London university information - Goldsmiths

Why do students choose Goldsmiths?

With an enduring status that cannot be bought, Goldsmiths has attracted many students over the years. This reputation is not without merit. The university has made a huge impact on popular culture and prides itself on offering students the opportunity to maximise their creative capabilities. The list of musicians, artists and contemporary thinkers that the university has produced is simply endless. Amazingly, past students have gone on to win the Turner Prize, Ivor Novellos, Emmys, BAFTAs, Olympic medals, Mercury Prizes and an Academy Award. That’s not all, Goldsmith was featured in the UK's top 20 and the world's top 100 universities. Goldsmith’s impressive appeal was further reflected in statistics from the 2013 National Student Survey (NSS) where 88% of final year students were satisfied with their course. The university said of the outstanding results, “Improving the student experience is at the heart of everything we do at Goldsmiths, and these results are testament to a considerable amount of hard work by staff across the whole University”.

What courses is Goldsmiths renowned for?

Goldsmiths specialises in the arts and humanities, social sciences, cultural studies, computing, and entrepreneurial business and management. These courses have extraordinary results. Seven winners of the Turner Prize and almost a quarter of those shortlisted for the award since it began have been past students of Goldsmiths. Student satisfaction is at an all-time high. The university has over 8,000 students and 91% were happy with the quality of teaching on their course: five per cent higher than the national average. That’s not all, 92% of students found their course intellectually stimulating. 

Is the research programme good? 

Goldsmiths’ accolades knows no boundaries, its research came in 9th in the UK for its percentage of 'world leading' quality research. This is really impressive stuff as you’ll be working with some of the top academics in your chosen field of study! What more can you ask for? Well the university’s research programmes aims to nurture, encourage, promote and facilitate research activity at all levels across the College so you will be well supported. Departmental facilities include nine specialist research labs, workshop facilities, studio space, a 160-seat theatre, three performance studios and photography, radio and TV studios.

The student union

Goldsmiths’ award-winning Students’ Union has a wide range of services and student development opportunities including clubs, societies, volunteering opportunities, sports facilities, student media, and meeting rooms. Known for its creative aura, Goldsmith students can expect a real sense of community. There is so much to explore in the surrounding areas of New Cross and South East London, and central London is only 15 minutes away by train. The university’s student union features an impressive library, virtual learning environment, a state-of-the-art gym/fitness centre and wireless hotspots. 


In 1891 the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths set up its Technical and Recreative Institute to provide educational opportunities for the people of New Cross. In 1904, it became Goldsmiths College. Since 1989, Goldsmiths has been a full College of the University with its own role as an independent university institution.

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