Students' Forum is the democratic forum put in place so that every student can suggest and influence key policies that shape the Union.
Students' Forum is the space for Goldsmiths students to suggest and influence key policies that shape the Union and our work. Held regularly throughout the year, Students' Forum is led by all Full-Time and Part-Time Officers who give updates on their current projects and it's open to all students who wish to join, contribute and hold to account the SU and the Officers who they have elected.
This meeting is also the home of change, where any student can bring forward a motion (an agenda of action for the Union to act upon) to be discussed and debated by every student at the meeting. All motions will then go online to be voted on by the whole student body. If passed, motions become policies: see our list of existing policy. If you want to see a change in the Union this is the place to make it happen.
You can find the zoom details for the next event in May here. Our next Students' Forum will look specifically at the topic 'Discussing the BME Awarding Gap' and we will be joined by an expert panel to discuss the topic and the motions submitted by students like you!
The university has produced two papers on this topic – the first in 2018-19 showed there was a 15.9% gap difference between Black and white students getting a first class degree award, the second paper, which was recently completed, shows there is now a 22.3% difference between Black and white students getting a first in 2019-20. You can also see our official response to the BME gap here.
You do not need to submit a motion to join the Forum. Students are both welcome to just come to listen to the discussion or to share their own perspective on this important matter and decide, democratically, how the SU should act in the future.
So how do I submit a motion?
If you have something you want to change you can submit your own motion - but you must do this before the meeting itself so it can be approved by the Union Chair. We accept motion submissions the week prior to each Students’ Forum.
SUBMIT A MOTION
If you are planning to submit a motion we recommend that you read this guidance on ‘How to Submit a Motion’.
If you have any additional questions or queries about Students’ Forum, motions or voting please email email@example.com.
Have a read here of our 'How to submit a motion' guide.
How can I get involved?
Watch the debates live
We invite all students to attend the Students’ Forums online - it is your space to make change to your university experience so if you’re interested in the work that we do at the Students Union or passionate about a specific topic then feel free to tune in and listen to Officer accountability speeches, motion submissions and a debates.
Each Students’ Forum is framed around a particular topic that we feel needs attention by our SU and Officer team. You can join in by attending the forum, sharing your experiences or even submitting your own motion. 'Submitting a motion' may sound complicated but it just means suggesting how we make change by creating a new policy. If other people who attend agree with you they can vote for your policy to get passed. All new policies that get passed at Forum must then be worked on by the SU and Officer team.
SU President Joe Leam submitting a motion at Students' Forum in October 2019
What dates will Students' Forum take place this year?
23rd November: open motion submission
1st December: Students' Forum event, 5pm- 7pm
13th January: open motion submission
20th January: Students' Forum event, 5-7pm
March - POSTPONED
10th March: open motion submission
17th March: Students' Forum event, 5-7pm
5th May: open motion submission
19th May: Students' Forum event, 5-7pm