Edinburgh College Students’ Association

About Edinburgh College Students’ Association

Edinburgh College Students’ Association (ECSA) represents the 27,000 students of Edinburgh College: ECSA works in partnership with college management, the Scottish Government and is a member of the National Union of Students (NUS). 

ECSA covers all campuses of the college and have offices in each of the main four. They’re run by a team of four sabbatical officers and a team of dedicated ECSA staff. ECSA has one President and three Vice-Presidents who cover the remits of Education, Welfare and Women.  The officers are responsible for working across all of Edinburgh College on all campuses and work closely with the volunteer Executive Officers and Liberation Groups. 

ECSA also runs Liberation groups. They exist to ensure that we represent the diverse population of Edinburgh College effectively. They represent groups who have historically been discriminated against, that have their own distinctive needs and have been under-represented in society. We have liberation officers on our Executive – they are LGBT Officer and Black and Minority Ethnic Officer, Women’s Officer and Disabled Students Officer.

ECSA is an affiliate to the National Union of Students and this brings many benefits for Edinburgh College students. They are the only student organisation that both the Scottish and UK Governments listen to.

ECSA also campaign for students’ rights. On top of this ECSA help run Clubs and Societies, run the Freshers’ Fair and various charity events throughout the year. Last year our students helped win over £7 million in student support funding for students across Scotland. As a measure of our success, we were also recognised as NUS Scotland and NUS UKs Further Education Union of the Year for 2013/14.

External Trustees x 2

ECSA is seeking to recruit two External Trustees to be full members of our Board, advising Student and Sabbatical Trustees, and actively contributing to the strategic leadership of the largest FE Students’ Association in the UK.

The Trustees will advise on financial, strategic and governance issues, ensuring long-term sustainability and viability for the organisation in a challenging financial climate.

The Board works with the elected student officers to direct and oversee the Students’ Association. Trustees play a valuable part in shaping the long term direction for our evolving and unique Association.  We are looking for a broad range of experience with particular interest or expertise in equalities, FE Sector, legal, charity, public sector and strategic development.

Further information is available as follows:


If you would like a confidential discussion about the role please contact Donogh O’Brien, Liam Kelly or Katy Gall on 0141 212 7555.


To apply for the role of External Trustee please provide a full CV and cover letter providing clear evidence of how you meet the requirements within the role description.  Please also outline your motivation and aspirations for the role.  Please also complete and return the monitoring form which can be downloaded here:

Your CV, covering letter and monitoring form should be emailed to Katy Gall, Project Co-ordinator, at our recruitment partners, Aspen People Limited – kgall@aspenpeople.co.uk

Please note that you will receive an acknowledgement of your application within 48 hours - if you do not receive this please contact Katy Gall.

Process dates

Application closing date: Monday 19th October 2015

Interviews for these positions are scheduled to take place on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th November 2015