The Role of the Students' Union
The Guildhall School Students' Union actively represents students throughout their time at the School. Led by a full-time President, elected annually, the Union acts as a channel of communication between the student and staff bodies. In addition, the Union acts as a point of contact between students and relevant external bodies. From its office in the School, the Union offers advice on a wide range of topics, and can provide useful information on the Guildhall School, its surrounding area, and student life.
The President of the Students' Union is a member of the School's Board of Governors and sits on the majority of School Committees with the team of Student Representatives, who gather feedback from current students on all aspects of their experience at the School.
The Students' Union provides confidential support across a wide range of topics to students on an individual basis, and works alongside Student Affairs to ensure students receive the appropriate support and resources to maintain their well-being throughout their studies. The Union also runs numerous health and welfare campaigns for the student body throughout the academic year.
Alongside its representative function, the Union organises extra-curricular activities throughout the year and is at the centre of the Guildhall's social scene. These include some of the many clubs and societies that the School has to offer including the Guildhall Queer Collective, the Christian Union, Guildhall Football Team, Guildhall Netball and more! The Union is also active in arranging a variety of social events, many of which are centred around the well-established Basement Bar, located a stone's throw from the School in Sundial Court, the Halls of Residence. The bar is open every weeknight from 7pm. Starting with Freshers' Week at the beginning of term, the Union hosts a variety of events which include live music, comedy nights, pub quizzes and charity fundraisers. Special events for mature and postgraduate students ensure that all students are catered for over the course of the year.
The Union is a member of the Association of London Conservatoires Of Performing Arts (ALCOPA) who collaborate with similar institutions on activities such as ski trips, football matches and other regular social events.
Affiliated with the National Union of Students (NUS) and Conservatoires UK, the Union is constantly involved with national discussion involving the student movement, with particular reference to the Arts. It is also proud to offer all students the NUS TOTUM card, providing discounts on books, CDs, cinema, theatre and concert tickets, clothes and much more.
The Union aims to make each student's time at the School the best it can possibly be, and strives for excellence in every aspect of student life.
Meet the Team
Harry Plant – President
Returning for another year as SU President is Harry Plant. Born in Eastbourne, East Sussex, Harry studied classical trumpet at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 2016-2020, graduating with first-class honours.
Whilst being classically trained, Harry also has a vast amount of experience in the pop/ folk and jazz genre as a session musician. His professional credits have already seen him perform with a range of world-famous artists, including Bruno Mars, Stormzy, Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum, Rag'n'Bone Man and Hazel Iris. Alongside live performances, he's also played for a wealth of studio and film session work at Abbey Road, Sarm West and the Rockfield Studios. Harry is also a member of the internationally acclaimed chamber group Connaught Brass.
The President is the only full-time member of the committee. It is their responsibility to ensure that the union is fully functional in its many roles throughout the school, such as: representing the student body in a range of board meetings alongside the student reps, organising events, promoting clubs and societies, raising awareness of student welfare issues and supporting the work of the other Executive Officers.
Josh Cole Brown – VP Diversity
This years VP for Diversity is Josh Cole-Brown. Born in West London he is a Londoner through and through. His passion for theatre and live events has lead him to study Production Arts Technical Theatre at Guildhall after completing a UAL diploma at The Brit School in Croydon.
One thing he loves about London is the variety of people and cultures which make up the capital. Josh looks forward to showcasing the diversity and promoting inclusion within Guildhall’s community.
Eleanor Fineston-Robertson – VP Finance
Eleanor Fineston-Robertson, a second-year Film Music Student, is this year’s Vice President for Finance. She will be working closely with Harry Plant, our new President. Her role is to manage the Union budget and monitor the Student Union expenditure. All of which gets reported back to the Student Parliament, to help our University run smoothly.
In order to fulfil a lifetime ambition, Eleanor competed in the UK Traditional Boat Championship, a spectacular 21-mile boat race up the River Thames; from Docklands to Ham in Surrey. This event attracts over 330 crews from all over the globe; so was something of an achievement and of course lots of fun.
Darcie Jago – VP Events & Societies
This year’s VP of Events and Societies is Darcie Jago. Returning for her second year in the role, Darcie comes from Lincolnshire and is a fourth year classical trumpet student. Alongside her studies and work in the SU, Darcie enjoys working in the Basement Bar and travelling (when there isn’t a pandemic!).
Last year, she spent 4 months in Norway on an Erasmus exchange, and hopes to be able to incorporate the things she discovered while there into her work this year.
Elle Oldfield – VP Welfare
This year's Welfare VP is Elle Oldfield. Born and raised in North Norfolk, Elle completed her undergraduate studies at Guildhall School of Music & Drama before embarking on the Artist Masters course.
Now in her final year of Master's study as a mezzo soprano, she will be working closely with the SU and Student Affairs to ensure that every student's welfare needs are addressed with the utmost care and consideration. Prioritising student's welfare is necessary, and Elle is here to help you with any worries or concerns you may have during this academic year.