Student Trustee


Role Title: Student Trustee

Term: 2 years from date of appointment, with an opportunity to undertake a second term – subject to you being an enrolled student at the University of Winchester.

Time Commitment: Between 4 and 6 meetings per year plus optional additional events in between.

Member of: Winchester Student Union Trustee Board and nominated sub-committees

Remuneration: Out of pocket expenses for travel and subsistence.


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As a member of our Trustee Board you will champion and scrutinise the strategic direction of Winchester Student Union. You will challenge the organisation to deliver a creative and exciting environment in meeting our vision of ensuring we are Student Led, Student Delivered. Students Empowered.


Specifically, you will work collectively:

  1. To ensure that Winchester Student Union works in accordance with the Constitution.
  2. To ensure that Winchester Student Union uses its resources effectively and does not spend money on activities outside its remit, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are.
  3. To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the Student Union, agreeing and monitoring overall strategy, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  4. To safeguard the good name, reputation and values of the Student Union.
  5. To ensure the financial stability of the Student Union.
  6. To protect and manage the property of the charity and ensure proper investment of the charity’s funds.
  7. To monitor the performance of the Union’s Senior Manager.


Trustees are expected to use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions (it is anticipated that appointed Trustees will help to ensure an appropriate range of skills, knowledge and experience). This will involve:

  • Scrutinising board papers and strategic documents
  • Leading discussions
  • Focussing on key issues
  • Providing guidance on new initiatives
  • Providing guidance on other issues as required, in which the Trustee has special expertise

The Trustees will be liable, both as a body and as individuals, for the actions taken on behalf of the Student Union. The have a duty to act in the best interests of the Student Union and a duty of care to all those with whom they have dealings. They are responsible for the strategic direction of the Student Union. They have a duty to assess and mitigate risks; a duty to invest funds prudently; and a duty to keep records and file returns to the regulatory bodies, including the Charity Commission.

All Trustees are expected to make sure that they fully understand their responsibilities; to read and understand papers; and to understand the implications of their decisions.

Trustees are expected to portray a positive image, both internally and externally of the Winchester Student Union by displaying high standards of service, integrity, punctuality, politeness and professionalism.



You will be expected to complete an Induction Programme and to participate in any training programme, meeting or conference considered relevant to the position. Trustees should make themselves familiar with the Charity Commission’s guidance on external trustees ‘CC3’ by checking the following link:


If you have any further queries about the role of Student Trustee, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Union President,



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