The Union is a student-led organisation, established in 1861 and represents all students at the University of Manchester.

Everything we do is driven by students, from leading campaigns which push social attitudes to volunteering in the local community, to helping students have a great social life. We believe in a world where every student is able to shape their own experiences and the world around them to set them up for a great future.

We are an ambitious and transformative educational charity, working every day to improve the lives of current and future students. We are proud to be the largest students’ union in the country, with 40,000 members, at a university ranked 29th best in the world, and 6th best in the UK. The University of Manchester is a prestigious red brick university and is also a member of the Russell Group: a select network of leading research-intensive universities in the UK. 

The Union has a long and proud history of campaigning on issues that matter, changing social attitudes and building thousands of active citizens. Our board of trustees is charged with ensuring everything we do is for the benefit of and shaped by our students.


We’re looking for a credible leader with demonstrable experience of supporting organisations at board level. We need you to be enthusiastic about our work and advocate for us in the outside world. We need you to be able to support and challenge our student leaders and our senior staff to drive us to the next stage of our development. We have a stretching strategy to take us into the next decade, and you’ll support us to deliver every one of our ambitions.

We also need the following:

•  Knowledge and experience of the way charities are governed

•  A willingness to gain knowledge about the work of the Students’ Union and developments in Higher Education

•  Adding perspective about the impact of the Trustee Board’s decisions upon the student body at Manchester.

This is an ideal opportunity for someone who wants to lead us to meet and overcome major financial challenges in common with the rest of the sector and the high street at large. We face many challenges including ensuring our commercial services are financially sustainable and meeting the needs of our members and customers.