Bristol SU Trustee​

Bristol University Students' Union
Voluntary role – reasonable expenses reimbursed
Contract Type: 
Contract Details: 
3 years (with potential for another 2 terms of 3 years) ​
Details of Role: 

Closing date:  Tue 31 May 10am

Interview dates: Mon 6 – Wed 8 June

Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion are central to life at Bristol SU. We approach our work with positivity and celebrate our diverse and unique communities. Our people are proud of our values and care about creating diverse and supportive communities that are inclusive of age, disability, gender, identity, race, religion, sexual orientation, and experience.

​We recognise that people from ethnically-marginalised backgrounds may face additional barriers when applying for new roles across the sector.  We are committed to taking affirmative action to expand the diversity of our team by offering a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates from ethnically-marginalised groups.

2022 is a great time to join Bristol Students’ Union as a Trustee. With a new strategy implemented we’re looking for new and innovative ways of working and involved in development including involvement in the new Temple Quarter campus. 

You’ll also be helping us address the most pressing issues facing students today, such as:

  • Access to education
  • Mental Health
  • Accommodation
  • Race inequality
  • Poverty
  • Inclusivity
  • Internationalisation

Who we’re looking for

We need a resourceful, determined and committed individual to help support, direct, shape and develop our work. You will be involved in providing strategic, financial and governance oversight to help achieve the vision of “a Union for all students”​

Most importantly you want to help make a real difference to the lives of our 30,000 members, and:

  • Have experience of helping organisations succeed
  • Are committed to working for and with students
  • You keep the long-term vision in mind and are a strategic thinker,
  • Known for being a natural collaborator and positive relationship builder

Ideally, you’ll have extensive experience in one or more of these areas:

  • Digital/Tech background – to support our digital strategy
  •  Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)
  • Bristol voluntary and community sector
  • Chief Executive or senior leadership
  • Finance
  • PR

There will also be an opportunity in the future to become Co-Chair of the Trustee Board

Who are we

Part business, part charity, part membership body – Bristol SU is a seriously fun place to work.  Our professional team do something extraordinary every day: support student leaders to give people a voice in their education, help get the most out of their student experience and make the change they want in the world.

​The SU has over 30,000 members, 350+ clubs and societies and a huge range of professional services as well as an ambitious strategy. We are a registered charity, and a company limited by guarantee with a turnover of circa £3.8million, dedicated student officers, a progressive management team and employ around 72 salaried staff as well as a team of student staff.  ​

​Bristol SU has received numerous accreditations and awards including Investors in People, Investors in Diversity, the Workplace Wellbeing Charter and. No wonder 93% of our employees would recommend us as a good place work.  ​

The Bristol SU Board

Our board consists of:

  • 4 elected students
  • 7 elected full-time officers
  • 4 co-opted trustees
  • 1 university nominated trustee.

​As our elected trustees are unlikely to have previous experience as a trustee, we will prioritise candidates who have done it before.​

​You can see our current board here. We are currently well-represented in the following skills:​

  • Higher Education
  • Students’ Unions
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Student experience

​Our trustee meetings occur online but some events may occur in person within the Students’ Union in Bristol.

Closing Date: 
Tuesday, 31 May, 2022 - 10:00
How to Apply: 

Please click here and click the 'apply for this job' button.  You should upload a CV and detailed cover letter. 


Contact Person: 
Suzanne Doyle, Clerk to the Board of Trustees
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