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Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, University of London has an academic legacy stretching back to 1891, providing a rich heritage in the arts and creative disciplines, and subjects from the humanities and social sciences to computing. With an established history of seeing the world differently, students at Goldsmiths are encouraged to challenge preconceptions and traditional subject boundaries, and are supported in exploring new ideas.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Campus
Campus

The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: G56

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Bronze is awarded to institutions that deliver teaching, learning and outcomes for their students that meet "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5–10,000
Large
10–25,000
Largest
>25,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 65%
  • Postgraduate 35%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 87%
  • Part Time 13%

Where students come from

  • UK 75%
  • EU 9%
  • Other 17%

Student gender

  • Male 34%
  • Female 66%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The library at Goldsmiths is open 24/7 nearly every day of the year. A modern and welcoming learning space, it is located in the Rutherford Building – home also to IT services, a digital media suite and the assistive technology centre.
  • Providing individual study spaces in quiet or silent areas, space for collaborative group work, and viewing rooms, it also houses unique collections including a women's art library and the Daphne Oram music archive.
  • An Academic Skills Centre runs workshops on academic writing, researching, and exam skills. Students can also take part in one-to-one tutorials with experienced academic lecturers, study skills tutors, and Royal Literary Fellows.

Student jobs

  • A JobShop service helps students find paid, part-time work, offering daily one-to-one drop-in sessions to offer advice to students. Students can also access CareerSPACE, an online careers portal with hundreds of paid opportunities, updated daily.
  • The Careers Service has close relationships with part-time work agencies and suppliers, organising two part-time jobs fairs a year, as well as numerous recruiter-in-residence sessions on campus. Because Goldsmiths is located in London, the capital offers a good supply of part-time work opportunities.
  • There are also opportunities for part-time work at Goldsmiths, through the student ambassador programme, Students' Union and internal vacancies.

Careers advice

  • The Careers Service helps students move on successfully to their next step after Goldsmiths – whether that's employment, further study, or starting a business or social enterprise. 
  • Students are given opportunities to develop knowledge and skills, gain relevant work experience, and make the most of services such as one-to-one sessions with specialist careers consultants, paid internships, and schemes like the Gold Award and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR), which record all academic and co-curricular achievements. 
  • Students have free use of the service for three years after they graduate.

Health services

  • A range of on-campus services support students' well-being, from counselling to drop-in sessions with specialist advisers.
  • London is split into different NHS healthcare trusts. Students living in New Cross and the nearby areas will be in the Lewisham and Greenwich Trust and can register with a GP near Goldsmiths. Those who live in a different area can register with a local GP.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • A free, confidential on-campus Counselling Service with fully qualified professionals helps students gain insight into any issues they may be experiencing, with the aim of building their resources and promoting positive change.
  • Students experiencing mental health symptoms are offered plenty of support. For those experiencing mental health difficulties for the first time, Well-being Officers listen carefully and work with the individual to put an action plan together. Those who are managing a longer-term mental health condition may be referred to the Disability Service.
  • A team of Campus Support Officers provide out-of-hours support every night from 6pm–6am – whether students have a specific concern, or just fancy a cup of tea and a chat.

Disability support

  • A Disability Service arranges adjustments and provides support for students with a disability, long-term or mental health condition, or specific learning difference (SpLD).
  • Disability Advisers work with students, providing confidential advice, arranging assessments for specific learning differences such as dyslexia, identifying and organising appropriate academic support, or signposting other support services.
  • Students are encouraged to make contact as soon as possible, to ensure the required support is in place – from application or visits to Goldsmiths, through to starting their course.

Other services and facilities

  • All teaching, learning and support facilities on the close-knit campus are in one location, with specialist facilities for students of Music, Art and Design that include areas for their practice, plus workshop or studio facilities. Media and Communications students have radio, TV and photography studios; and there is a 200-seat theatre plus performance studios and wardrobe/props stores in Theatre and Performance.
  • Other facilities on campus include a Curzon cinema and a bank, as well as a new public art gallery, Goldsmiths CCA (Centre for Contemporary Art).

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union supports students from Welcome Week to graduation, with award-winning student-run media, more than 100 clubs and societies, sports facilities, and volunteering opportunities.
  • Students can socialise in the union bar or café, and go to events including club nights, live music, quizzes, film screenings, performances and debates.
  • The Goldsmiths Students' Union is also known for its political activism and campaigning, gaining important hard-won achievements for students in recent years. These include the 'Stop Taxing Periods' campaign, and a commitment by Goldsmiths to 'liberate degrees' by including more scholars from traditionally marginalised groups in the curriculum.

History

  • Goldsmiths' academic legacy stretches back to 1891; however this forward-looking university draws on the inventiveness, imagination and originality of its students and staff to challenge tradition and create an environment where new ideas flourish.
  • Part of the University of London for over 100 years.

Fascinating Fact

  • Goldsmiths, University of London, got its name when the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths acquired the original school in 1891.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Steve McQueen – Oscar-winning filmmaker.
  • James Blake – Mercury Prize-winning musician.
  • Kate Tempest – poet, music artist and playwright.
  • Alex James and Graham Coxon of Blur.
  • Damien Hirst – famously part of the group known as the Young British Artists.
  • Sam Taylor-Johnson – Turner Prize nominated video artist, filmmaker and photographer.
  • Kanya King – founder of the MOBO Awards.
  • Katy B – singer and songwriter.
  • Linton Kwesi-Johnson – poet.
  • Julian Clary – comedian.

Address

Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW