The Goldsmiths community strategy
Goldsmiths has a long history of engagement with communities. While our reach is world-wide, we have a special commitment to our local communities within south east London.
We've developed innovative approaches to community engagement and development through our world-class research centres and our academic programmes. These combine theoretical investigation with an understanding of impact, implementation and activism within communities.
Goldsmiths is a civic university committed to active involvement with local communities in south east London, as well as London as a whole. We're able to harness global knowledge, economic and social capital to work for the best interests of our local communities and the local economy. Through our presence and work we will continually increase the social, economic, physical, creative, cultural and educational contributions we make to our communities.
How we work with the community
- Hundreds of Goldsmiths students and staff volunteer within the community for local charities and voluntary organisations like Action for Refugees in Lewisham and New Cross Learning, our local community library.
- In 2016/17 Goldsmiths staff and students helped to raise funds for local charities and made regular contributions to the local foodbank at St James Church.
- We have world class researchers working in Goldsmiths and two of our research centres focus on community engagement and community development issues:
- The Centre for Community Engagement Research has created research partnerships between Goldsmiths students and local organisations who need research help.
- The Centre for Urban and Community Research began 20 years ago with research focused on the impact of local regeneration schemes in Lewisham. Today its reach is world-wide.
- We offer space to local non-profit groups for their events at a low charge; sometimes even for free.
- We work with many local schools and run workshops for hundreds of local pupils. We run activities such as academic taster sessions, progression schemes and the Art & Design Saturday Club.
- We run a community access scheme that lets local residents use the Goldsmiths’ library.
- Our Archive and Special Collections are open to the public and include the Women's Art Library, Goldsmiths Textile Collection and Constance Howard Gallery.
- We hold over a hundred public lectures and recitals every year and we promote these events through the Goldsmiths Events calendar on our website – everyone is welcome!
Goldsmiths Good Neighbour Policy
Goldsmiths is aware of the impact its presence has on adjacent neighbourhoods. In addition, the many students who live in the area also have an impact on local communities.
Our Good Neighbour Policy details how we address this impact. Our Community Behaviour Rules page contains what we ask of our students and how members of the community can complain about breaches of these rules.
Useful links and contacts
- For general queries about our community engagement activity please contact Selena Bolingbroke, s.bolingbroke (@gold.ac.uk)
- For general public enquiries contact communications (@gold.ac.uk)
- Find events using the Events calendar
- Hire space or book rooms with Conference Services
- Goldsmiths’ Students’ Union - contact Rachel Sunderland, rachel (@goldsmithssu.org), for more information about student volunteers and student community engagement projects.
- Find volunteering opportunities with the Careers Service or contact Mark or Fergus, employer-events (@gold.ac.uk), for more information about student volunteering or student employment opportunities.
- Access our Library
- Read about our School and College Outreach liaison
- Contact Accommodation for any concerns about our Student Residences, Flora Cipullo, Stakeholder Engagement Manager or out of hours contact 020 7919 7285 (6pm-6am)
- Centre for Urban and Community Research
- Centre for Community Engagement Research
- Short courses
- Club Pulse