External Trustee

London

Queen Mary Students Union

Change for the Better - help shape our community, change lives and challenge yourself as an External Trustee of our Students' Union. Whatever your background or experience this is a chance to use it to help represent and support over 28,000 students.

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Who we are

Queen Mary Students’ Union represents the interests of over 28,000 students at Queen Mary University of London, largely based across sites at Mile End, Whitechapel, and Barbican. Many of our students come from our local community, 75% are BAME, and many are the first in their families to go to university. Queen Mary has just been recognised as the top university in the country for social mobility, providing life changing chances and opportunities for people from all walks of life to contribute to society. The Students’ Union plays a key role in this work, by providing social, cultural, recreational, and sporting opportunities for our students. We help them to form communities and support networks to keep them on track during their studies. We help them to develop the skills they need to succeed in life after university, though leadership and community volunteering opportunities.

Change for the Better - Do you want the opportunity to help shape our community, change lives and challenge yourself in the New Year?

If so, we are the Students’ Union at your local University and we need you. What would I possibly have to offer to a Students’ Union, you may ask? What even is a Students’ Union?

Queen Mary Students’ Union represents the interests of over 28,000 students at Queen Mary University of London, largely based across sites at Mile End, Whitechapel, and Barbican. Many of our students come from our local community, 75% are BAME, and many are the first in their families to go to university.

Queen Mary has just been recognised as the top university in the country for social mobility, providing life changing chances and opportunities for people from all walks of life to contribute to society.

 ‘90 per cent of our undergraduate students are from state schools, 23 per cent are from households with less than £10,000 annual income, and over half are the first in their family to enter Higher Education - a significant proportion of these students went on to be in the top 20% of earners at age 30.’

The Students’ Union plays a key role in this work, by providing social, cultural, recreational, and sporting opportunities for our students. We help them to form communities and support networks to keep them on track during their studies. We help them to develop the skills they need to succeed in life after university, though leadership and community volunteering opportunities.

Queen Mary Students Union is a registered charity and is governed by a Board of Trustees. We currently have vacancies for External Trustees from our local community to join our Board. As the University continues its developments in the local community with the announcement of the new Barts Life Sciences campus to be built in Whitechapel, the Students’ Union is writing its new Strategic Plan setting out how it will change to engage with this, and other opportunities, over the next five years.

Whatever you background and experience, this is your opportunity to help us shape the future of our student communities and how they better connect with our local community.

We will provide full training and support on the role and responsibilities of a Trustee, and the work of the Students’ Union. As a Trustee you will contribute the benefit of your life experiences, enthusiasm, and a willingness to both challenge and support us in our work. If you have never considered being a Trustee before, challenge yourself in 2021 and help us change for the better!

Whilst we are particularly keen to receive applications from people with legal or financial skills, these are not essential - we will consider all applications based upon what you can bring to the role.

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