Edinburgh University Students’ Association is a charity and a company limited by guarantee. We are also a student-led membership organisation – all University of Edinburgh students are members.
Our Trustee Board provides oversight, and has ultimate responsibility for effective operation of the organisation.
The Trustee Board at the Students' Association has ultimate responsibility for ensuring good governance, and that the organisation has a clear purpose and strategy, operates legally, and is financially viable. Our Trustee Board is made up of elected, and appointed people:
Five elected Sabbatical Officer Trustees (President; Vice President Education; Vice President Community; Vice President Welfare; Vice President Activities & Services);
Four Student Trustees, appointed through a recruitment process, to bring diversity to the Board.
Three External Trustees, who are appointed based on skills, experience and abilities.
The Chief Executive supports the effective operation of the Trustee Board. The Students' Association’s Senior Management team also attend meetings of the Trustee Board, providing reports, information and advice as required. The President chairs the Trustee Board.
To ensure the Trustee Board can carry out its business effectively, there are four sub-committees, which have been established to provide more detailed scrutiny and discussion of key areas of the Board’s remit.
Each sub-committee includes sabbatical, student and external trustees, plus one additional external volunteer to provide additional experience and perspective, and relevant staff are also in attendance.
To ensure the roles of the Trustee Board, subcommittees, and the Students' Association staff are clear, our Delegation of Authority document details the responsibilities of each group. Through this, the Trustee Board delegates responsibility for carrying out some of its work to subcommittees, senior staff and staff teams within the Association.
The role of Elected Representatives
The Students' Association is run for students by students and has developed a democratic structure
designed to ensure that the views of our members are heard and represented effectively.
Each year, members elect five Sabbatical Officers and dozens of student representatives
to lead the Students’ Association and represent the interests of students to the University and beyond.
The elected student leadership works closely with the Students' Association’s staff to ensure the continued development of our services and activities and to deliver our vision and strategic objectives.
The Students' Association also employs 140 full time and around 500 part time staff to provide support for the activities of the association. There is a formal staff structure led by the Chief Executive.
Governance by the University of Edinburgh and Charity Law
Under the Education Act 1994 the University of Edinburgh ensures that the Students' Association operates in a fair and democratic manner and is accountable for its finances. There is a code of practice that sets out how the University does this. This can be accessed here.
Charity Law also has implications for how the Students' Association can behave, a guide is available to students here.
If you have further questions about the Students Association, contact us
by email, telephone or visit the team at our offices in Potterrow.