Staff News - 24 February 2012


Institute of Management Studies |
History at Work | EastLondonLines
reaches 40,000 hits per month |
New recruitment publicity


Latest opportunities published
in Horizons | Exploring children’s
views on curriculum innovation

Spotlight on...

Bob Howard, Head of Admissions
talks to us about UCAS deadlines
and 'Dad rock'

24 February 2012



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Institute of Management Studies - recruiting for 2012

Combining four MSc programmes and spanning four academic departments, the Institute of Management Studies welcomes its first cohort of students this September.

Programmes have been developed to meet market demand, and employability is at the core of all four programmes. Each is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge and creativity to develop talent and potential in management, innovation and leadership.

Frank Bond, Director of the Institute, says: “The Institute is the result of the unique interdisciplinary collaboration that Goldsmiths is renowned for. We are drawing on the excellent teaching of our diverse yet complementary subjects to provide students with an influential qualification, enabling them to stand out in a competitive economy. We have a great team here and are looking forward to working with colleagues from across the College to welcome our first intake of students in September.”

Industry links and guidance from academics spanning the Departments of Psychology, Design, Computing and ICCE are an important aspect for the programmes:
  • MSc in Leadership and Talent Management
  • MSc in Management of Innovation
  • MSc in Digital Entrepreneurship
  • MSc in Occupational Psychology
Find out more on the Institute of Management Studies webpages.

'History at Work' to launch in the autumn term

History at Work is an innovative new employability initiative which offers second and third year students in the Department of History the chance to apply their academic skills in the workplace.

Students will spend one day a week, over one term, undertaking a project within a museum, archive or library. Activities will include archiving, conservation, building and curating exhibitions, and developing public engagement projects. Students will be invited to apply for places on the programme each February, with the first intake in autumn 2012. History at Work aims to give students a chance to test out their career ideas, develop skills and increase their employability.

Ten partners have been confirmed to date: Wellcome Library, London Fan Museum, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, London Transport Museum, Museum of Childhood, Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, London Metropolitan Archive, St Paul's Cathedral, Goldsmiths Library Special Collections and Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre.

There will be a launch event taking place in the Library's Special Collections Room on 21 March.

An external perspective on our internal processes
A review of the College's working processes has started as part of the Goldsmiths 2015 programme. The review will have very real benefits to Goldsmiths enabling us to deliver better services, stop long-winded practices and see how we can re-direct our efforts in more valuable ways.

Introducing Simon Donoghue
Consultant Simon Donoghue, has been brought in to assist the 2015 team. Far from a higher education novice, he has experience of the sector encompassing both strategy and academia. In addition to being a Senior Lecturer, Simon was previously Head of the Strategy Project Group at the University of Leeds and has led major projects at the Universities of Hull, Essex and Bath.

"I've come to Goldsmiths to undertake the first element of this work, which will identify the processes that operate across the College and produce recommendations that will provide a roadmap for process improvement, setting out the expected timescales and priorities. The first stage of our work involves understanding, testing and describing the Goldsmiths business model.

“I've been meeting with people throughout the College over the last few weeks, to clarify the key elements of this model. Everyone has been very open and willing to enthuse about what makes Goldsmiths a special place, alongside generating ideas about areas we could improve. Once this work is completed, we will be examining the landscape of processes that operate here and reviewing the performance of them."

Embedding skills
Simon's report will help us plan the series of process reviews due to begin in the summer term. The process reviews themselves will be supported by ‘Processfix’, the company that facilitated the Library reshelving process review.

Processfix will support us in undertaking reviews and will also train a group of colleagues in process review methods. Embedding these skills within the College will mean we can continue to manage ongoing process improvements ourselves, empowering us to deliver the best services we can in the most efficient way possible.

Information about the individual reviews will be available as they roll out in the summer term.

Keep up-to-date with the latest from Goldsmiths 2015 on the project webpages.

Goldsmiths' first Applicant Day a success

On Wednesday (22 February) 237 students holding an offer to study at Goldsmiths arrived in New Cross to attend our first applicant day.
The event welcomed applicants from all over the UK and EU, bringing together cohorts from five different departments to create a real buzz and excitement around applying to Goldsmiths.
Campus tours and talks brought together all the applicants, enabling them to talk and share experiences.
The recruitment team also organised a 'Parents and supporters lounge’ where parents and guests could convene.

“This was really challenging,” admits Kieron Broadhead, Head of Marketing, Outreach and Recruitment, “We were grilled on everything from league tables to employability and the safety of the local area. It really showed how interested parents are in the decision-making process.”
This is the first in a series of applicant days. Next week's (29 February) - for Anthropology, History, Media and Communications, Politics and Sociology - has more than 350 visitors booked to attend.

