Understanding your relationship with Goldsmiths ("the student contract").
The university environment is a complex one and there are a lot of rules, procedures and polices in force to govern your time with us.
By accepting an offer to study with us, you are entering into a formal contract, and so it is important that you understand what this means and what forms part of your contract.
This page sets out what is included in the contract and helps you to understand what rights and obligations you have a student of Goldsmiths.
The contract is for us to deliver educational services to you as a student of Goldsmiths.
What your contract includes
Students are bound by a number of regulations, policies and procedures that set out how we deal with various parts of your student journey.
The following forms part of your contract with us:
terms and conditions of your offer and your offer letter (usually sent to you at the point we make you an offer to study with us)
offer letter issued by the admissions team at Goldsmiths (offer letters issued by third parties are not part of this contract)
contract summary document (sent to you with your offer letter)
Goldsmiths' Academic Manual
a ranges of policies and procedures including:
Accommodation Regulations (for students living in Goldsmiths accommodation)
Charters, Statutes and Ordinances
your programme handbook or specification (available from your department)
If there is a conflict between any of the above, then we would resolve it in the order we have set out the parts of your contract above.
Key parts of your contract
We have a legal obligation to make sure that we highlight any key or surprising parts of your contract. At the point an offer is made to study with Goldsmiths, you are sent information about the contract. This is usually in the form of downloadable PDF documents. We have set out some of the key parts below.
Important parts of your offer
The terms and conditions sent alongside your offer letter explain when an offer may be withdrawn. You should pay particular attention to this information, so that you understand what situations could affect your offer status. Factors that could impact on your offer include:
if we discover that false or misleading information was provided during the application process;
if you do not provide evidence that you have met the conditions of your offer in time (usually there is a deadline in your offer letter or email, for conditional offer holders that is usually 31 August in any given year);
if you have applied to study a programme that contains regulatory requirements, such as the requirement for criminal checks, and you have been unable to satisfactorily complete those checks in time.
Important parts of the offer - international students
If you are an international student, there are additional legal requirements that govern the relationship between us. There are some factors that could impact on your offer if you are an international student. They include:
if we become aware that you do not meet the English langauge requirements, either for admission to Goldsmiths or for a student visa application;
if you require a student visa and we reasonably believe you are not eligible to apply for one, either because of UK immigration laws or Goldsmiths standard policies and procedures.
Your offer letter explains that your enrolment with us involves you showing your identity and visa documents. Goldsmiths is legally required to check that you have the right to live and study in the UK before confirming your enrolment. If you are unable to present a suitable visa to study with us, your offer could be withdrawn or deferred.
Important information about the delivery of 'educational services'
The terms and conditions of your offer set out instances when we may occasionally need to make changes to your programme, including withdrawing it completely.
While Goldsmiths takes all reasonable steps to deliver the programme you have been offered a place on, there may be circumstances that are beyond our reasonable control, or happen exceptionally, that impact on our ability to deliver the agreed programme.
The terms and conditions include a 'force majeure' clause, which explains when Goldsmiths will not be responsible for failing to deliver educational services to you.
Tuition fee information
Your offer letter should confirm whether you have been classified as liable to pay the Home/EU tuition fee rate, or the international student rate. The offer letter should also confirm or direct you to the information about tuition fees for your programme.
As non-payment of tuition fees can have serious consequences, you should make sure you fully understand what is expected and required of you in relation to the payment of fees to Goldsmiths. This is explained in your terms and conditions of offer, and the Student Contract summary too.