Who we are
Our purpose is to put our students first. We aspire to be the best student union in Scotland so that our amazing students receive the experience they deserve. We want to have fun, are open to change and empower our students to make a difference.
We do this by representing, supporting, advising and promoting the interests, health and welfare of students at Heriot-Watt University. We are a charitable company limited by guarantee and run charitable and commercial services including an advice centre, bar, shop and café.
We are about to launch our new and ambitious strategic plan and over the next few years will be designing and building a new student union centre where we will operate bigger and better services for our students. This is an exciting time of transformation and we need people like you to help us on this journey.
We are a democratic organisation which means we have elected student parliament, including four paid full time student officers who are also trustees and directors. We have a career staff team of about 35 and a senior management team of four, led by the Chief Executive Officer. Our turnover is in the region of £3.3M with a block grant of nearly £560k and the remainder made up of commercial income.
Our external trustees come from different backgrounds and bring experience in a range of areas including finance; students and the university sector; human resources and project management. We are looking for highly motivated and passionate people to join this team.
What sort of person are we looking for?
We want people who have an interest in and passion for, making a difference. The student union is about to embark on a new and ambitious strategy as well as launch a new brand. We are also in the early stages of designing a new student union building and want people who are ready to challenge status quo thinking so that we can create something unique and long lasting.
We are looking to appoint two trustees and are particularly keen to hear from people with any of the following skills Growing commercial income and/or entrepreneurialism, Charity governance, Capital projects or Finance and investments
We would particularly welcome applications from minority ethnic groups.
What’s in it for you?
As a trustee you will receive training to fulfil your duties as well as opportunities to network with other trustees across the UK. You’ll also have the opportunity to become a mentor to one of our elected full time officers, working one to one with our student leaders to help them achieve their potential.
You’ll also be part of leading an organisation through an exciting transformation and helping the student union achieve its goal to be the best.