Thinking about running for election but not sure if it’s for you? We’ve put together the answers to some common queries and misconceptions to help you to make your decision about standing to be part of the new Officer team.
I’ve not been involved in the Students’ Union before - can I stand for election?
Definitely. You don’t have to have been involved in the SU to run for election. The Students’ Union represents all students, aiming to make student life better - so as long as you’ve got ideas on how to make the Goldsmiths experience better, you should run for election.
We run a huge variety of different services for students - from a bar, shop, cafe and nursery, to advice service, clubs and societies, and a system to represent you to the College and more - so if you want to get more involved in these or have ideas to improve them, becoming an Officer is for you.
With four full time and over 20 part time positions available, there’s something for everyone. We’re also providing a series of inspiration and training sessions to help you to be successful in the election, which will answer any questions you have about the Union. Once elected, the training and support doesn’t stop, with a 30-strong staff team to help and support you, and ongoing training on offer throughout the year.
I’m a postgraduate student - can I run for election?
Any Goldsmiths student can stand for election, no matter what stage of your studies you’re at.
The only eligibility rule you need to think about is that Part Time Officer candidates must be students during the 2018/19 academic year, so one year postgraduate taught students that are due to complete in or before September 2018 will not be eligible for these roles.
However, you could run for a Full Time Officer role. If your final assessments are due after your term in office starts (19th June), we can support you to complete your degree with study leave and flexible working arrangements. (If you’d like to chat about this any further, get in touch with Meg at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
I’m an international student - am I eligible?
Students who are on a Tier 4 visa (student visa) may run for Full Time Officer positions, and you will either have to have completed your course by June or suspend your studies temporarily in order to take up the role. If you suspend your studies, you may need to extend your visa to ensure you have enough time to complete your studies afterwards.
We recommend checking out the guidance available from UKCISA, or chat to the Goldsmiths Immigration Team who can help with Tier 4 visa queries if you’re elected. If you’re a student on a different kind of visa and interested in running for election, we recommend contacting the Goldsmiths Immigration Team, as there are some restrictions on your right to work in the UK.
I’m not in my final year of studying, but I’d like to stand for a full time position. How does that work?
That’s absolutely fine - many Full Time Officer candidates take a pause from their studies, undertaking the full time role for the year, and then go back to complete their degree afterwards. We'll provide you with plenty of information to help you to interrupt your studies and notify the correct people.
I’m not a BNOC, I’m not very confident, or I feel like I don’t know enough people to win…
Once campaigning starts, it’s important to chat to lots of people in order to get the word out about your campaign and get them to vote for you. But it’s completely on your terms how you choose to do this: whilst some people might enjoy standing up in front of a packed lecture theatre, you might feel more comfortable having lots of 1-1 conversations.
Don’t forget that social media has becoming increasingly important in getting your message out, and you’re allowed to have a campaign team of your friends or coursemates who might be more confident in chatting to people on your behalf. Don’t forget to come along to our Public Speaking Training to help improve your confidence, and our Campaigns and Communications Training to help you to explore a variety of different methods of getting your message out.
Don’t forget that nominations close at midday on Monday 19th February. Nominate yourself now at goldsmithssu.org/elections.