Being a member of a charity board of trustees is an excellent opportunity to have oversight of the organisation and to take on some key responsibilities. As a Trustee, you must ensure RUSU is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit.
The objects of RUSU are the advancement of education of students at the University of Reading for the public benefit by:
- • Promoting the interests and welfare of students during their course of study and representing, supporting and advising students
- • Being the recognised representative channel between students and the University and any other external bodies
- • Providing social, cultural, sporting and recreational activities and forums for discussions and debate for the personal development of its students
Trustees must ensure that RUSU complies with its governing document (Articles of Association), and any regulations and laws that apply, such as Charity Law.
Trustees must always act in the best interests of RUSU, they need to ensure that:
- They make balanced and adequately informed decisions
- They avoid putting themselves in positions where there is a conflict of interest
- They do not receive any benefit from the charity unless it is properly authorised and clearly in the interests of the charity
Trustees must act responsibly, reasonably and honestly to ensure that:
- RUSU’s assets are only used to support the work of the charity
- No inappropriate risks are taken that may negatively affect RUSU’s assets or reputation
- RUSU is not over committed in terms of resources
- RUSU carefully considers any investment or borrowing
- RUSU complies with any restrictions attached to its funds
RUSU Trustees should use their skills and experience and take appropriate advice where necessary. The should also ensure that they dedicate enough time, thought and energy to the role.
RUSU Trustees must ensure that RUSU is accountable:
- Be able to demonstrate that RUSU is complying with the law, that it is well run and effective
- Ensure that it is accountable to its members
- Maintain responsibility for any authority delegated to staff, volunteers or sub committees