JT is the new Campaigns & Activities Officer and has recently completed a Politics degree at Goldsmiths. This will be his first year as an Full Time Officer, but he’s been very involved in the SU throughout his time here.
You’ve been involved in teams, societies and campaigns at Goldsmiths SU, can you tell us more about what you’ve been up to across your three years as a student?
During my time at Goldsmiths I have been the rugby team captain, in my third year I helped out on the Wired Radio management team and have been involved in campaigning against cuts to student support services. I also helped run a campaign between the Rugby Team and the Feminist Society, highlighting some of the subtle forms of lad culture we might experience at Goldsmiths.
What are the key points from your manifesto? And your goals for this year?
Making the SU a more welcoming and transparent body that students want to be a part of and shape is one of my main aims for the year. The more students we have supporting and engaging with the Union, the more legitimacy we have when representing students’ interests to the University. I want to lobby the University to create more study spaces on campus, not more cafés.
Finally, I would like to see societies and campaign groups working more closely with one another for wider-reaching success.
What do you think your Officer title means and what is important about the role?
The Campaigns and Activities Officer position is an extremely varied role. From facilitating student campaigns to supporting our societies and sports teams and organising Varsity, the role is multifaceted and is one of the roles that most actively engages with our students.
Participation in extracurricular activities is shown to have a positive impact on personal wellbeing and employment prospects, so the role is important in developing the activities on offer to our students. Facilitating student campaigns is also hugely important and has led to some big wins for our students in the past.
What advice do you have for new students starting at Goldsmiths this year?
My main piece of advice to a new Goldsmiths student is to get stuck in and try something new. Play a sport, join a society, come to student assembly and get involved in student politics. There will be something for you and it's a great way to meet more of Goldsmith’s amazing students.
Say hello and get in touch with JT by visiting his profile.