Application deadline: 
Friday, 6 August, 2021 - 14:00
Sunderland Students' Union

The Role:                 Trustee

The University of Sunderland Students’ Union overview

The University of Sunderland Students’ Union (USSU) is an independent, student-run and student-led organisation.


Our mission to encourage our students to make their university experience valuable to them, for life. We do this through enabling them to engage in opportunities to grow, develop and achieve.


What are we looking for?

We are looking to recruit a motivated individual with experience of Students’ Union and an understanding of the higher education landscape. The successful candidate needs to have an appreciation for the wonderful and fluid world of Students’ Unions.


You should be passionate and enthusiastic about making a real difference to the lives of students and willing to help take the Union to the next level of success. You will help manage the strategy and finances of the organisation and be willing to work collectively to ensure that we will be able to deliver positive change for its members year after year.


We expect there will be between seven and nine meetings a year, as well as one or more training/induction sessions. This will include the Board meetings and any sub-committees to which you are appointed. In a post-Covid world there is no expectation for meetings to be held in person however if you are able to, we would like you to attend a few meetings each year on campus; travel expenses will be paid.

Recruitment principles

  • We will always blind shortlist for all vacancies  
  • We will provide a diverse selection panel
  • We will always strongly value equality and diversity 
  • We will shortlist based on examples you have given in your application against the 'Person Specification' so please read this carefully


Recruitment schedule

Applications close:   Friday 6 August 2021, by 2pm                                   

Interviews:                 Wednesday 25 August 2021 - online

Start date:                  October 2021              


If you are interested in this role, please visit our website to view the full Trustee recruitment pack and supporting information:


Please send completed expressions of interest to

This must include:

  • A covering letter
  • A personal statement
  • An up to date, detailed CV
  • A completed Equality Monitoring form


For an informal discussion about the role please contact Diogo Quintas, the Chair, or Peter O’Brien, the Vice Chair via

We are committed to ensuring our workforce reflects the diversity of the world and the community in which we are based. We positively encourage applications from all individuals irrespective of their gender, age, home country, ethnic background, sexuality, religious beliefs or disability and welcome requests for flexible working.