Trustee (Voluntary)

The University of Sussex Students’ Union is looking for motivated and experienced individuals to become Trustees of the Union, helping to manage the strategy and finances of the organisation, whilst providing a solid structure of expertise, experience and support to the elected student officers to ensure that the Students’ Union will be able to deliver positive change for its members year after year.

We exist to ensure students get as much as possible out of their time at the University of Sussex, and Brighton and Sussex Medical School. Whether that means providing opportunities to help them make friends, go to events, gain employability experience, try to change the world for the better, or just being there for them when things go wrong. We need Trustees to support us be the best at this that we can be.

Trustees have and must accept ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of a charity and ensuring that it is solvent, well-run and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it has been set up.

The role of a Trustee is a voluntary one, you will gain invaluable experience of running an organisation, and will know you're supporting students through their time at University. All expenses incurred as a result of the business undertaken on behalf of the Students’ Union will be reimbursed. The Students’ Union will also provide training and a one-day induction in order to support your role.

As a Trustee, you will be required to:

• Attend between seven and nine meetings a year, as well as one or more training/induction sessions. This will include the Board meetings and any sub-committees to which you are appointed.

• Prepare for Board meetings by reading through materials and Board papers beforehand.

• Keep in regular contact with the other Trustees and provide feedback and input on issues when they arise.

For more details, please download our Trustee Information Pack

Commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We are really committed to maintaining a diverse Trustee Board because we know how important it is to have decision makers with varied lived experiences and backgrounds that reflect the range of needs of our diverse student community.

We welcome applications from everyone, and we want to strongly encourage applications from; people with an ethnic minority or Chinese background, people with a disability, people with dependants, and people who identify as LGBTQ+. We give Unconscious Bias Training to all our panel members in order to support the above. We also are flexible with meeting times wherever possible for those with care commitments.

Is there a reason why you might not be able to be a Trustee?

The Charity Commission has a set of clear guidelines in terms of those unable to take on such a role and as a Trustee at the University of Sussex Students’ Union. Below is a list of circumstances which may prevent you from becoming a trustee.

You are not allowed to be a trustee if you:

  • Are under 16 years of age
  • Have been convicted at any time of any offence involving deception or dishonesty, unless the conviction is legally regarded as spent; or
  • Are an undischarged bankrupt; or
  • Have made compositions with your creditors and have not been discharged; or
  • Have at any time been removed by the Commissioners or by the Court in England, Wales or Scotland from being a trustee because of misconduct; or
  • Are disqualified from being a company director; or
  • Have failed to make payments under the county court administrator’s orders.

If you are in any doubt about your eligibility to act as a trustee, you should either seek your own legal advice or contact the Charity Commissioners.

You can apply for this position regardless of your current or previous student status.

Students' Union Building


Application Deadline: Thursday 4th February 9am

Interviews: Tuesday 23rd February (Interviews will take place via Google Meet but if you require an interview in-person as a reasonable adjustment please make a request)

Expected start date: As soon as possible


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