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Goldsmiths, University of London

2016 League Table Ranking 50
2016 Overall Score 680
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Entry Standards 352 Help
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Student-Staff Ratio 14.8 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
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Research Quality 2.90 Help
Research Quality
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Academic Services Spend 891 Help
Academic Services Spend
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Student Satisfaction 3.98 Help
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Facilities Spend 281 Help
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Graduate Prospects 55.4 Help
Graduate Prospects
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Degree Completion 82.3 Help
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Good Honours 81.4 Help
Good Honours
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Green Score 31.9 Help
Green Score
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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.

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

  • We're in the UK's top 25 universities for the quality of our research (Research Excellence Framework).
  • You’ll be taught by and will debate with the best in the field: our academics are the people who write the books that appear on reading lists across the country.

Research Standards

  • We're in the UK's top 25 universities for the quality of our research (Research Excellence Framework).
  • We’re ranked first in London for our high quality staff/helpful staff/well structured courses/tuition in small groups (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2014).
  • Our Department of Media & Communications has been ranked third in the UK for the quality and impact of our research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • Our Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths has been ranked in the UK’s top 5 for the quality and impact of our research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

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.
  • The library is open to students 24 hours a day during term time.
  • Brand new, state of the art recording studios opened in 2014.
  • 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.

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.
  • There are ongoing improvements being made across campus, including the renovation of our main Richard Hoggart Building.
  • We recently opened the doors to our brand new, state of the art music recording studios.

Notable Alumni

  • Oscar winning Steve McQueen, 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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