Students at De Montfort University (DMU) are being invited to join De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU)’s highest decision-making body as a Student Trustee.
As a registered charity, DSU’s Trustee Board is made up of industry experts, plus both past and present DMU students – including our Officer Team – to oversee the work that we do to represent your academic interests during your time at university.
Together, they help form the strategic direction of a students’ union with a gross income of more than £1million.
All members of the Trustee Board, including second-year Law and Criminal Justice LLB student Laura Toher-Hindle, volunteer their time and hold meetings around four times a year.
Laura explained: “We cover everything from the day-to-day running of the students’ union right up to [its] strategic goals and outcomes, and ensure that DSU is running efficiently.
“Student Trustees give contributions from a current student’s perspective and are there to make sure that students are put at the forefront of every decision.”
Applications for current DMU students to join the Trustee Board for 2018/19 are now open here, and close on Friday 18 May at 11:00.
Laura has been a Student Trustee at DSU for the past year.
“I would just say ‘go for it’,” Laura continued. “If the position has sparked your interest, then that shows that you are the sort of person who will be successful in the role and will bring a fresh perspective to the board.
“It is a small commitment of your time, but gives you such a high level of skills and experience – from scrutiny and finances – and it is completely invaluable to students at DMU.”
Applications will be anonymised and then passed to the Trustee Board to vote on who will join them as Student Trustees next year.
If successful, you’ll also be invited to join DSU's one-of-a-kind training course, where we also develop the skills of trustees from around the UK.
Ahtesham Mahmood, President of DSU, said in August 2017: “Students’ Union Leadership Training (SULT) is a fantastic service that DSU provides, and we are one of the only organisations to cater for such a massive part of an officer’s role; being a trustee.
“This training is imperative to enable us all to be successful leaders, and to be key players in the board room, as well as an effective voice for our student members.
“We are not just one-year, one-time leaders; this training helps us create a strong chain of people all driving towards enhancing the student experience.
To find out more – and to apply to become a Student Trustee – head to the page here before 11:00 on Friday 18 May.
Sabbatical officers from up and down the country showed off their new-found ‘trustee hats’, as well as representative, activist, and portfolio headgear at our SULT last August.