Student Trustee - Voluntary Role

Closed 21/04/2024

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Job Title:

Student Trustee - Voluntary

Responsible to:

HSU Board of Trustees

University of Hertfordshire Student Council






Until completion of course or a maximum of two years


To sit on the governing body of the Students’ Union to ensure the Union is run well, meeting its aim and working within the legal and constitutional framework.

The Role:

The role will develop key understandings of our students at Hertfordshire and play a vital part in the Union’s development.


Our vision at Hertfordshire Students’ Union is to help students love Herts.


We are a truly values-led organisation. As such, our Student Trustees must demonstrate our everyday values of being Helpful, Empowering, Representative, Transparent and Student-Focused whilst ensuring Hertfordshire Students’ Union is truly representative of students. We encourage our team to have fun at work while never losing sight of our vision.

Service Excellence:

We go above and beyond for our students and each other – we’re committed to providing excellent service across the board and we support each other to prioritise this every day.

Equal Opportunities:

We encourage applications from students with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to reflect the current student population. We welcome all applications regardless of a persons' race, sex, disability, religion/beliefs, sexual orientation or age.

Key Role Requirements:

  • Must be a current University of Hertfordshire student at the start of the next academic year and not due to undertake a placement or a study abroad session during the period of appointment.
  • Being friendly and respectful of others in order to maintain a safe and considerate workplace in line with our values of being Helpful, Empowering, Representative, Transparent and Student-focused.
  • Being honest, open and supportive of others, empowering others to be fulfilled in their role.
  • Being fair, valuing equality, diversity, ethics and the environment.
  • Confidentiality is essential in this role
  • Keep in regular contact by email and/or phone with other members of the Board and provide feedback and input on issues as they arise.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Attend five meetings a year, as well one or more training session/s.
  • Prepare for Board meetings by reading through materials and Board papers beforehand.
  • Be a representative to all students across the University of Hertfordshire within the HSU Board of Trustees.
  • Attend Student Council five times per year to provide a verbal report to Student Council.
  • Along with the other Trustees, help to steer the strategy and finances of the organisation.
  • Providing student expertise, experience and support to the Elected Officers and External Trustees to ensure that the Students’ Union will be able to deliver positive change for its members.
  • Help the organisation achieve its objectives and improves the lives of its members.
  • Work with other Trustees to ensure the Union complies with all relevant legislation and regulations, including relevant Charities Acts and Education Acts, and related regulatory requirements.
  • Add value and actively contribute to the Board of Trustees, offer a considered and reasonable perspective on matters at hand and be unafraid to challenge appropriately.