Openness & Accountability

NUS Good Governance and Good Relationships Survey Results May 2010


Summary of the results of a survey of all students' unions and higher education institutions in England, regarding the students' union governance and the relationship between the students' union and their higher education institution. These results informed the work of the Good Governance Project and the development of the associated resources.

The importance of accountably is a key challenges for  effective SU governance – Presentation SU local 2015

This power point presentations looks at the context and landscape of SU governance and presents some key challenges for SU boards.

Clarity about the role of the Board

U-learn induction modules for students’ union trustees

Three online modules covering; Roles and responsibilities, common legal and technical issues and strategic planning are designed to offer all new trustees with a grounding in their roles and the context of a students’ union. Modules are designed as self-study for and take around 5 hours to complete, please contact us [DF1] to register.

Webinar: Managing transitions on SU boards

This 2015 webinar hosted a conversation between SU trustees and governance professionals who will aim to unpick some of the challenges presented by the high turnover of students’ union trustee boards and discuss some of the best practice in terms of managing this and turning this potential challenge into a positive force for unions.

Being a Students Union Officer 2015[DF2] 


Students’ union officers are change makers, activists, supporters, developers, leaders, trustees and many more incarnations. Officers must move from one set of actions and behaviours to another. This guide will describe the habits and functions of successful officers.

Trustee Responsibilities and Governance Models for Students Unions in England and Wales 2005


This is one of the first documents published in relations to trusteeship and Students’ Unions. The purpose of this guidance is to explain to students’ unions their options in respect of the governance models that they choose. It helped to underpin the current structures which exist in students’ Unions. The most important principle is that students’ unions should be student-led and that the governance of student’ unions should promote student involvement, student scrutiny and accountability.