Anthropology alumni


Find out what Anthropology graduates had to say about their time at Goldsmiths.

Annie Ash, Head of Teen Spirit at Body and Soul Charity
MA Applied Anthropology, Community and Youth Work

"My course was useful in gaining the necessary practical work experience required by employers in the sector, while providing an opportunity to engage in the theoretical questions that motivated my desire to pursue a career working with young people.

"Studying part-time for my MA allowed me to pursue work opportunities, while the course continued and the three placements required as part of the course were vital in enhancing my understanding of opportunities available and employability. The methodological considerations and skills I gained on this course have directly informed my work with young people as Head of Teen Spirit at Body & Soul."

Omar Roomi, Real Estate Paralegal
BA Anthropology

"After graduating from Goldsmiths, I studied the Graduate Diploma in Law. I then completed the Legal Practice course (LPC) and attained a distinction. Currently I work as a Real Estate Paralegal at Practical Law Company. My work involves supporting property, construction and environment lawyers in preparing material for publication. I look forward to obtaining a training contract at a law firm and to qualifying as a solicitor in the coming years.

"The experience of studying Anthropology at Goldsmiths was the most formative element of my educational career. This is a credit to the wonderful team of lecturers and tutors at the department who were approachable, supportive and showed genuine interest in helping me to achieve my goals. Over the years I have been asked why I made the 'jump' from anthropology to the law. I feel that the two disciplines complement each other."

Luciana Saldanha, Playwright

"The degree was fundamental in giving me confidence to take on my current path (and long life dream) as a writer. I am writing you to forward information on my very first play which was selected as one of the winners of the New Writer's Awards 2008 by Angle Theatre in association with Hackney Empire. I am very proud of the fact I am part of the students at Goldsmiths."

Alexandra Parry, Artist
BA Anthropology and Media

"Studying Anthropology at Goldsmiths gave me an insight into cultures and societies throughout the world. The understanding I gained from this learning allowed me to imagine possibilities and ways in which my own society could be different. The department was a really stimulating environment to be in and conversations with fellow students were often continued long after the seminar in the café across the road. My experience at Goldsmiths has influenced my work hugely and I continue to be inspired by my time there."

Ed Owles, Independent filmmaker
MA Visual Anthropology

Ed has worked entirely on a freelance basis in a variety of roles: director, researcher, and cameraman. He recently directed eight short documentaries for broadcast including four ‘3 Minute Wonders’ for Channel 4. Ed makes films for NGOs, runs participative film workshops for young people and works closely with the Education officer at the Royal Anthropological Institute.

"For me the most enjoyable aspect of the MA Visual Anthropology was the balance between theory and practice. Being able to apply some of the anthropological theory I had studied previously at undergraduate level in the visual medium was a great experience.

The course gives you the space and time to experiment so that you end it with a wide range of skills and puts you in a really good position to pursue whatever path you decide upon."