We are seeking an inspirational and future-focused leader who can identify and deliver growth and work with student leaders to help us enrich the lives of students in the University of Glasgow.
This means we’re looking for someone to expand our vision, lead cultural change and deliver our ambitious objectives. You will have a proven track-record in leading change and strategic growth at Senior Management level in a students’ union, membership / voluntary organisation or social enterprise.
Our ideal candidate will be able to communicate, develop and maintain relationships effectively with stakeholders including elected student leaders, Trustees and University colleagues. You will be able to operate credibly at Board level, offering support and challenge as needed. Financial acumen and knowledge of good governance is also essential.
We are an independent, student-led organisation, with a rich and proud heritage. We were founded in 1890, as the Queen Margaret College, with a goal of giving women the opportunity to gain an education – something that was then missing from the academic community. We have a long history of providing activities and events for students of the University of Glasgow.
We are a progressive and inclusive organisation, going through a process of change that will enable us to build our capacity and success in the future. The organisation has enormous potential, and with the right leadership provides an opportunity to be part of a change project that will make a difference to the lives of thousands of students and build a lasting legacy for the future.
The people who are involved in the QMU are our greatest asset and we are proud to be a student-led organisation that is an important part of student life at the University of Glasgow. We are seeking an Interim Finance Trustee to join our Board for an initial period of 12- to 18- months to support us through a period of major change and turnaround.
It is amazing, and we’re very grateful, that you want to share your experience, knowledge and skills to develop our organisation and we really welcome your interest.
This is an important time to be a Trustee of the QMU. We were founded in 1890, originally as Queen Margaret College. Our original goal was to give women the opportunity to gain an education – something that was then missing from the academic community. We have a long history of providing activities and events for our members who are students of the University of Glasgow.
We exist to provide opportunities and support for our members, whilst also giving them a place to relax, socialise and be themselves. Everything we do is for students, by students. Our turnover is currently c.£1m p/a and we employ 49 staff (some of whom are full-time and salaried, some who are part-time student workers). Our commercial revenue, like many students’ unions has been in decline over recent years, falling from c.£2.6m in 2006.
Following an external diagnostic, which identified a number of strategic risks, the Union is entering a period of development which will result in a new strategic plan for 2019 onwards. This planning process will require change to be formed around our approach to student engagement, partnership working and governance with a desire to increase overall impact for students.
An initial change plan has been put in place and it has been identified that we need to strengthen our governance to ensure effective delivery of that plan.
We’re looking for someone like you who can help unlock the potential already existing within the QMU to complete this significant change project. You’ll help us deliver a Students’ Union that is fit for the future, outward looking and has a major impact within the University and communities that we operate within. If you are successful in your application, you will have the opportunity to help oversee our change programme and ensure that we are delivering the kind of high-quality services that Glasgow students need and deserve.