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Student Trustee

Listed by LSE Students' Union


Application deadline: Thu 03 Mar 2022 12:00


Would you like to become a Director of multi-million-pound charity, helping us to make big decisions about the future of the LSE Students’ Union? If so, we’re looking for a Student Trustee to sit on LSESU’s Trustee Board. Could this be the role for you?

About the Trustee Board 
The Trustee Board is ultimately responsible for making the big decisions about the running of the students’ union. The Board is comprised of 12 people including Sabbatical Officers, lay trustees and fellow students – all of whom bring different types of experience and expertise to the role.

About the Role 
Being a Trustee is a voluntary role and involves attending 5 Trustee Board meetings each year, plus some preparation time before each one. Our Trustees are an incredibly important part of our governance and play an integral role in the continued running and development of the students’ union. 

Ideally, the successful candidates will graduate in July 2023 or later, however, we will consider suitable applications from all students. Previous experience of being a trustee is not required and we would welcome applications from all students including undergraduate, postgraduate, part-time and international.

LSE Students’ Union
LSE Students' Union (LSESU) is a not-for-profit organisation led by LSE students, for LSE students. Our aim is to help LSE students make the most of all the life-changing experiences open to them during their time at university. 
We've been part of LSE since 1897, and all LSE students automatically become LSESU members when they enrol. Our members join one of the UK's most active students' unions and make it whatever they need it to be.
LSESU is led by elected Officers including 4 full-time paid Sabbatical Officers, 1 part-time paid Sabbatical Officer and 11 voluntary Part-Time Officers.

Our primary services include:

  • Student Voice - supporting our students with representation, campaigning, policy change and elections
  • Student Communities - supporting over 250+ clubs and societies, managing the gym and the sports and arts facilities in the Marshall Building
  • Social - running our Union events, student bar (Three Tuns) and our cafe
  • Student Advice - providing free, independent and confidential advice to our student membership
  • Not-for-profit

All proceeds from sales in our outlets or marketing activity go directly back into putting on events, activities and support for students – so, by using our services, students are contributing to the LSE student experience and helping us to reinvest into the things we do for our members.

As a £6m turnover charity that supports, empowers and represents 12,000 students, we have significant resources, but we need your support. We are looking for a student trustee with the drive and knowledge to ensure that we remain ambitious whilst also utilising our resources effectively. As well as sitting on our Trustee Board, which meets at least 5 times a year, our student trustees will each sit on one of our sub-committees.

We are proud to have a diverse and inclusive student body, staff team and board of Trustees. We encourage applications from people from all walks of life, whether you identify as a person from an ethnic minority community, come from a working-class background or have overcome systemic challenges. We recognise that Board diversity is key to effective decision-making, as well as ensuring that LSESU Trustees have the trust and confidence of our diverse student body.

The process
All student trustees at LSESU must be elected by a cross-campus ballot. All applications received will go to the Appointments Committee of the Students’ Union, where they will either be approved to go ahead in the elections, or removed from the process.
If your application is approved by the Appointments Committee, you will then be entered into the Lent Term elections as a candidate. The timeline for this process is as follows:

Applications close: Thursday 3 March, 12 PM
Appointments committee meets and approves potential candidates: 7/8/9 March
Candidates are added into the Lent Term elections process and notified: 11 March onwards
Lent Term elections voting: 21 - 24 March
Election Results: 24 March

How to apply

To apply for this role, please submit your personal statement, CV and EO form to no later than that 12 PM, March 3. 
Your personal statement should address what you would bring to the role as a student trustee of LSESU and what your vision is for LSESU for the next three years. 
Please refer to the job description for more details on this role.

If you are inspired by this opportunity, we would love to hear from you. Please contact James Hann, LSESU’s Chief Executive, via email at if you have any questions about the role.
Applications close at 12 PM on Thursday, March 3. 

As stated above, please do note that this role is voluntary and unpaid




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