Five Things to Apply for During Reading Week

Use your reading week wisely…other than doing, well, actual reading, why not think about  applying for funding for that project you’ve always wanted to get off the ground, or get some volunteering experience that will leave you in good stead when you finish uni?

Your ticket to feeling productive/smug this reading week? Choose from our suggestions below:


1. The Alumni and Friends Fund

Need funding for a project? If you have an idea for a project that will improve the lives of students or impact positively on the Goldsmiths community, you might be eligible to receive funding from the Alumni and Friends Fund.

Over the last eight years Goldsmiths alumni and friends, including past and present staff, have donated more than £300,000 to Goldsmiths. Through the Alumni and Friends Fund (formerly the Annual Fund), their generosity has helped support hundreds of important projects and provided vital funding for students facing financial hardship.

Recent projects supported by alumni and friends include:

  • Dedicated Listeners, allowing students to drop by and be heard on any subject by a trained listener;

  • Remembering & commemorating the 1977 Battle of Lewisham, a series of community engagement events celebrating local diversity and activism in August;

  • Learn a Language which encourages the development of foreign language skills among students and staff while providing a means to connect and socialise Goldsmiths’ super-diverse linguistic and cultural community.

To find out more and apply online, please click here.

Deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 15th February.

2. The Mayor’s Entrepreneur

Do you have an idea that can make London a better place to live and work? If you are a current student or a recent graduate, you can apply to be 2018’s Mayor’s Entrepreneur.

Whether you enter as an individual or part of a group, benefits include the chance to:

  • improve your skills and future employability

  • get free mentoring and workshops from business experts

  • pitch your ideas Dragon Den's style at City Hall

  • win £20,000 to bring your idea to life

Read more and apply online here.

Deadline for applications is 18th February.

3. Nominate yourself for a paid full-time or voluntary part-time position in the SU Elections

Goldsmiths students are represented by four Full Time Officers, who work in a full time paid role for one year (either as a break in their studies or immediately after graduating), 21 Part Time Officers, who undertake the voluntary role alongside their studies, and four Student Trustees.

Nominations are now open for next year's Officer team and any Goldsmiths student can stand and vote in the elections. Find out more and apply online here.

Nominations close at 12 midday on Monday 19th February.


4. Artist Open Call - Goldsmiths Fashion Show

Goldsmiths Fashion Society will be hosting a fashion show this spring term and they are looking for fashionistas, creatives and enthusiasts to get involved.

They are are looking for: designers, models, stylists, PRs, runners, makeup artists, filmmakers, photographers, journalists, musicians and event managers.  

Fancy taking part? Please contact

Deadline for applicants is Sunday 18th February.


5. Get Involved with Student Volunteering Week

Interested in volunteering but don't know where to start? Student Volunteering Week runs nationally from the 19th to 25th February and as part of this there’s lots going on on campus:

  • Volunteering, Finding The Right Role For You takes place Monday 19th Feb from 12-1pm. Led by Bethany Loft, the SU’s Volunteering Officer, the workshop will help you to think about the the right role for you.

  • Hacksmiths are running a Social Hackathon on Wednesday 21st Feb from 4-8pm; a chance to hack for the good of others. Working with the Careers Service and Lewisham Local, this four-hour hack presents an opportunity to solve challenges from Community Connections and Lewisham Local.

  • From Monday to Wednesday, 12-2pm, there will also be various local businesses at a stall in the Library Foyer so you can drop by for a chat about volunteering with them.

  • An Arts and Culture Marketplace is happening later on in the year (20th March) in the Great Hall and will be a chance to meet and talk to professionals who work in the arts and culture sector.

Book your places by signing up to the Career Space website here.