Recruiting two new USF Trustees

News Recruitment 9th December 2020

Deadline for applications: 5th March 2021 (23:59 GMT).

The Urban Studies Foundation (USF) seeks to recruit up to two new Trustees to sit on its Board, one to commence from Summer 2021 and one from January 2022.

The USF is an increasingly well-known major charitable body involved in the support of urban studies research and education. Originally founded in Glasgow (2008), the USF now has a global reach for its investments, including knowledge transfer, exchange and mobilisation. Through their active engagement in such activities, and participation in Board meetings, Trustees play a crucial and responsible role in the strategies, policies and financial decisions of USF. More information about the USF can be obtained from the About section of our website.

Further particulars about the roles, profile and person specification of a Trustee Board Member can be found to download here, along with further information about the selection process. Applicants should also ensure that they understand the duties of a charity Trustee as detailed by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). Additional information can be sought by contacting the USF Director of Operations, Joe Shaw (, but applicants should also feel free to speak informally with other current Board Members.

Mindful of the existing composition of the Board of Trustees, the USF particularly welcomes qualified applications from women and people of racial or ethnic backgrounds not currently represented on the Board. Additionally, following a skills audit of the current Board, the USF also particularly welcomes applications from individuals with (a) proven expertise in African cities, and/or (b) proven skills and experience in financial administration and planning for charities and other research organisations.

Individuals wishing to apply for a position as USF Board Member should upload and submit the following materials via this online form by March 5th 2021:

  1. A covering letter (pdf format, no more than 2 pages, maximum size 5mb) explaining why you wish to be considered for a position as Member on the USF Board of Trustees, and detailing your relevant experience/achievements in the field of ‘the urban’ (academically and/or in terms of public policy/civic engagement).
  2. A CV (pdf format, no more than 5 pages, maximum size 5mb), in which it must be easy to pick out the dimensions of your ‘urban’ experience and achievement, academically or otherwise.
  3. Contact details for two referees, who should be prepared to provide letters of recommendation if requested. Referees should be either senior academics in the field of urban studies, or individuals working in other areas of urban policy, practice and industry (as relevant to the candidate).
  4. Applicants to all USF funding, employment and governance positions are also invited to complete an anonymous Diversity and Equality survey, which will be automatically sent to all candidates after completing the application form.


Questions regarding the role of USF Trustee and the application process should be directed to the USF Director of Operations, Joe Shaw:

Apply here now!

Further Particulars (.pdf)