Student Trustee

Applications for 2018/19 student trustees have now closed. We will look to recruit more student trustees in Semester 2 of the 2018/19 academic year.


You can find out more information about the Guild and being a trustee on these pages.

If you would like further information about the Guild you can find the Trustees' Annual Report and Accounts for the past year here, and you can find our governing documents and key policies here.

Trustees of the Guild are expected to be aware of and abide by the Nolan Principles of public life.


Sean TurnerThank you for your interest in becoming one of our Student Trustees. We’re delighted you want to join us and act on behalf of other students to improve their time at the University of Liverpool.

One these pages you will find all the information you need to apply for this important role.

This role is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants to make a lasting contribution to student life and help improve the Guild for students.

As a trustee of the Guild you will gain experience of running an organisation at board-level, make sure the Guild works for students, direct our strategy and play a pivotal role in an organisation that is run by students for students.

We’re keen to recruit people who can think strategically, critically evaluate complex issues and consider all the details. If this sounds like you then send in your application for a chance to take on this exciting role.

Best of luck,

Sean Turner

Guild President and Chair of the Board of Trustees

The Guild

Liverpool Guild of Students is the students’ union of the University of Liverpool and a registered charity. All students at the University of Liverpool automatically become members of the Guild of Students when they join the university and it’s our job to make sure they enjoy their time with us. They deserve the best and we make sure they are at the heart of everything we do.

We offer:

  • Opportunities to boost students’ skills. We have over 200 student-run societies which they can get involved in, not to mention our super volunteering programmes and student-staff roles.
  • A fun and vibrant place where students can try new things and meet new people. There’s our Give it a Go trips, live music gigs and whole host of other good quality, affordable services which they can take advantage of.
  • Support whenever students need us. Whether they need help to settle in or support during their studies, we’re here for them and pride ourselves on being a friendly, helpful bunch and quick and easy to contact.
  • Campaigning for positive change. We are a democratic organisation and we listen to students to fight for the things which matter most to them. Our democracy structure - Change It - gives every student the chance to have their say and shape their university experience. As our logo suggests, we fly the flag for all students and provide effective representation, and we make sure we're the University’s critical friend.

Our Members

We have over 24,000 members who the students of the University of Liverpool. All students are members of the Guild while they remain students at the University however they have the ability to opt-out should they wish to.

Governance Structure

We are a democratic organisation. All of our students are able to influence how we are run through standing in elections to become Student Officers, becoming Student Trustees or through Change It and Guild Summit.

We also gather information from students involved in activity groups, from student representatives across all three faculties, and from the broader student population. In addition the Guild is committed to the use of digital communication in order to create a constant two-way dialogue, which is supplemented by ongoing face-to-face communication with our members. We are an organisation run by students and which acts on their behalf.

The Board of Trustees

As a charitable organisation we are governed by a Board of Trustees who have the ultimate responsibility for everything we do. There are twelve Trustees who include the four elected student officers, four external trustees who are appointed for their skills and experience, and four student trustees who are appointed from within the student body.

The Board of Trustees is chaired by the Guild President.

Strategic Plan

The Guild's current strategic plan runs until 2019; it sets out the key goals of the Guild over several years. Over the next two years the Guild will be forming a new strategic plan for post-2019, you can see the Guild’s current strategic plan here.

The Role of a Trustee

Be an active and vocal member of our Board of Trustees who are responsible for making sure students are at the heart of everything we do, and for setting the strategy of the organisation. It also approves all policy, our annual budget, and monitors organisational performance. The Trustee Board’s remit is summarised as:

  1. Strategic planning
  2. Financial oversight
  3. Safeguarding the reputation of the organisation
  4. Monitoring and evaluating the performance of staff, services and activities
  5. Supporting the Chief Executive
  6. Ensuring effective risk management
  7. Ensuring comprehensive ongoing student consultation
  8. Promoting the active involvement of students
  9. Ensuring effective election/selection, induction and appraisal of Trustee Board members
  10. Considering updates and reports
  11. Any other duties required by charity law, company law and the Education Act 1994, inter alia

Term of Office

Student trustees are appointed for a term of up to two years (running from 1st August to July 31st) but you will stop being a trustee on leaving the university if this is sooner.


