Goldsmiths Students' Union

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Goldsmiths Students' Union (GSU)
Goldsmiths Students' Union logo
Institution Goldsmiths, University of London
Location Tiananmen Building, Dixon Road, Lewisham, London
President Howard Littler
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.

GSU members also have access to University of London Union facilities and the Senate House Library.


Recycling and the environment[edit]

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.


Elected positions[edit]

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.

Annual report[edit]

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.[1]

Student involvement[edit]

GSU helps support 50+ student run clubs and societies and over 20 competitive and non-competitive sports teams.[2][3][4]

Commercial services[edit]

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[edit]

The Students' Union Shop is located in the Richard Hoggart Building of Goldsmiths, University of London. It sells snacks and non-alcoholic beverages as well as arts supplies and materials.

The Stretch/Live music/Bar & club[edit]

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.[5] Two of Blur's members, Graham Coxon and Alex James, had previously studied at Goldsmiths before forming the band.

Summer ball[edit]

Every year, Goldsmiths Students' Union holds a Summer Ball which since 2007 has been themed.


In 2015 the student union Welfare and Diversity Officer, Bahar Mustafa, caused a public controversy by banning white people and men from a student union event.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13]

Bahar Mustafa caused more public controversy through her justification of the ban,[14][15][16][17][18][19] and through her use of the hash tag #KillAllWhiteMen. The student union called a petitioned for a Vote of no confidence in her.[20][21][22][23][24]

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  6. ^ Cortbus, Colin (21 April 2015). "SU anti-racism event bans white people from attending". Goldsmiths Tab. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Harding, Eleanor (23 April 2015). "Anger after white people and men are banned from 'anti-racism' rally at British university by its own student union DIVERSITY OFFICER". Daily Mail. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  8. ^ Robinson, Martin (24 April 2015). "Pictured: Diversity officer who banned whites from her 'anti-racism' event at British university wiping away fake tear in front of 'no white men' sign". Daily Mail. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  9. ^ Agency (23 April 2015). "White people and men told 'please don't come' to student protest against inequality". The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Moyer, Justin Wm. (24 April 2015). "Excluding whites and men from diversity event at British university elicits anger". The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  11. ^ Winchester, Levi (23 April 2015). "Anger as all men and all white people are banned from EQUALITY event". Express. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  12. ^ Blundy, Rachel (23 April 2015). "Goldsmiths student diversity officer 'bans' white people and men from anti-racism protest meeting". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  13. ^ Farley, Victoria (23 April 2015). "Goldsmiths SU Forced To Backtrack Over Event Which Banned White and Male Students". The Huffington Post UK. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  14. ^ Rush, James (12 May 2015). "Goldsmiths Students' Union diversity officer explains she cannot be racist or sexist because she is an ethnic minority woman". The Independent. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  15. ^ Sherriff, Lucy (13 May 2015). "Goldsmiths' Student Diversity Officer Bahar Mustafa: 'I Can't Be Racist Or Sexist Because I'm An Ethnic Minority Woman'". The Huffington Post UK. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  16. ^ Peyer, Robin de (12 May 2015). "'I can't be racist because I'm an ethnic minority woman', says Goldsmiths university diversity officer Bahar Mustafa". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  17. ^ Edmunds, Donna Rachel (13 May 2015). "Student Who Banned White Men From Diversity Event Insists: “I Can’t Be Racist Because I’m Not White”". Breitbart. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  18. ^ "'I can't be racist if I'm from an ethnic minority'. Discuss". BBC. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  19. ^ Perring, Rebecca (13 May 2015). "Student who banned whites from 'equality' event insists she is NOT racist". Express. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  20. ^ "We call for a vote of no confidence on the current Welfare and Diversity Officer" (PDF). Goldsmiths Student Union. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  21. ^ Barrell, Ryan (19 May 2015). "Goldsmiths SU Diversity Officer Bahar Mustafa Could Lose Job Over '#KillAllWhiteMen' Tweet". The Huffington Post UK. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  22. ^ Thomas, Zak (6 May 2015). "Students call for no confidence vote in SU Officer". The Leopard. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  23. ^ O'Connor, Roisin (19 May 2015). "Bahar Mustafa: Goldsmiths University diversity officer 'could lose job' after being accused by students of racism against white men". The Independent. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  24. ^ Crossley, Lucy (19 May 2015). "Student diversity officer in racism row could lose her job after allegedly tweeting 'kill all white men'". Daily Mail. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 

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