Children's University (CU Trust)

Organisation Children's University (CU Trust)
Reference CU Trust 2017
Vacancy Type Trustee
Deadline 22nd December 2017
Region Nation Wide
Vacancy Details

Make an impact on children's future potential

Become a Children's University Trustee

We are looking for dynamic and motivated people who share the values of Children's University and are committed to the aims and objectives of CU Trust to further strengthen and diversify our charity Board.

We are particularly looking for candidates who can deepen our expertise in these key skill areas:

  • Fund-raising and securing philanthropic investment
  • Strong corporate/private sector links
  • Current education landscape
  • Digital learning/education experience
  • Stakeholder engagement and influencing
  • Strategic monitoring and evaluation

About Children's University

Children's University works nationally with children aged 5-14 to encourage, track and celebrate the learning that they do outside school. We work with more than 1,000 schools and over 15,000 learning activities to engage more than 100,000 children every year in learning beyond the curriculum. With a focus on children facing disadvantage, Children's University’s impact is shown to improve attendance, learning in school and attainment as well as boosting confidence and aspiration. CU Trust is the charity that sits at the heart of a network of more than 80 local Children’s Universities.

Here are two videos giving you a 3-dimensional perspective on the work of our charity and its impact - the first from one of our network members, the second featuring a CU child filmed by one of her school friends:


You can find out much more about our values and objectives from our candidate pack (see below) and website:

About your Motivation

We are looking for high-calibre candidates who have proven success in their own field of work and who, in addition, are passionate about:

  • social mobility 
  • the power and potential of informal education and informal skills development 
  • raising young aspirations
  • closing gaps in educational opportunity, attainment and outcome 
  • boosting the self-confidence, resilience and cultural capital of children regardless of their background
  • improving young people’s future life chances. 

About you as a Person

There is no need to have trustee experience to apply. We welcome applications from everyone irrespective of gender, age, disability, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, race or religion and belief. However, we would like to have more Board representation of women, people from ethnic minority backgrounds, younger Trustees and from the LGBTQ community, so we particularly encourage applications from these groups of people. However appointment will be based solely on merit.

How to apply

For a detailed candidate pack please email

If you would like to chat to us about the role of Trustee and to find out more about Children's University ahead of making an application please do set up a call with our Chair Richard Annandale via

To apply, please send your CV with a statement of support to Helen O'Donnell, CEO, marked confidential:

Your statement should include why you would like to become one of our Trustees, what experience you have in one or more of our identified key skill areas, and what commitment you could give to the role.

Advert Start Date 16th November 2017
Contact Telephone Number 0161 2412406
Contact Name Helen O'Donnell
Contact E-mail
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