Goldsmiths Students' Union
|Institution||Goldsmiths, University of London|
|Location||Tiananmen Building, Dixon Road, Lewisham, London|
|Sabbatical officers||Shay Olupona (Campaigns & Activities Officer)
Bahar Mustafa (Welfare & Diversity Officer)
Sarah El-alfy (Education Officer)
|Affiliations||National Union of Students of the United Kingdom|
Goldsmiths Students' Union (GSU) is the students' union for Goldsmiths, University of London. It offers services to students including advice, sports clubs and activities as well as a list of entertainments and events and a 1000 capacity live music venue. It is also a campaigning students' union, with representatives attending many marches throughout the academic year.
Recycling and the environment
Since 2005 GSU has recycled all paper waste and since 2007 has recycled all paper, glass and plastic. The union offices also have facilities in place for the recycling of ink and toner cartridges as well as mobile phones and similar devices.
GSU is democratically run by elected officers. Each spring, Goldsmiths students elect candidates based on submitted manifestos for a variety of positions. These consist of four full-time positions that are remunerated and 14 part-time positions. The elections are independently verified by a returning officer from the National Union of Students of the United Kingdom.
Each year the students' union publishes its Annual Impact Report which outlines to all stakeholders the work it has been doing throughout the year, its campaigns and its achievements. The document is designed in house and present to the college management board as well as being made available to students.
GSU operates a number of commercial services in order to raise funding for the non-commercial aspects to its function. Without these sources of income the students' union would have to rely solely on the grant provided by Goldsmiths, University of London.
Students' Union Shop
The Stretch/Live music/Bar & club
The Stretch is the union's 1000 capacity live music and club venue hosting two licensed bars, a night club, common room and cafe area as well as conference room and multi-faith prayer room. The Students' Union primarily organises student-led events but also hosts big gigs like the Mystery Jets, Metronomy, Late of the Pier, Shy Child all player. Blur played on 22 June 2009. Two of Blur's members, Graham Coxon and Alex James, had previously studied at Goldsmiths before forming the band.
Every year, Goldsmiths Students' Union holds a Summer Ball which since 2007 has been themed.