Are you interested in becoming a Student Trustee? We have two positions available to sit on our board of trustees and help oversee the workings of CUSU.
What is a trustee?
CUSU is a charity, and therefore has a governing body called the CUSU Board of Trustees. Trustees have ultimate responsibility for the Union’s management, administration, governance (how the Union is structured), budget and strategy. The Trustees of the students’ union have ultimate legal responsibility for ensuring that the students’ union complies with the law, including the requirements of charity law.
Being a Trustee is an incredibly rewarding experience, but also one which comes with significant responsibility. Trustees are expected to be aware of and act in accordance with charity law, and holding office as a Trustee gives you responsibility for ensuring the students’ union actions are lawful and purposefully and financially sound.
CUSU is a democratic charity: almost all decisions are made by student representatives at CUSU Council. However, decisions regarding the legality of the students’ union’s actions, staffing matters, and many financial matters are ultimately overseen and enacted by the Board of Trustees. It is therefore incredibly important that we have the voices of current students on it.
Trustees are the guardians of the union’s assets and they are under a legal duty to act in the best interests of the charity, which involves making balanced and informed decisions about what will best enable the charity to carry out its purposes on behalf of its beneficiaries, the students of the University of Cambridge. Trustees must implement realistic and reasonable risk management strategies and processes to identify and mitigate risks to the charity’s funds and assets.
The deadline to apply is 5 pm on Friday 29th November. Please send all applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org