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Become a UPSU Student Trustee

We are looking for enthusiastic, responsible and reliable students to fill the role of Student Trustee and join our board of trustees in June 2021 for a period of one year. This is a voluntary role which you will be able to undertake alongside your studies, asking for roughly 30 hours of your time a year. We are looking to create a Trustee Board that is truly reflective of our diverse student body, applications are welcomed from all backgrounds and experiences. 

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If you have an interest in getting involved your Students’ Union, making key decisions on what your Students’ Union should focus on and learn more about how a charity operates, then this role is perfect for you.

You'll develop invaluable skills to increase your employability whilst ensuring students are represented at a trustee level. If you would like to know more about the role please contact the Student Voice team on studentvoice@su.plymouth.ac.uk 


What is the UPSU Board?

UPSU is a registered charity which is governed and led by a board of trustees.

The Trustee Board is a friendly and supportive group, made up of a mix of students, Sabbatical Officers and external professionals, who have specific experience, knowledge or skills that can help support the group.

The overall role of the Board is to ensure that the union is well run, meeting its aims and working within the law and the UPSU Articles of Association

The board provides UPSU with strategic direction on major issues; approves the UPSU strategic plan and continues to monitor progress against the plan. The board is the highest decision maker of the union and board members share a collective responsibility for all union activities, ensuring they identify and manage any risks to the organisation. The board has specific responsibilities and they must ensure proper and prudent administration of the organisation and ensure the organisation meets any legal requirements and manages its finances and resources effectively and appropriately.


What is a student Trustee?

Student Trustees sit on the Trustee Board for UPSU and have the same rights and responsibilities as the other members of the Trustee Board (including full-time officers). Student Trustees are not involved in the day to day running of the Students' Union, but take an overview of how the Union is performing, both financially and in delivering services to students.