EastLondonLines attracts 40,000 visitors per month

(ELL), an online news service, now attracts 40,000 visitors per month. This is a huge success for a news site run entirely by journalism students in the Department of Media and Communications.

The site, which provides news and features for readers in the communities served by the ‘East London Line’ Overground network was launched in November 2009. It is produced by  students, with the assistance of journalists who are tutors and lecturers in the department. It offers our students a unique opportunity to hone their writing skills while providing valuable cuttings for anyone looking to improve their journalism portfolio. Read more.

Promotional films put the spotlight on academic departments

A new batch of promotional films highlighting our academic departments has recently been put online. You can watch the new videos for Visual Cultures, Psychology, Computing, English and Comparative Literature, and Sociology at

These films promote Goldsmiths to prospective students and show first-hand through student testimonials what Goldsmiths is about. They have been a great success, both on our own website and also shared via social media. There is a growing portfolio of Goldsmiths films online, including a campus tour and tour of the local area, videos promoting our student services, student interviews and departmental films.

You can watch the films at

Undergraduate Guide (2013 entry)

The Goldsmiths Undergraduate Guide is hot off the press. Aimed at prospective UK/EU students who are thinking about studying at Goldsmiths in 2013, the guide will be used at recruitment events, sent out to enquirers, and distributed to schools, sixth forms and libraries. The Guide highlights key points about Goldsmiths, the subjects we offer, employability prospects and funding.

If you've got any feedback or comments about the guide, please email Dr Timothy Lawson, If you'd like copies of the guide, please email with the number of boxes you need, plus the delivery address; there are 28 copies per box.


Exploring children’s views on curriculum innovation
An article by Ana Souza, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Educational Studies, has been published in the Journal of Children and Society. Entitled 'Making Pies – a way of exploring children’s views on curriculum innovation,’ the article examines the use of focus groups as a way of gathering pupils’ views on the implementation of new curricula.
Download the paper

Horizons - the research resource for academic staff at Goldsmiths
The Research Office has produced a document entitled Horizons, which provides comprehensive information about funding opportunities for academics in the College.The document links to the web to provide up-to-the-minute information, providing a useful bridge to most of the relevant research bodies.

Download Horizons - volume 4, February 2012 [pdf]

Community & Notices

Fairtrade Fortnight - 27 February - 11 March

Samson Osun, Students’ Union Campaigns Officer, joined the Mayor of Lewisham and Goldsmiths Honorary Fellow, Sir Steve Bullock to celebrate the launch of this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight.
All tea, coffee and bananas sold in Loafers and the New Academic Building cafe are Fairtrade, and Fairtrade products are on sale in all catering outlets.
The College is working towards achieving Fairtrade status.

Slade, The Who and ... Atomic Rooster. Gig poster archive to be published
From as far back as the 60s, Goldsmiths has been on the cultural map, with the Students’ Union hosting some of the hottest new talent in the music industry.

Working with David Bracher, who published 'The Way We Were', containing photographic reflections of student life at Goldsmiths in the late 1960s, David Riddle, Media Services Manager, alumnus and one-time Social Secretary of the Students' Union, is compiling a second volume featuring his collection of over 200, mainly silk-screen gig posters of College events held around the same era.
David recalls booking Ambrose Slade in July 1969 for the Fresher's Ball. That line-up should have seen The Who, King Crimson and Ambrose Slade appear together, but The Who later accepted a contract to tour the States and, on the day of the event, King Crimson's Mellotron player, Ian McDonald, fell ill with glandular fever, leaving only Ambrose Slade to perform.
It is hoped that the book will be published by the end of the year. You can find out more about David’s collection in the Alumni magazine - Goldlink [pdf], and you can view the collection online.


Roger Redgate from the Department of Music
Inaugural Lecture - 'Aesthetics of resistance: composition as research

Tuesday 28 February, 5.30-6.30pm
Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre, Whitehead Building
Roger Redgate, Professor of Composition, Department of Music, will deliver his inaugural lecture 'Aesthetics of resistance: composition as research'.

Inaugural Lectures are given by newly-appointed Professors at Goldsmiths as an opportunity to share their research interests with a wide audience. Staff and students from all departments are encouraged to attend. Roger's lecture will explore the following:
  • What is the motivation for writing such music in the current cultural environment?
  • Is there a case for an aesthetics of resistance, where art might be an arena for new models of political action and social understanding?
  • Can such music whose focus centres on the process of realisation as an integral component of material, form a legitimate field of research?
The lecture will be followed by a reception (at about 6.30pm) in the Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall Building.

