Goldsmiths students’ union set for crunch talks following mass resignations and claims of bullying

Goldsmiths students’ union will hold an open meeting for students next week following the resignation of five major figures in quick succession and an independent inquiry into claims of workplace bullying.

In a statement, the students union confirmed: “As you may know, Goldsmiths SU has sadly seen 3 members of the full-time officer team depart the organisation. We’ve recent been looking at how we can continue fulfilling our duties as a representative and campaigning body and are looking for student input.

“On Tuesday 8 December, the SU will be holding a consultative meeting on how we plan to operate for the rest of the academic year. The meeting will include a presentation from the acting President and senior staff members, then an open section for comments and questions.”

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Last month five high-profile figures from the students union resigned within the same week.

Campaigns and activities officer Alex Etches, and welfare and diversities officer Bahar Mustafa, joined president Adrihani Rashid, the Leopard‘s editor-in-chief Sabrina Sharif, and its comment editor Zak Thomas in stepping down as the students’ union launched an inquiry into claims of workplace bullying.

The students’ union is staging next week’s meeting to provide an update on plans the organisation is putting in place following these resignations. This meeting will be run by the Union chair from 5:30pm.

There will also be a meeting shortly before the open form to elect a new editor-in-chief for the Leopard. Comment editor Thomas “unresigned” following an apology from the students’ union after his resignation, and assurances the newspaper had full editorial independence.

 

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Meanwhile, the independent investigation into allegations of bullying and harassment, launched in the wake of the president’s resignation, is due to report to the board of trustees in January. The students’ union had initially hoped the inquiry would report back before students left for Christmas holidays.

No spokesperson from Goldsmiths’ students union was available for comment.


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