The Carnegie Trust is seeking to recruit a number of Trustees with the right experience and skills to ensure our organisation continues to develop and provide relevant and sustainable funding opportunities for the students and academic members of staff of the Scottish universities.

About the Trust

thumb Carnegie Honorary DoctorateEstablished in 1901 under a Trust Deed signed by Andrew Carnegie, the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland aims to provide “funds for improving and extending the opportunities for scientific study and research in the Universities of Scotland”.

For over a century, the Trust has funded student fees, scholarships, bursaries and research grants. With annual funding of around £2.5 million, the Trust operates across all academic disciplines to encourage wider access to higher education and further research in the Scottish universities.

About the role

Members of the Board of Trustees are responsible collectively for ensuring that the Trust successfully and effectively delivers its mission and values and operates in a manner consistent with its objectives – as laid out in its Royal Charter.  Trustees play an important role in the setting of the Trust’s strategy, organisational policy and performance evaluation.  In addition, Trustees act as ambassadors, representing the Trust with external bodies and at outside events or functions.  We are therefore looking for people with broad experience, probity, and proven judgement.

The role of Trustees is unremunerated but reasonable travel expenses can be claimed for attending Board or committee meetings and for carrying out business on behalf of the Trust.

The Board of Trustees meets three times a year at present – generally on Friday mornings in February, May and October.  The Audit Committee meets once a year and the Investment Committee three times a year.

Appointments will be for three years in the first instance.

Trustee specifications


  • Representative of the diversity of the wider community and potential beneficiaries of the Trust
  • Interest in Higher Education
  • Understanding of the Trust’s work and remit
  • Experience of strategic planning
  • Appreciation of the Trust’s values and willingness to contribute to their implementation and development
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Leadership experience


  • Familiarity with charities regulation
  • Senior operational or financial management experience
  • Experience of monitoring and evaluating funding outcomes
  • Experience in a governance role (e.g. as a Trustee or Director) or as senior executive (Board level)

Specific areas of expertise that would be welcomed

  • Experience working with/in government at a senior level
  • Investment management
  • Legal
  • Accounting/audit
  • Fundraising and philanthropy

Application process

All informal enquiries about this role may be made to Prof Andy Walker, Secretary & Treasurer, on 01383 724 990 or by email to:

To express an interest in becoming a trustee please send a CV, a brief covering letter (no more than one side of A4) explaining how you meet the specification for this role, and a completed copy of the Equal Opportunities form by email to Dr Patricia Krus,

Download the Equal Opportunities

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The closing date for receipt of application is 5th January 2016, 5.00 pm.

Applicants will be notified by 8th February if they have been shortlisted for interview.  Interviews are expected to take place at Andrew Carnegie House in Dunfermline during the month of February.

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