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Goldsmiths, University of London

2015 League Table Ranking 50
2015 Overall Score 675
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Entry Standards 340 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 16.6 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.58 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 814 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.09 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 204 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 52.4 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 82.7 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 76.7 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 29.5 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Founded in 1891.
  • Part of the University of London for over 100 years.

Location and Transport

  • Located in vibrant, urban New Cross, southeast London.
  • Excellent transport links to Central London – just 15 minutes away by train. The recently extended London Overground provides quick links to East London and North London.

Entry Standards

  • Find out about entry requirements at Goldsmiths on the website.

Student Mix

The 8,110 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Teaching Standards

  • Goldsmiths achieved above average scores for teaching in the National Student Survey.
  • Recent world university rankings have placed Goldsmiths in the world's top 100, and the UK's top 20 universities for arts and humanities.
  • Many academics are leaders in their fields and write the books that are on the reading lists.

Research Standards

  • Diverse, high quality research.
  • League tables arising from the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise place Goldsmiths within the top 35 of research-intensive universities, and when it comes to the very peak of world-leading research (shown by the top 4* grade), Goldsmiths comes an impressive ninth. Sociology was placed joint first in the country, and in Media and Communications 80% of research activity was placed in the highest two bands.

Academic Strengths

  • Internationally known for creativity and innovation.
  • Radical and unconventional approaches to subjects.
  • An emphasis on enterprise and entrepreneurship, and on equipping students with creative and critical thinking skils.

Student Facilities

  • Award-winning Rutherford Building, housing library, computer work stations and media services.
  • Library open until midnight during term time, and is open 24 hours a day during some periods.
  • Academic departments have impressive facilities to aid students' learning, including specialist laboratories and workshops, a 160-seat theatre, and a radio and film/TV studio.

Disability Services

  • Information about the disability services at Goldsmiths can be found on the website or by emailing disability@gold.ac.uk.

Students' Union

  • Diverse, vibrant, award-winning organisation providing a range of services and student development opportunities.
  • Offers volunteering opportunities, student media, representation, clubs, societes, advice, meeting rooms, sports facilities and entertainment.
  • Goldsmiths students can also use the facilities at the University of London Union (ULU) in central London.


  • State-of-the-art fitness gym on campus, with subsidised rates for students.
  • Wide range of clubs and sporting classes offered by the Students' Union.
  • The College Green is used for rugby and football training.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The New Academic Building opened in September 2010, containing two large lecture theatres, an IT teaching room, meeting spaces and a café with outside seating. The building is the new purpose-built centre for the Department of Media and Communications, and also contains Goldsmiths’ Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship.

Notable Alumni

  • Mercury Prize nominees Katy B and James Blake, Alex James and Graham Coxon (Blur), Antony Gormley, Sam Taylor-Wood, Margaret Howell, Lucian Freud, Damien Hirst, Julian Clary, Ian Rickson, Tessa Jowell, Malcolm McLaren, Mary Quant.
  • Six winners of the Turner Prize have been Goldsmiths graduates


For further information

  • + 44 (0)20 7919 7766
  • Goldsmiths
    University of London
    New Cross
    SE14 6NW
UCAS Code G56

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