Become a Trustee

The Organisation

Birkbeck Students’ Union is an exciting and interesting place to be a trustee. If leading an organisation which is membership led, political, vibrant and full of people who are working hard to deliver change for their members is something that appeals to you then you should consider becoming a trustee in our students’ union.

Students’ Unions have a huge impact on education and in wider society. And the impact on individuals is huge too, every day we see students undergoing life changing experiences in the activities we offer.

We are a multi-faceted organisation that covers student recreation, clubs and societies, welfare, student representation and student campaigning. We are an evening university with an incredible variety of people with many part-time students, disabled students, mature students and over 50% of our students are BME. Our membership refreshes naturally and constantly. And it means that as an organisation, we’re always developing.

Notable Birkbeckians include; TS Eliot, Marcus Garvey, John McDonnell, Annie Besant, Ramsay MacDonald and Helen Gwynne-Vaughan.

You can find out more information about us and by reading our three year turnaround plan: 'Getting Out of Neutral'.


The role

We are currently looking for one undergraduate and one postgraduate student to fill two vacancies for Student Trustees.

Trustees are the people who serve on our governing body, as we are a charity. They are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of the charity, though some of these powers are devolved to staff.

Our Trustee Board is made up of student officers and students who are leading our organisation to deliver change for our members. What we need is support and guidance on things like strategy, financial oversight, legal advice and human resource support. We are especially keen to hear from applicants with experience in Higher Education and/or equality & diversity work. You would be forming part of a team that delivers real change for students and helps develop student trustees too.

As a trustee you have legal responsibility for the charity, ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it has been set up.

To do this, you ensure compliance with charity law and other regulation whilst using reasonable care and skill in your work as trustees, using your personal skills and experience as needed to ensure that the charity is well-run and efficient.


The Commitment

Trustees typically need to commit to between four and six meetings a year, with some additional duties or committees depending on your availability.

The Students’ Union will pay reasonable remuneration for expenses incurred as a result of carrying out duties in your role.


The Board

Our Board is made up of:

  • Up to 5 Lay Trustees, recruited from outside the organisation

  • Up to 7 Officer Trustees, elected paid Union officials

  • Up to 2 Student Trustees, one undergraduate and one postgraduate

The Officer Trustees are elected by our students in annual elections. Each Student Trustee must be a student at the time of their appointment and for the duration of their term as a Student Trustee. Student Trustees shall be appointed on one year terms beginning 1st August 2020. 


The Support

We are committed to ensuring our trustees are enabled to carry out their duties to the highest standard. With this in mind, an induction programme will be laid on for successful applicants with additional development opportunities provided when recognised.


How to apply

Applications are currently open for our 2 Student Trustees ( 1 Undergraduate and 1 Postgraduate).

At this stage all we need from you is a copy of your CV and a brief covering letter.

Just email your CV and a covering letter to by midnight on Friday 12th June 2020. 

Video interviews will take place on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd June 2020.