BECOME
YOUR BEST

GSU PLAN 2026

 

At Greenwich Students’ Union (GSU) we’re proud to have made transformative change over the last few years by acting on your feedback and working with you - our members - to make our democracy more accessible, develop the quality and scope of our member services, improve our physical spaces and transform our communication methods.
Recently recognised as a Quality Students’ Union, GSU now has an established physical footprint at our three campuses in Avery Hill, Greenwich and Medway, supported by our online spaces.
Our new strategy - GSU Plan 2026 - sets out our action plan that will take us into our next phase of development, ensuring you as members are able to shape future opportunities and services. Our role as your Students’ Union is to continually evolve our offer for the members of today and future generations.
Click here to read our plan in full, or read on below to see what our plan is all about.
 

 

A QUICK LOOK AT THE
WHOLE PLAN TOGETHER

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HOW OUR STRATEGY WAS PUT TOGETHER

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We have one goal by 2026; supported by GSU and our services, you will become your best at Greenwich and beyond.
Over the next five years, we will unapologetically strive for equity in all that we do, and we promise to have your back to support and empower you on your journey through Greenwich.
Our plan is for all of our members - we'd like you to meet some of them throughout this page. Hover each of the portraits below to find out more about them.

 

Picture of student - Navid Ahmadi - Commercial Student Staff. Second year student studying BA International Business
Navid Ahmadi - Commercial Student Staff
Second year student studying BA International Business
Picture of a student - Neha Ilyas - Inclusivity Consultant. Third year student studying BA Business with Marketing
Neha Ilyas - Inclusivity Consultant
Third year student studying BA Business with Marketing
Picture of a student - Rebecca Bloomer - Liberation Network Organiser. Second year student studying BSc Psychology
Rebecca Bloomer - Liberation Network Organiser
Second year student studying BSc Psychology
Picture of a student - Anand Bhupal Nagabhushan - Retention Project Ambassador. First year Masters student studying MSc Engineering Management with Industrial Practice
Anand Bhupal Nagabhushan - Retention Project Ambassador
First year Masters student studying MSc Engineering Management with Industrial Practice

 

OUR VALUES
These values are what we at GSU will live by when we're providing our services and support for you.
Click each image to find out more about each one.

 

 

EMPOWERING

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We will empower our members with the information and skills they need to thrive. We will create together with students, so that they can develop their own communities and make the change they want to see.

 

COURAGEOUS

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We will take risks, be brave in our advocacy and push boundaries to challenge for positive change for our members today and in the future.

 

INCLUSIVE

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We will actively seek to remove barriers where they exist so that members can engage in any service at GSU and the University. We will ensure all voices are liberated, represented and celebrated.

 

TRUSTED

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We will be accountable for decisions that we make, which will be backed by our members needs. We will be a reliable delivery partner with legitimacy, always acting on the will of our members. We are the trusted voice of Greenwich students.

 

APPROACHABLE

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Members can engage wherever they are in the world. We'll provide friendly spaces for everyone to come together and create communities. Our staff are always listening to members and each other to remove barriers and provide great quality services.

 

 

 

 

 
Picture of a student - Mihaela Ciobanu - Criminology Society President, Activities Committee Member. Third year student studying BA Criminology and Criminal Justice
Mihaela Ciobanu - Criminology Society President, Activities Committee Member
Third year student studying BA Criminology and Criminal Justice
Picture of a student - Shalmali Jadhav - Liberation Organiser. First year Masters student studying MBA International Busines
Shalmali Jadhav - Liberation Organiser
First year Masters student studying MBA International Business
 
 
We will focus our team and our time to represent your interests, working with you as members to ensure you have access to:

- The best quality and inclusive education.
- Develop skills to be life ready.
- Be the best you can be while they study.
- Find where you belong at Greenwich.
- Take actions to protect our planet together.

 

Picture of a student - Niel Lewis - Eco Team Representative. Third year student studying LLB Law
Niel Lewis - Eco Team Representative
Third year student studying LLB Law
Picture of a student - Zhai Cortez - Inclusivity Consultant. Second year student studying BA Politics and International Relations
Zhai Cortez - Inclusivity Consultant
Second year student studying BA Politics and International Relations
Picture of a student - Salauddin Ibne Saife - Retention Project Ambassador. First year student studying BEng Design, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Salauddin Ibne Saife - Retention Project Ambassador
First year student studying BEng Design, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Picture of a student - Sophie Woodger - Women's Liberation Network Chair. Second year student studying BSc Psychology
Sophie Woodger - Women’s Liberation Network Chair
Second year student studying BSc Psychology

 

Our plan has five main themes, all with a range of outcomes for us to structure our work over the next few years. Each theme and its outcomes are listed below.

 

BEST QUALITY AND INCLUSIVE EDUCATION

The University has outlined through ‘This is our Time: Strategy 2030’ their vision and focus to deliver Student Success at Greenwich. Our role at GSU is to be a strategic partner, representing your student voice and your academic interests to ensure you receive the best quality and inclusive education.


