'If you've got that fire in your belly, go for it.'

Election inspiration from a former Officer 

You might recognise Mollie’s face from around campus, as she was elected Education Officer in 2016/17. We chatted to Mollie Kneath about what Officer life was like, to fill you in on everything you need to know before running for election...

Q. Which Officer were you?

A. I was Education Officer in 2016/17.


Q. Why did you run for election?

A. I was one of those engaged students: I was a student ambassador; English Society committee member and then President; English and History Student Rep; and eventually a Department Rep. I loved the work the SU did, and as I got more interested in politics and education I became more and more interested in getting involved and running.


Q. What did you achieve during your Officer year that you're most proud of?

A. This is a really hard question, because there's so much that you squish into one short year! My representation family are the people I'm most proud of. I was involved in the development of Accessibility and Inclusion Reps, who are groups of disabled students who are paid to represent their peers and work with the SU to do research into how we can make Goldsmiths more accessible across the board. Student Reps were like my babies last year and I get a bit emotional when I think about the incredible impact they had on the university, and how bold they were in all our proceedings with College management and staff.


Q. What are you doing now?

A. I'm teaching English at a school in Eltham called Stationers' Crown Woods Academy. One of the things I decided while I was working at the SU was that if I was serious about helping young people to achieve their potential and benefit from education, I needed to be on the ground and working with them every day. I've got responsibility for a year 10 form group, as well as GCSE and A Level classes, and having been Education Officer I feel way more confident when helping them prepare for the next stages of their lives (especially my GCSE students who are in the throes of writing speeches about ways we could improve the lives of young people - you'll get a lot of experience in that...) It's emotional and totally draining sometimes, but I can't imagine not waking up at 5.30am to go and work with my kids now.


Q. Would you recommend running to be an Officer to a current Goldsmiths student?

A. If you've got that fire in your belly, why wouldn't you? We all have things we want to achieve and people we want to help and these roles give you that opportunity.


Nominations are still open, closing at midday on Friday 22nd February - so nominate yourself at goldsmithssu.org/elections before time runs out.