Goldstart - it all starts here


Goldstart offers you a chance to get to know your department before you start at Goldsmiths.

These daylong events, which run in September 2017, will include a sample lecture or seminar from your academic department, a chance to meet academic staff, a session on Study Skills including tips from current students and introductions to the Library and Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

You will also have a chance to meet your elected representatives at the Students’ Union. 

To book your place, fill out our online form.


GoldStart classes take place on the following dates:

Department Date
Anthropology Thursday 7 September
Computing Tuesday 5 September
Education Monday 4 September 
English and Comparative Literature Monday 4 September  
History Friday 8 September 
ICCE Tuesday 5 September 
Media and Communications
Thursday 7 September 
Politics and International Relations  Friday 8 September 
Psychology Tuesday 5 September 
Thursday 7 September 
Theatre and Performance Wednesday 6 September 
Visual Cultures Wednesday 6 September 

Book your place

To book your place, fill out our online form.


9.30am - Arrival & Registration 
Please arrive early - there will be hot drinks and pastries available to help you wake you up!

10am - Introduction to GoldStart
This will be a chance to meet all of the students and staff ensuring your day runs smoothly, and we will run through the schedule for the day.

10.20am Meet your PAL
Come along and meet your PAL. PAL (Peer Assisted Learning) Leaders are continuing students from your department who can talk about what life is like at Uni from their experience.

11am - Library and Academic Study Skills – what you need to know
Subject Librarians will be welcoming you to Goldsmiths and will provide good tips on how to get started using the library and accessing its resources. This will be followed by a short interactive workshop delivered by staff from the Academic Skills Centre focusing on useful strategies for taking effective notes during lectures/seminars.

12pm - Meet your department – part 1
At this point in the day you will be passed to your chosen department who will deliver a sample lecture/seminar or workshop, giving you an insight into what to expect from the year.

1pm -  Lunch
Lunch will be provided, giving you a chance to catch up with your PALS and students from your department

2pm - Meet your department – part 2

3pm - PAL catch up
This is a great chance for you to regroup with your PALS, and to make sure all of your questions and concerns have been answered

4pm - Where do I find out about….?
Find out about what the SU, Careers, Study Skills Support, Student Support and the Library can offer. Afterwards there will be a chance to ask question of the panel members.

5pm - End of GoldStart party 
Food and refreshments will be provided so you can meet and mingle with people from your course and departments.

History students

If you are attending our History Goldstart programme then you have a slightly different timetable. Between 12-3 pm, Dr John Price from the History Department will lead you on a walk around the local area exploring some of the many sites of radicalism in the history of New Cross.

During lunch (which will be provided), there will be time to reflect upon these radical histories and, following that, an opportunity to identify and discuss some of the key issues they raise in both the past and the present.

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