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Your student voice will be amplified through GSU led quality representation networks, democratic spaces and additional feedback opportunities, to gather your insight to advocate and campaign for high quality and change.

GSU will work with you and the University to ensure your teaching and learning is cocreated and provides an inclusive and futurethinking curriculum that is person centred (e.g. use of digital etc).

We will deliver an independent, confidential and free education advice service that provides you with personalised advice on academic regulations and proactive support on welfare issues, so you feel empowered through your academic experience.

As a strategic partner to the University, we will bedelivering services and commissioned projects to support you in the challenges and experiences you face. We will provide constructive feedback and evidence-based challenge to ensure that your voice is heard and acted upon across Greenwich. In some cases we and the University may not agree and this is OK.

Campaigning for equality and lobbying for change based on your needs at a local, regional and national level will be evident throughout the work we do together.

Your elected Officers, representatives and student volunteers will be reflective of our diverse membership. They will be supported by a fair and transparent democratic framework and provided with high quality training to deliver their roles to the best of their abilities to represent you at Greenwich.

GSU is committed to ensuring liberation, equality, diversity and inclusion (LEDI) is incorporated into the design and access of your education at Greenwich.


LIFE
READY

Studying at Greenwich is an exciting endeavour – it will be a formative experience for you and, for many, the biggest investment you will make. We believe that learning extends beyond the classroom, and we are here to empower you to gain skills and experiences during your time at Greenwich that prepares you for your future career and role in society when you leave University.


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GSU will provide you with jobs and volunteer opportunities - both physical and digital - in GSU services, outlets and enterprises that puts money in your pockets while you study.

The jobs and volunteer opportunities provided in GSU services and outlets will give you life ready skills required by future employers, with a focus on customer service, teamwork, managing money, and project management.

You will be able to confidently demonstrate the skills and practical experiences you’ve learnt taking part at GSU, and you will have built professional networks that will benefit you in the future.

You will have the opportunity to be active citizens at Greenwich, to shape and lead your SU and additional services through a range of active leadership opportunities which will prepare you for life after university.

We will work with partners in the local community and nationally to provide you with opportunities to learn new skills, meet likeminded individuals and make new networks.


BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE

You told us maintaining good mental and physical health is fundamental during your time at Greenwich. There are many possible services and routes for support. We’re committed to helping you navigate the best intervention for your needs, ensuring you’re supported to achieve. We will also work with you to influence, and in some cases provide, services and interventions that support you during your time at Greenwich.


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Our Advice Service will support you on your course and help you access onward support to keep you on track during your studies, by proving tailored independent, impartial, and confidential advice so that you can make informed decisions.

GSU will deliver proactive mental health and wellbeing campaigns, partnering with others to challenge stigmas and promote a positive dialogue about subjects that matter to you.

You will be involved in the design and set up of GSU and the University’s physical and digital support services, wellbeing interventions and student focused policies to best address your needs as our diverse membership.

Space will be provided for our diverse communities so you can to come together digitally and physically, make connections and friends to reduce loneliness, and improve your mental and physical wellbeing through sports and activities.

There will always be choice in our outlets for you, including cost effective healthy food options. Together we will promote the benefits of healthy eating and sustainable food practices.

Services and interventions that support you at Greenwich will be actively promoted together. We’ll campaign for change to improve the support you receive from the University, in the community and from Government.


FIND WHERE YOU BELONG

It can be daunting making friends and navigating new environments. At GSU we are here for you from your first day to your graduation to help with this. We will provide a varied programme of activity and services - physical and digital - that meets your needs, helps you find where you belong, and have fun during your time with us.


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Year-round opportunities will be provided for you to come together with like-minded people who share your passion or interest to meet, socialise and have fun at our three campuses. This will be through our activities, networks, societies, volunteering, democracy and sports programmes.

A dedicated team will be working with you to provide safe spaces for you to meet, debate, try new things, socialise and learn at each campus with your communities and academic networks.

GSU venues will provide day and night opportunities to socialise, meet and have fun. Our not-for- profit venues prioritise our membership.

GSU will to ensure the opportunities, services and spaces are accessible to you and that we provided tailored, targeted offers for our communities including commuters, student parents, students with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ students and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students.

We will work with you to remove barriers to accessing activities, and our diverse membership will be listened to to help us shape future delivery.


PROTECT OUR PLANET TOGETHER

You have told us that GSU must take action to protect our planet and act on the climate crisis. We are committed to learning, changing our practices and campaigning with you and future generations of students to protect our planet together.


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Our supply chain and procurement practices will be reviewed to ensure:
- Our suppliers are meeting the ethical standards required.
- We reduce our carbon output, plastic waste and unnecessary waste.
- We implement sustainable working practices.

Opportunities will be created and provided for you to take part in local, regional and national awareness campaigns to change habits and mindsets.

GSU will work with Eco Team Greenwich as a partner to provide support and share resources.

Our Student Officers will take the lead on achieving the NUS Green impact award for GSU and you.


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