Inaugural Lectures are free and un-ticketed, but those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to the Warden’s Office, email

Staff Development - Community of practice: managing projects for change
Tuesday 6 March 2012 | 12-2pm
Promoting and supporting project work across the College, this informal session will provide an opportunity to discuss your experience of project working and hear about how PRINCE2 has been successfully implemented at Goldsmiths and other organisations.

More information:

CAST Public Lecture - Tyler Brûlé, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Monocle
Monday 26 March, 6-8pm
New Academic Building, LG02
Book your free tickets here

The Centre for Creative and Social Technologies (CAST) is excited to announce Tyler Brûlé, founder and editor-in-chief, Monocle will be speaking at Goldsmiths as part of the CAST public lecture series.

Journalist and publisher Brûlé launched Wallpaper*, a title that became a publishing success, going on to sell in over 50 countries, winning numerous awards for its design, international relevance and use of typography, and in 2001 Brûlé became the youngest ever recipient of the British Society of Magazine Editors Lifetime Achievement Award.

Media bites ... a round-up of Goldsmiths stories making waves in the media

14 February 2012
Senior Lecturer Chris Brauer on the BBC Breakfast sofa discussing the perils of social media.
20 February 2012
‘The Current', written by PhD student Tom Lee, has been longlisted for The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award.

23 February 2012
‘Ecliptica’, the second album released by Santiago Latorre (studying for a Certificate in Music Studies within PACE) has been chosen as ‘Album of the week’ by The Arts Desk London and ‘Best Spanish album of 2011’ by ‘Go Mag’. The publication also hailed Goldsmiths graduate James Blake as releasing the ‘Best international album of 2011’.
Listen to Santiago’s music at

Spotlight on …

Bob Howard, Head of Admissions

What's your role and how long have you worked at Goldsmiths?
This is my 14th year at Goldsmiths.
Has your role and responsibilities changed over the past year or so?
I’ve held my ‘new’ job almost one year to the day today [Bob’s team was restructured in 2011 as part of the wider Marketing, Recruitment and Communications reorganisation] and since then, the scope and profile of the Admissions team has really developed.

The biggest change has probably been working much more closely with the Recruitment, Marketing and Outreach team, which has greatly enhanced the crucial area of communication with applicants. My role can be very driven by systems and processes, so it’s great to bounce ideas off of Kieron (who heads up the team) and find new creative ways of problem solving.

With the attention placed on undergraduate admission figures for 2012-entry, together with the launch of on-line services for postgraduate admissions, we’ve been working on producing more comprehensive and ‘real time’ data that feeds into scenario planning for what our 2012 new student intake will actually be. We regularly link up with other sections and departments, such as the International Partnerships and Developments team and Quality, Planning and Governance, so we’re in line with their messages.
What's the best part of your job?
When people ask me this, I always end up telling this story: it was the beginning of summer and I was on my phone, dashing from one meeting to the next across the College Green and saw groups of students reading, chatting, laughing – generally being students – stretched out on the Green. I thought then that any small part I could play in helping to give students the rich and transformative experience of being at Goldsmiths was worth all the pressure and stress we sometimes face in our jobs. I must also mention working with the Admissions team, who are a great bunch of people and make coming to work a pleasure.
Is there anything colleagues can do to support you and your team?
Keep talking to us! The more ‘behind the scenes’ aspects of my job include things like managing the ongoing development of online services. It’s been in place for just over two months and is still very new, but it’s improving all the time, thanks particularly to the work of the Project Manager Kevin Thomas. While most feedback is positive and gratefully received, I really don’t mind complaints. Complaints and criticism can be useful and the catalyst for change, but if we don’t hear about them, we are none the wiser.
What is the next big deadline or landmark your team is working to?
A very important deadline is approaching – 31 March. It is the UCAS advisory deadline for decisions on early applications and we aim to have made all decisions on applications made to us by 15 January by that date.

This year we are making a particular effort to meet this deadline as research shows that the sooner we make an offer to an applicant, the greater their chances of accepting this offer. Plus the quicker we turn around offer and responses, the sooner we will have a firm grasp on our outlook for 2012.

On a personal note…

If you weren't in your current role, what would you be doing?
Maybe something involving music, I play a bit of piano and have even done the odd gig with my dad rock band called Municipal.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Having children put a stop to most, but ideally it’d be playing piano or reading something on military history, preferably while drinking a beer.

Who would you most like to get stuck in a lift with?
Richard Dawkins. It’d be an edifying experience waiting for the lift engineer to arrive.

Is there a TV show you simply can't miss?
I know I should say something worthy like Newsnight, but it’s actually Shameless.

Outside of work, where are we most likely to find you?
In the park with my children.

Where is your favourite place in London?
Two immediately spring to mind, Hilly Fields just up the road in Brockley, and the National Gallery.


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