governance, budget and strategy. Daily management and administration is delegated to the Chief Executive, senior management team and staff.


Download a Nomination Form here.


Download a Student Trustee Application form here.


The Board’s main tasks are:

  • To create and regularly review the strategic direction of the organisation.

  • To ensure an appropriate mission, vision and values are in place.

  • To ensure policies and activities constitute good practice and are in keeping with our aims.

  • To ensure we meet the legal and financial requirements of a registered charity and students’ union.

  • To ensure the long term financial stability of HUU.

  • To ensure our resources are used to best effect.


What are the benefits of being a Student Trustee?

Student trustees develop a number of skills which help to improve employability, including:

  • strategic planning

  • financial/budget management

  • decision making

  • understanding of charities.


As a student trustee you will make contacts with a broad range of skills and experience from varying industries; as well as having the opportunity to share your experience of being a student at Hull to make change.


What support do Student Trustees get?

Student trustees receive a full induction to HUU, meeting will staff from various departments to understand the services offered to students. In addition, student trustees will complete online trustee training modules and will be offered the opportunity to attend trustee conferences ran by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).


Student Trustees are assigned to a Student Officer as part of a buddy system, buddies maintain regular contact throughout the year and meet before meetings to review the meeting papers. Student Trustees are also mentored by an External Trustee and the HR Manager.


What is expected of a Student Trustee?

Student Trustees are expected to attend 5 trustee board meetings a year in addition to a trustee away day in July. Meetings take place on a Thursday, starting at 10.30am and finishing by 2pm. Student Trustees must ensure they read the papers in advance of the meeting.


Student Trustees are also invited to join one of the board sub-committees. The Appointments & Governance Development committee meets 4 times a year and is responsible for HUU governance procedures, charity governance and trustee recruitment. The Finance, Audit & Risk Committee meet 5 times a year and are responsible for monitoring financial performance, risk management, insurance renewals and commercial operations at HUU.


Our Student Trustees should be willing to adopt and follow Nolan’s Seven Principles of Public Life:

·        Selflessness

Trustees should take decisions solely in the best interests of HUU.  They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family or friends.

·        Integrity

Trustees should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might influence them in the performance of their official duties or undermine the reputation of HUU or its staff.

·        Objectivity

In carrying out HUU business, including making appointments, awarding contracts or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, Trustees should make choices based on merit.

·        Accountability

Trustees are accountable to HUU’s members for their decisions, the effectiveness of the Board and the performance of the organisation. 

·        Openness

Trustees should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions they take.  They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider membership interest clearly demands.

·        Honesty

Trustees have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their HUU duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the interests of HUU.

·        Leadership

Trustees should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.  They should strive to attend all meetings regularly, ensure they prepare and contribute appropriately and effectively.  They should bring fair and open-minded views to all Board discussions and ensure that decisions are made in HUU’s best interests.


Who can become a Student Trustee?

To become a Student Trustee, you must be a registered student at the University of Hull in 2018/19.


How do I apply to become a Student Trustee?

To apply to become a student trustee, you should complete and return the following documents to the Executive Support Co-ordinator ([email protected]) by noon on 9th February 2018.

  • HUU nomination form

  • HUU application form

  • Trustee declaration


All applicants will be interviewed by an Appointments Panel prior to election. Applicants should note the following dates.

  • Nominations open on 29th January 2018 and close on 9th February 2018 at noon.

  • Interviews will be held week commencing 12th February 2018.

  • Voting for the elections opens on 12th March and closes on 16th March 2018.


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