Student Trustees

Vacancies for Student Members of the Board of Trustees

We are looking for two Student Trustees to join the University’s Board of Trustees.

Introduction to the Board of Trustees

The governing body of the University, the Board of Trustees, has ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the University. In particular, the Board has to ensure that the University is well-run, meeting its aims and working within its legal, regulatory and financial obligations.

The Board has two student members (the Student Trustees). Student Trustees have just the same rights and responsibilities as the other members of the Board.

Other members of the Board include the Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, as well as other University staff and members from outside the University. More details about the current members.

We are looking for two Student Trustees to join the University’s Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the University and is responsible for setting its strategic direction. You can find out more about the Board of Trustees on our website.

The meetings of the Board of Trustees for the year 2020/21:


Student Trustee Specification

Student Trustees should have excellent communication skills, independent judgement, creative thinking and a willingness to speak your mind and to listen to the views of others. Becoming a Student Trustee provides you with excellent experience of a leadership role and understanding of large and complex organisations – experience that employers value very highly.
Ideally, the new Student Trustees will have had a leadership role within the Students' Union, University or our local community, and should have a good understanding of the issues facing our diverse student body.
Student Trustees are expected to attend meetings of the Board of the Trustees, and other meetings as required. Trustees make decisions for the benefit of the University as a whole, not just for their particular constituency, and take collective responsibility for Board decision-making. Although Student Trustees don’t ‘represent’ student views in the usual sense and must not seek to lobby the Board in respect of student matters, they use their knowledge and experience of being a student to help inform the Board’s decision-making.
Induction, training and support are all provided. Bristol SU will manage the application process, and shortlist candidates for further consideration by the Board itself.
The Board is keen to attract applications from students from a diverse range of backgrounds, and in particular would welcome applications from international students, PGR students and/or students from widening participation backgrounds. 

How to apply and closing date.

Please note that only students who will be studying, or will be Sabbatical Officers, in 2020/21 can apply to be a Student Trustee.   The Term of Office is for one year from 1 July to 30 June.  Student Trustees can stand for re-appointment if they continue to be a student or a Sabbatical Officer.
To apply to become a Student Trustee, please send a short (500 words max) summary of why you think you would make a good Student Trustee to by Friday 22 May 2020, 5pm.