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General, Student and Assessment Regulations are now part of the Goldsmiths Academic Manual

The governing body of the College is Council, which is composed of a mixture of independent (lay) members, members of staff of the College, and representatives of the Students' Union. The College is a charitable body established by Royal Charter, and as trustees of the charity members of Council must ensure that its funds are applied to the objectives defined in the Charter. The principal body below the level of Council is Academic Board (the supreme academic authority within the committee system).

Charter and Statutes

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The Charter (PDF download) is the founding document presented to the College by HM The Queen when it acquired its present status as a higher education institution in 1990. 

The Statutes (PDF download)which determine the basic framework of the College's governance structure, form the Second Schedule to the Charter. This model is common to virtually all those universities in the UK, which, like the University of London, were founded before 1992.



Ordinances are approved by Council, which is the College's governing body. They contain provisions for decision-making bodies (mainly Academic Board and Departmental Boards), staff employment and research.


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The Regulations in force at Goldsmiths are defined by the Ordinance relating to the Procedure for the Creation and Maintenance of Regulations:

Quality Office

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The College's Quality Office manages and oversees policies and procedures to assure the standards of its awards and the quality of learning opportunities and to support the enhancement of learning and teaching.

Appeals and Complaints

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The Appeals and Complaints Team deal with student matters relating to academic appeals, formal complaints, student conduct, fitness to practise, mediation, and unsatisfactory academic progress.