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DE:CONSTRUCT is a one-day conference where students explore how their environment is shaped through arts, science, humanities, and cultural settings.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, we have decided to cancel DE:CONSTRUCT 2020. We apologies for any disappointment this will cause.

This year we have talks from academics teaching some fascinating subject areas at Goldsmiths, and engaging external speakers from organisations including Extinction RebellionFeminist Internet, and Secret Cinema

The event is open to all Year 12 students currently studying in the UK, and is completely free for student and accompanying staff. Students must be accompanied by a member of staff.

Please see below for details of our keynote speaker and FAQs, or visit our , and  pages for more information on the sessions throughout the day.

Requesting tickets

The initial ticket ballot has now closed. Thank you for everyone’s interest in DE:CONSTRUCT 2020.

Only a few tickets remain for this year’s event. Please see the ticket request form.

Key Information

Date: Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Time: 10.15am–2.30pm

Location: Goldsmiths, University of London


Yomi Adegoke

Keynote Speaker

Yomi Adegoke is an award-winning British journalist and co-author of the 2018 book Slay in Your Lane.

She was born in east London, and raised in Croydon. Yomi studied law at the University of Warwick but took a year out in 2013 to found Birthday Magazine, a publication aimed at black teenage girls.

Yomi came to prominence after the release of Slay in Your Lane, described as a 'guide to life for a generation of black women'. The book covers work, education, money, dating, and health, as well as the media representation of black women. Currently Yomi writes for The Guardianinewspaper and MetroUK.

Yomi is headlining DE:CONSTRUCT 2020 to present her understanding of the environment.

Further information

How do I get tickets?

Applications for tickets close on 27 January 2020. If any of the Strands are oversubscribed, we will enter everyone who has applied for that Strand into a ticket ballot. 

Requests for school/organisation groups must be made by group leaders only. Students attending much be aged 16–17 and must be accompanied by staff on the day.

If you have any questions after reading the information on this page, please call 020 7717 2543 or e-mail

Request tickets now!

Will lunch be provided?

Students will be provided with a free packed lunch consisting of a sandwich, piece of fruit, packet of crisps, biscuits, and water. There will be a selection of meat and vegetarian lunch-packs available.

If attendees have any other dietary requirements or allergies, please contact the Widening Participation team at least 10 working days before the event (by 18 March).

Can you support students with access requirements or learning difficulties?

We welcome all students to attend DE:CONSTRUCT. If there are students attending that require any additional support, please contact us at least 10 working days before the event to discuss any arrangements that need to be made. For students that usually require one-to-one support in lessons, we strongly recommend bringing a dedicated member of staff to accompany them on the day.

How do I get to Goldsmiths?

We strongly recommend travelling to Goldsmiths by public transport. The closest train stations to Goldsmiths (SE14 6NW) are New Cross and New Cross Gate, and we are served by several bus routes.

If you are considering bringing a coach or mini-bus, please contact the Widening Participation team beforehand to discuss arrangements (020 7717 2543).

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide car parking on campus, unless you are a blue badge holder. If you have a blue badge please e-mail at least 10 working days before the event (18 March) to reserve a space.

Student behaviour

All attendees are expected to behave in a courteous and civilised manner. Any inappropriate or unruly behaviour will be reported to a member of staff accompanying the school group, who will be asked to take action. Goldsmiths will not take any responsibility for the monitoring, behaviour, or discipline of any visiting student. 

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