The Students’ Guild at the University of Exeter is the students’ union, led by students for students. We represent over 30,000 students and enhance their unique journeys at the University of Exeter. Our purpose, in a nutshell, is to help all students to love Exeter.
Opportunity to join the Board of the The University of Exeter Students’ Guild. Help make us one of the best students' unions in the UK!
What will you be doing?
Trustees are essential to the well being and effectiveness of the Guild. They have the ultimate legal responsibility for keeping the organisation focused on its purpose and directing the strategy (working with staff). They also have financial oversight, are responsible for resources, and are expected to ensure the organisation stays within the law.
This is an exciting time for the Guild. In 2020 we had to rethink our operating model after transferring our commercial services across to the University. This has provided financial security for the Guild, and an exciting opportunity to develop a new agile strategy focusing on helping all students to love Exeter.
What are we looking for?
Knowledge and Experience
- A background / knowledge / experience in one of the following: Income Diversification / Commercial Knowledge; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Data Insight / Market Research.
- The ability to ask questions and challenge the status quo. Sound judgement and the ability to think strategically and commercially, handle competing priorities and make informed decisions. Strong communication skills with the ability to build relationships with people at all levels. Able to respond positively to challenging situations and solve problems creatively.
Values and Attitude
- A demonstrable commitment to our values. Strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and able to engage with people from all backgrounds and at all levels. Passionate about working in a democratic, student led environment.
We welcome candidates of all backgrounds, identities and experiences. We would particularly welcome applications from candidates who are disabled or from Black, Asian or other minoritised communities, as our diversity audit shows that these groups are under-represented on our Board.
What difference will you make?
Income Diversification / Commercial Knowledge – A Lay Trustee with this expertise would help us look at new opportunities for income generation as we have recently changed our operating model after transferring our commercial services across to the University.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion – The University of Exeter has a strong widening participation strategy. A Lay Trustee with this expertise would help ensure that diversity, inclusion and equity are at the heart of all Board discussions and decisions so we can help students from all backgrounds love Exeter.
Data Insight / Market Research – We want to be experts on our students. We have a wealth of engagement data, and a Lay Trustee with this expertise would help provide scrutiny of this market research.
"Being a Guild Trustee enables me to play a fundamental role in an organisation that can really make a difference to the University life of a student, preparing them for their future whatever that may be... As a student led organisation it allows me to continue to mix with and see how fantastic these young people are." - Margaret Laithwaite, current Trustee.
Trustees are expected to attend all Trustee Board meetings (between 4-6 a year), and relevant sub-committee meetings (between 4-6 a year). For further details, please see the candidate pack.
Before you apply
The Reach TrusteeWorks team are supporting the Guild with their Board recruitment. We're happy to answer any questions about the role or trusteeship in general and we can also arrange for an informal chat with the CEO of the Guild.
Key Dates to keep in mind when submitting your application:
June 20th - Deadline
June 24th - First stage (informal) interview
June 30th - Panel interview
July 6th or 8th - Trustee training day