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Independent Trustee

Closing date
24 Jun 2022

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Independent Trustee

Fixed-term for an initial period of three years

Non-remunerated (reasonable expenses will be paid)

Meetings take place remotely and in London and Reading, Berkshire

University College of Estate Management (UCEM) is the leading international provider of supported online learning for the Built Environment, with over 100 years' experience in providing the highest quality learning opportunities for the industry. UCEM offers a range of property-related academic programmes at Diploma, Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels, currently being studied by some 4,000 students in over 100 countries.

It really is an exciting time to be joining us as a Trustee. You will have the opportunity to make a valuable contribution in shaping the future of UCEM, as we work to implement our vision to be the Centre of Excellence for Built Environment Education and to become the world's most sustainable university.

Our diverse Board of Trustees currently has nine independent members, and we are looking for at least two new Trustees to join us. The Board is responsible for the overall governance, monitoring and strategic direction of UCEM. The Board works together with the Executive Team to ensure that the institution achieves the objectives defined in our Royal Charter and operates in compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements, including the Office for Students (OFS), the Charity Commission, the Education and Skills Fundings Agency and Ofsted. In addition to this, the Board contributes to ensuring that our institution meets the expectations of the Higher Education Code of Governance.

We are specifically looking for Trustees with expertise in higher education ideally at a Senior Executive level and with a good understanding of the regulatory environment in which UCEM operates and the challenges facing the sector at the current time.

However, if your area of expertise is not specifically in higher education but you feel you can contribute to the work of UCEM your application will still be considered. Successful candidates should desirably have experience of operating at a senior level in either an executive or non-executive capacity. You will also have a passion for higher education and sustainability.

As a Trustee, you will be expected to attend Board of Trustee meetings (4 per year, in person) usually held at our office in Reading Berkshire or in London. There will also be an opportunity for you to be involved in a Sub-Committee to the Board. Involvement in a Sub-Committee/Working Group will require you to be available to attend approx. 3 additional meetings per year, usually held remotely.


We have a detailed job specification for this role so please, before applying, look:


For an informal discussion about the role please contact Jane Fawkes, University College Secretary to the Board on 0118 921 4682 ( or contact Lyndsay Hughes Clerk to the Board on 0118 9214642. (


To apply please send your CV, covering letter/email, and Recruitment Check Form to


Thursday 30 June 2022 at 5.00 p.m.


We do not use agencies as part of our recruitment process. We politely ask that you respect this decision and do not call our offices on seeing this advertisement; if you do, the same message will be repeated to you. Thank you for your co-operation.
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