Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies subject areas

Community Studies

Social Work

Therapeutic Studies

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Peter Baynes guiding spirit of the U3A will be sorely missed 

30.12.1920 to 02.9.2014


Peter Baynes obtained a London University External B.Sc. (Econ) degree with Government as his special subject, in 1948 as a result of a mixture of part and full time study. His intention was to work in the field of adult education and, after a spell of school teaching in Stepney, this is what he managed to do. He was appointed to the staff of what was then the Further Education Centre in Hertford. He stayed there until 1960 teaching ‘day release’ young people and becoming Head of Department responsible for and teaching on the Adult Education evening classes and conducting the occasional Workers’ Educational Association course. In 1960 he was appointed the first Further Education Advisor for the county of Leicestershire. Here he took part in the development of the network of county community colleges working in adult education and youthwork.

In 1970 he was appointed to succeed Ian Gulland ar Goldsmiths to the post then known as Principal to the Department of Adult Studies. During the 10+ years of his occupancy the post became translated into the Deanshipof the School of Adult and Social Studies, the shool having acquired a number offull-time degree and diploma students in the fields of the Social Sciences, Social Work and Community and Youth Work in addition to the extensive adult education programme. During this time he also served on the executive committees of both the National Institute of Adult Education and the Educational Centres Association.

Peter retired in 1980 and, having always considered himself to be a literary man manqué spent three years studying for, and eventually acquiring an Open University degree in Literature. He became Treasurer of the Educational Centres Association for three years, Chairman of the South London committee of the Citizen’s Advice Bureaux for a similar period and a Trustee for the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow .He also engaged in some writing and (inter alia) wrote and published a short biography of the Victorian Philanthropist, John Passmore Edwards.

When in 1988 Malcolm Barry, the incumbent of the Goldsmiths post invited a group of people to form a U3a branch based at Goldsmiths he was included in the invitation and became an active member, eventually being awarded the honour of Life-President. He was delighted to attend their 25th anniversary celebrations last year.

Peter’s wife Iris died in 2009 and he is succeeded by his four children, nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.


MA in Participatory and Community Arts

What is happening and why?

In common with all universities, we periodically review our programmes taking into account a range of factors including levels of interest from prospective students and alignment with our other courses.

This year, weighing up these and other factors, we have taken the decision not to run a Masters course in Participatory and Community Arts.

We continue to offer a range of courses in our Social and Therapeutic and Community Studies department and we are working with applicants for this course who are considering other study options here.

Did you not receive enough applications?

Interest in this course has been declining over the past few years but this was just one of a range of factors we took into account when making our decision. We also considered the impact on the student experience of having very small numbers in classes, other  practices and processes and how the course aligned with our other programmes.

Why has this decision been taken now?

The decision was taken at a point in the planning cycle when departmental plans for the year ahead were being considered.

Who made this decision?

The decision to close a course is made by a range of people – the department, an academic committee of college called the Programme Scrutiny Sub Committee and Senior Management Team.

How will the department continue to support this area of work, and commitment to creativity and innovation?

We continue to offer a range of creative and innovative courses in our Social and Therapeutic and Community Studies department and across all of our other academic departments. We are also planning to develop and invest in new provision in the area of community arts that will build on this reputation further.

For more information please email


Dance Movement Psychotherapy Taster Evening from 6pm to 9pm

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To book, please contact Sandra Facey
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The Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies

Transform the place where you learn and practise

The Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies at Goldsmiths is connected. And it has human relationships at its heart. 

Whether you want to understand and challenge the way that vulnerable individuals and groups are disadvantaged and marginalised; to become a social worker, community and youth worker, art or dance movement therapist or counsellor; or to change people’s lives through dance, drama and music, our degrees are informed by our commitment to social justice and applied practices. 

We want you to go out into the field with confidence but also with an understanding of the context in which you’ll work. So we’ll encourage you to be reflective in your learning and to consider the central relationship between yourself and others. This means you’ll explore practice in the context of your own life and experiences, as well as taking take part in conversations that inform group learning. 



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