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    Do you want to be a Student Trustee?

    posted: 18th January 2017, 3:18pm
    tags: HUU, Elections

    Download: Student Trustee Candidate Information | Nomination Form


    We are looking for two student trustees to join our Trustee Board and encourage applications from students with a range of skills, awareness of varied student needs, experience/interest of business development and political nous.

    We are looking to recruit one undergraduate student trustee and one postgraduate student trustee (you must be a postgraduate student during the academic year 2017/18) starting in July 2017.

    If you are interested in the role of student trustee and would like to be considered, please note the following:

    Nominations open on Monday, 30 January 2017 and close on Friday, 10 February 2017, noon.

    HUU Nomination Form for Student Trustees

    This form should be completed and sent to the Executive Support Co-ordinator, as indicated on the form, by noon on 10 February.  Voting for the elections opens online on 20 March and closes on 24 March. 

    Application Form and Trustee Declaration

    As candidates’ suitability for this role has to be approved by an Appointments Panel prior to election, an application form should also be completed and sent to the Executive Support Co-ordinator by 12 noon on 10 February, together with the Trustee Declaration form.  Interviews will be held by the Appointments Panel during the week commencing 20 February 2017.


    The Board of Trustees of Hull University Union Limited is made up of four external selected trustees, five Student Officer trustees and four elected student trustees.  You can find out more about our Trustee Board by visiting

    The Board is the ultimate decision making body at HUU and has overall responsibility for governance, budget and strategy.  Day to day management and administration is delegated to the Chief Executive, senior management team and staff.

    The Board’s main tasks are:

    ·       To ensure there is an appropriate mission, vision and values statement in place.

    ·       To participate in formulating and regularly reviewing the strategic direction of the organisation.

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

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

    ·       To ensure the long term financial stability of HUU.

    ·       To ensure our resources are used to best effect.


    There are usually five Trustee Board meetings a year and an away day in the summer.  The meetings start at 10.30 am and finish by 3 pm.  Papers are sent out a week in advance and you should ensure you have time to study these prior to the meeting.  Student Trustees are also invited to sit on the Board’s two sub committees – the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee and the Appointments & Governance Development Committee.

    Student trustees are appointed following nomination in our elections and an interview with the appointments panel.  The panel may prefer students who can complete the full term of office, which is two years.  Student trustees can serve for two terms as long as they continue to be students at the university.  You will receive induction and training prior to attending your first Board meeting and you may also be mentored with a member of the senior management team.

    The skills and requirements for the role are as follows:

    ·       Commitment to devote the necessary time to the role

    ·       Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of the role

    ·       Understanding of good governance practice

    ·       Ability to think strategically

    ·       Ability to exercise independent judgement

    ·       Ability to think creatively

    ·       Willingness to challenge and support others, working at the highest level

    ·       Ability to work effectively as a team


    This is a voluntary role and you will not receive any payment, however expenses for travel will be made where appropriate.

    The benefits of undertaking this role include the opportunity to work with a diverse group of trustees, gaining experience of a role in charity or business leadership, helping to make HUU a better union for its student membership and significant personal development.

    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.

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