People & Planet Student trustees
Students make up over half of our governing body, The Board of Trustees (otherwise known as the BoT), that oversees the work that People & Planet does. The Board of Trustees guides the long-term planning, finances and legal existence of People & Planet and oversees all the work the organisation does to make that sure it’s working in the best interests of student campaigners.
People & Planet Democracy
People & Planet strives to be student-led by:
- supporting campaigns that our student network has democratically chosen;
- providing skills training to empower students to run the campaigns of their choice; and
- having over 50% student representation on our Board of Trustees.
Elected student trustees
Students are elected on to our governing body, The Board of Trustees (otherwise know as BoT), that oversees the work that People & Planet does. Over half of the BoT members are elected student representatives, ensuring that the organisation continues to work in the best interest of the student network. BoT elections are held every February.
The Board of Trustees guides the long-term planning, finances and legal existence of People & Planet. The BoT works to oversee all the work the organisation does, and to make that sure it’s working in the best interests of student campaigners. This is why having a majority of student trustees around the table is so important: you know what’s affecting activism in your universities and colleges first-hand.
The Board of Trustees currently meets four times a year, and all members should attend the meetings. Office staff are also invited along to meetings in an advisory capacity and to present and get feedback on our campaign strategies and movement building initiatives.
Nominate yourself to be a student trustee
If you would like to steer amazing campaigns like Fossil Free, Sweatshop Free and Undoing Borders, and gain invaluable experience shaping a radical organisation, this is the role for you. Each year, around February People & Planet network elect new students trustees, each for a 2 year term.
Nominations are open all year round, and you can withdraw at any time. To nominate yourself, fill out the box on this page.
People & Planet particularly encourages nominations from women, people from ethnic minority backgrounds, people with disabilities, people with dependents or caring responsibilities and other groups typically under-represented in campaigning organisations. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable any Trustee to fulfill their role on our Board.
We are deeply committed to equality, diversity, liberation and social justice and we welcome nominations from anyone who shares these values. We find that people with diverse perspectives and experiences improve and refresh the way People & Planet works and we welcome news ideas and ways of working.
"Being a student trustee at People & Planet is a fantastic experience. I believe passionately that People & Planet is an organisation like no other, and the impact it has on young people is unmatched in social and climate justice campaigning. That's why I find it incredibly exciting and enjoyable being part of a team responsible for ensuring that People & Planet can continue this amazing work. As a new trustee I received an induction and I find the time commitment is just right so really I would recommend anyone who is interested to apply." Nat Shiers, student trustee 2016-18
"I joined the Board of Trustees (BoT) in 2015, and since then I have greatly enjoyed being part of the discussions which help steer People & Planet's campaigning. As a student trustee, you are a representative of the network of students across the UK, and it is your responsibility to both put forward the views and needs of the network, and also to feedback to them on the discussions and decisions undertaken at BoT meetings. I would highly recommend standing for a position on the Board of Trustees, and contributing to the democratic processes which make People & Planet truly student-led." Olivia McLaughlin - student trustee
Who can nominate themselves to be a student trustee?
Anyone who is currently a student at a UK university or FE college and is involved in People & Planet on their campus can nominate themselves to be a student trustee. You don’t need to be part of an official People & Planet society on your campus, if you help run the Fossil Free, Divest Barclays, Sweatshop Free or Undoing Borders campaign on your campus (even if part of a different society) then you can nominate yourself. You have to be a current student when you nominate yourself but not for your two years as a student trustee (eg. you can nominate yourself to be a student trustee in your final year of university and be a student trustee for the next two years)
What does being a student trustee involve?
As a student trustee you are expected to attend 4 Board of Trustee meetings each year that take place in different locations around the UK. BoT meetings normally take place on a Saturday daytime. People & Planet cover your travel expenses to and from these meetings. Outside of the BoT meetings you can choose to support different bits of work that People & Planet do, whether your interest is in fundraising, campaign strategy or growing the network.
How do the elections work?
Anyone who is currently a student at a UK university or FE college and is involved in People & Planet on their campus are eligible to vote. Voting is done online. Look out for more information nearer the elections in February on how to vote
Voting is done using proportional representation, using the Single Transferable Vote system which is a system of ranking candidates in order of preference so that the candidates with the broadest support win. Check out this short video from Southampton Students' Union which explains the Single Transferable Vote system in 2 minutes with Homer Simpson!
When will I find out the results?
The results will be available to see on our social media, normally the day after the voting closes.
What happens if I win?
People & Planet will be in contact with you soon after to talk about your induction, which will be a one day training day. You also be notified of the first Board of Trustee meeting that you are expected to attend.
"I really enjoyed and learnt so much from being a People & Planet student trustee, including spending a year and a half as Chair of the Board. It's a great opportunity to strengthen links between grassroots campaigning and governance of the national network and provide student leadership on the strategic direction of P&P's campaigning and organising. It also gave me the skills and confidence to apply to P&P's internship program through which I now coordinate the Fossil Free campaign nationally." Chris Saltmarsh - student trustee 2015-17