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Governance Support Options

There is a range of support available to unions seeking to develop effective governance from NUS, expert preferred suppliers and our partner organisations

Online Trustee training and induction

This U-learn training offers self-study online training modules covering a basic introduction to roles and responsibilities for new trustees and support in understanding the context of students’ unions as charities.                   

Outputs: completion of training – understanding roles & responsibilities

Timeframe: 5 hours self-study                                            

In-house Trustee training and induction

NUS can deliver onsite trustee training which explores roles and responsibilities, common legal and technical issues as well as establishing shared objectives

Outputs: completion of training – understanding roles & responsibilities

Timeframe: 1 day onsite support from an NUS consultant plus preparation time

Skills and diversity audit and report

Skills and diversity audits involve surveying all trustees to understand their backgrounds as well as their skills, experiences. This information is then analysed as presented back to the board. The exercise can help to inform trustee training plans, recruitment processes or simply ensure the board is conscious of knowledge gaps and when they need to seek professional guidance.  

Outputs: Written report

Timeframe: 1.5 days support from a consultant in preparing

Board self-reflection exercise and report

NUS can support the board to reflect on its performance through a number of means including surveys, facilitated discussions and board observations. NUS would typically collate the outputs of these sessions into written reports and map findings against the good governance code.

Timeframe: These exercises typically involve a day of onsite consultancy and two days for preparation and write up.

Structures, Process and servicing review

The structures, processes and servicing of governance functions are critical to their success and a prerequisite for developing effective attitudes and behaviours. We can support unions to review the structures and processes which underpin their governance

Timeframe: 3 days on site interviews and direct support, 3 days desk research and write up

High Performing Trustee board workshop

NUS can support unions who have fully achieved the majority of sections outlined in the good governance code to hone in on areas for development. This may involve undertaking stakeholder interviews or hosting a board away day to examine research. We always ensure that findings are mapped against the good governance code and offer practical recommendations for continued development.

Timeframe: 2 months

Online Trustee training and induction

This U-learn training offers self-study online training modules covering a basic introduction to roles and responsibilities for new trustees and support in understanding the context of students’ unions as charities.                   

Timeframe: 5 hours self-study                                            

In-house Trustee training and induction

NUS can deliver onsite trustee training which explores roles and responsibilities, common legal and technical issues as well as establishing shared objectives

Timeframe: 1 day onsite support from an NUS consultant plus preparation time

Skills and diversity audit and report

Skills and diversity audits involve surveying all trustees to understand their backgrounds as well as their skills, experiences. This information is then analysed as presented back to the board. The exercise can help to inform trustee training plans, recruitment processes or simply ensure the board is conscious of knowledge gaps and when they need to seek professional guidance.  

Timeframe: 1.5 days support from a consultant in preparing

Board self-reflection exercise and report

NUS can support the board to reflect on its performance through a number of means including surveys, facilitated discussions and board observations. NUS would typically collate the outputs of these sessions into written reports and map findings against the good governance code.

Outputs: Written report and workshop

Timeframe: These exercises typically involve a day of onsite consultancy and two days for preparation and write up.

Structures, Process and servicing review

The structures, processes and servicing of governance functions are critical to their success and a prerequisite for developing effective attitudes and behaviours. We can support unions to review the structures and processes which underpin their governance

Timeframe: 3 days on site interviews and direct support, 3 days desk research and write up

High Performing Trustee board workshop

NUS can support unions who have fully achieved the majority of sections outlined in the good governance code to hone in on areas for development. This may involve undertaking stakeholder interviews or hosting a board away day to examine research. We always ensure that findings are mapped against the good governance code and offer practical recommendations for continued development.

Outputs: Written report and ongoing support

For a discussion about how NUS can support you with any one of these areas please contact us