External Trustee

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 30th September 2021

  • Advertised from 1st September 2021


Edinburgh University Students’ Association has an exciting opportunity to join the Board of Trustees as an External Trustee.

Please note that the role of External Trustee is an unpaid volunteer position.

Trustees play a vital leadership role at the Students’ Association, ensuring that we are governed effectively; establishing and monitoring strategy; and ensuring we are true to our values, keeping our student members at the heart of everything we do.

This is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in the running of the Students’ Association during a period of significant change. We are at a relatively early stage of our 2020-25 Strategic Plan, which aspires for us to transform into a high performing students’ union, highly valued by our members, with service transformation key to our future success. COVID 19 has had a significant impact on our services, staff, and how we support our members, and we have some structural and financial challenges to address, whilst still remaining committed to our strategic ambitions to 2025. Ensuring we can adapt and continue to represent, support and remain relevant to our membership of the 40,000 students at the University of Edinburgh in the current context is our biggest challenge for the year ahead.

“From my own first meeting as a Trustee, I’ve seen how important it is to be working alongside Student Trustees. When we, as a Board, are considering our finances, strategic purpose and direction, it is crucial we have colleagues around the table whose contributions are informed by personal experience of being students at Edinburgh today. Student Trustees also bring their wider experience to bear in our discussions, and there have been many occasions on which student colleagues’ academic background, work history and volunteering experience have been invaluable in informing specific aspects of our strategic leadership of a large and vibrant student-led Association.”

- Current External Trustee

For further information, please visit our website

Application notes

Closing date: 30 September 5pm

If you have any questions please email Sarah Purves (Director of Membership, Engagement & People Development) sarah.purves@eusa.ed.ac.uk.

For a full job description and person specification, please download our External Trustee Candidate Pack