The Board of Trustees will usually meet five times each year, usually on Thursday evenings during teaching weeks. There is also an away day held during the summer vacation. Trustees may also sit on a committee which have varying levels of commitment. All meeting times are agreed with the Board at the start of each year.

Board members should be available by email to receive notice of meetings and board papers as well as to make urgent decisions which may arise between meetings.

As we are an incorporated charity, our Trustees are non-executive directors and registered with Companies House. You must be willing and legally able to become a trustee & company director under both charity and company law.

Trustees will be expected to read all board papers in advance of the meeting and contribute in a constructive and open way. We expect board members to add to the conversation on all strategic decisions we make and abide by the Trustees’ Code of Conduct.

Trustees must also attend the mandatory training sessions; training is provided to all new members so that the board is fully inducted and ready to perform its duties.


Trustees cannot be paid however they are entitled to be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred during their duties as a trustee in line with Guild policies, such as UK travel and accommodation costs for trustees not based in Liverpool.

Why be a Trustee?

Being a trustee is a valuable and rewarding experience. You’ll get to make a lasting difference and influence how the Guild is run. It’s also an excellent opportunity to develop your skills; you‘ll gain board-level experience in decision making, teamwork, communication and planning; you’ll learn about management of finances, people and strategy - all of which will look great on your CV.

As a student we recognise that you might not have extensive experience and we will provide the support and training you need to be an effective trustee. You will receive an induction to learn more about the Guild, charities, finance and the role of a charity trustee and you will be partnered with one of our co-opted trustees for additional support.


"Hello, I’m Polly and I’ve been a student trustee for the last two years. I’m currently studying graduate-entry medicine, but completed a degree at Liverpool before this – so I’ve been able to see how the Guild has changed dramatically over the last six years!

I often get asked “what’s a trustee?” when I tell my friends I’m off to a Board meeting. Throughout the year, the Board of Trustees reviews how the Guild is working and how we can improve things for students. We make sure the organisation is carrying out its charitable aims, while listening to exciting reports concerning society events, renovations in the building and bars, PR and our relationship with the University.

No doubt this is also a fantastic addition to your CV: sitting on the Board of a multi-million pound charity and learning invaluable skills. There is also the opportunity to sit on other committees which look into things such as finances and governance – both things I wouldn’t have thought I’d be able to gain experience in before this! You can also take part in events like the Guild Awards, and even help create the winners shortlists. I would thoroughly recommend the role to any student who is passionate about the Guild and making a difference."

Polly Thompson, Student Trustee

Person Specification

The Guild is keen to consider applications from individuals with a range of experience to compliment the skills of the Board. As a student we expect that you may not have previous work experience, but you should be able to demonstrate personal qualities and experiences that would make you a successful member of the board.

You must be a Full Member of the Guild in 2018/19 to be considered for the position of student trustee.

We believe the following competencies are vital to being an effective trustee of the Guild; you should be able to provide examples of how you meet these competencies in your application form:

  • Ability to critically evaluate
  • Ability to network and influence
  • Communications skills
  • Attention to detail in the context of strategic decision making
  • Ability to make rational and objective decisions.

You should also be aware of, and be able to abide by the Nolan principles of public life.


There are strict conditions placed on charity trustees by law and all applicants must declare that they are eligible to become a charity trustee. The legal restrictions are as follows:

  • You must be over the age of 16 years;
  • You must not be subject to a disqualification order under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986;
  • You must not be disqualified from acting as a Charity Trustee by the Charities Act 2011;
  • You must not have been removed from trusteeship of a charity by the Courts or the Charity Commission;
  • You must not be an undischarged bankrupt or subject to a Debt Relief Order;
  • You must not have an unspent conviction for an offence involving deception or dishonesty (unless the conviction is spent in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974); and
  • You may not be employed by Liverpool Guild of Students (including student staff) while you are a trustee; you may apply but if successful you would have to cease employment before taking up the post.

As part of the recruitment process we will ask you to sign a declaration that you are legally entitled to become a Trustee and commit the required time.