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What are Student Union Elections? 

Every year students, like yourself, get to choose which of your fellow students are elected as the new Officer team at Goldsmiths SU. It’s your chance to speak up and choose who you would like to represent you in the coming academic year and take control of your student experience. 

Sound good? Nominate yourself


What are the roles open for Nominations?

Voluntary Part Time Roles

2x Student Trustees, 1x Union Chair, 6x Liberation Officers, 2x NUS Delegates.

Paid Full Time Roles

SU Presidents, Education Officer, Campaigns and Activities Officer, Welfare and Liberation Officer.

If you’re interested in running for a position, it’s really simple, all you have to do is put yourself forward, share your manifesto, and ask students to vote for you! 

What is a Union Chair?

Union Chair is the chair of Union Council, the body that holds elected officers to account. Union Chair also hears democratic complaints and has a role in ensuring the Union's Code of Conduct is upheld.

The role of Union Chair is a part-time, voluntary position and can be done by any current student of Goldsmiths.


Duties and responsibilities:

  • To chair Student Executive committee (Four meetings a year).

  • To attend College Council meetings and any relevant sub-committees.

  • To attend all officer training sessions offered by the SU.

What is a Student Trustee?

Student Trustees sit on the Board of Directors for the Union. Trustees are not be involved in day to day affairs, but take an overview of how the Union is performing, both financially and in delivering services to students. Trustees are responsible for:

The overall role of the Board is to ensure that the Union is well run, meeting its aims and working within the legal and constitutional framework laid down.

  • making sure the decisions that the Union makes are in the best interest of the Union and its members

  • Setting the long term plans and direction of the Union

  • Ensuring the Union works within the law and constitution

  • Over the academic year, you will be asked to:
  • Attend about 4 Board meetings a year

  • Prepare for Board meetings by reading through materials and Board papers beforehand

  • Attend the annual Members’ meeting of the Union, where the trustees’ report will be presented to students

  • Keep in regular contact by email and phone with the other Trustees and provide feedback and input on issues when they arise

What is a Liberation Officer?

Liberation Part Time Officers are voluntary roles on campus, elected by student, to represent their community. There are six different roles; BME Officer, Disabilities Officer, International Officer, LGBTQ+ Officer, Trans & Non-Binary Officer and Women's Officer. We ask that all students self-define into these liberation groups if they wish to run or vote in these categories.

We ask that all nominees have some extracurricular time free in their schedule in order to make the most out of this position. However, we understand finding time to campaign can be difficult - these positions are fully supported by SU staff for this reason.

The main obligations are;

  • Attending an initial training session to set expectations for the role and the year ahead

  • Running events with and for the Liberation Networks.

  • Attending and participating in Part Time Officer meetups, networking opportunities and training.

  • Leading the relevant Liberation Network.

What is an NUS Delegate?

Goldsmiths SU has two delegate places for the National Union of Students Conference 2023. One of these places is reserved for the SU President, meaning the remaining two are vacant and to be elected.

To run for this position, you must be available to attend the conference which will be conducted virtually. The exact date may change.

Role of NUS Delegate:

  • Represent Goldsmiths students and the Students’ Union on a national scale, including ensuring policy that we have passed locally is furthered at a national level if the opportunity arises.

  • Scrutinise the NUS, the work of its national officers and proposals for new campaigns and stances.

  • Participate in the democracy of our national union and the biggest gathering of students in Europe.

  • Report back to Goldsmiths on what happened and build long lasting links back to campus.

What is a Sabbatical Officer?

Sabbatical Officers (SABBs for short) are students elected leaders of Goldsmiths Students Union. They are here to represent you and are an influential voice here to make your student experience the best it can be.

No two days are ever the same here. One minute you could be hosting an event with the local community the next you could be meeting with senior leaders of the College to discuss the real issues and challenges that students face. 

As an Sabbatical Officer you could:

  • Work with students on issues that matter the most to them.

  • Meet with University leaders, local leaders and beyond to improve the Goldsmiths Student experience.

  • Network with other SU leaders across London and beyond to learn and share tips.

  • Lead major SU campaigns, both inherited campaigns or your own.

… and that’s just what could happen in an afternoon

Did we mention? 

A Sabbatical Officer role is a full-time, paid position!

You’ll get holiday leave as well as additional College closure days over festive periods. Did you know that you can also Nominate yourself no matter what stage you’re currently at in your course, first year to post-grad - international student or UK based, everyone is welcome to nominate themselves. 

You’ll be the leaders of change over the course of the 23-24 academic year!

We don’t expect you to have lots of experience in a similar position, just a passion to support your peers and improve the student experience.

Key Dates



Nominations Open

01/02/23, Noon

Nominations Close

01/03/23, Noon

Manifesto & Election Video

08/03/23, Noon

Voting Opens

13/03/23, Noon

Candidate Question Time

14/03/23, 4pm

Voting Closes

16/03/23, 5pm

Results Night

17/03/23, 5pm

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