Student Trustee Recruitment Pack 2016/17


Many thanks for your interest in becoming a Student Trustee for the University College Birmingham Guild of Students. This pack contains an overview of the role and information about how to apply.

What is a trustee?

UCB Guild operates as a charity. As a charity Trustee, you will be a member of the Trustee Board that ensures UCB Guild has the necessary financial and structural stability to carry out its aims effectively. On a practical level this means you need to be able to make major decisions to ensure that UCB Guild is delivering on its annual objectives set by its elected representatives.

About Us

The University College Birmingham Guild of Students exists to represent you and every other student at UCB. Whether you are a Home, International, Further Education or Masters student, whether you commute or live at the Maltings, whether you are a mature student or have just left school, the Guild exists to make your time at UCB the best it can possibly be.

The Guild has undergone significant change in recent years and it is therefore an exciting time to join the Board.

With the appointment of a new Guild Manager, the introduction of new student officer positions, a brand new website, plans to redevelop the Guild’s existing commercial space, plans to increase Guild staffing and plans to write a new strategy for the Guild, 2016/17 looks to be a very positive year.

By becoming a student trustee, you can have a real say in what happens with the Guild, and therefore the University, in the future.

The Trustee Board

The Trustee Board is the highest decision making body within the Guild and shall be responsible for the allocation of its annual budget, the governance of the Guild, the strategy of the Guild, as well as delegation of the day-to-day running of the Guild. The board shall also oversee the work of the Executive Officers and will seek to ensure that the Officers are actively seeking to represent students and are working towards fulfilling their objectives and manifesto pledges.

The Trustee Board will consist of:

  1. Five officer trustees including the full-time Presidential sabbatical role, as well as four other part-time officer trustees, whom will be elected via secret ballot.
  2. Four students trustees, whom will be elected to represent students from a variety of courses at all levels.
  3. Three external trustees, whom will selected by the Guild of Students in line with the Guild’s aims and values. External trustees will be appointed to help the student trustees make good decisions and ensure that the future of the Guild is secured.

The Trustee Board will also be attended by the Guild Manager and, with permission from the board, a representative from the University. Guests or observers can attend meetings of the Trustees at the discretion of the Chair but will not be able to place a vote.

What we are looking for

We are looking for students who have some awareness of the work and goals of the Guild and are keen to help other students have the best possible time whilst at UCB.

We need students who are able to think about the long-term future of the Guild and are able to think about the needs of all students.


The Trustee Board shall hold a minimum of three times in each academic year. Dates and timings of these will be agreed at the beginning of each academic year. It is essential that you are able to commit to attending these and you may be removed from the board if you fail to do so. You will also be expected to prepare for these meetings by reading all relevant documentation in advance.

The Trustee position is voluntary but is a fantastic opportunity for your personal and professional development.

A Trustee’s term may last up to two years, depending on your year of study. You will automatically cease to be a trustee if/when you leave UCB.


The Student Trustee positions will be advertised over the coming months. Please keep an eye on our website for further detail.

Further Information

If you require any further information or would like to discuss the role informally, please contact the Guild of Students Manager Ellen Kemp at