Welcome Pack for Short Courses

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Introduction

Thank you for signing up to a short course at Goldsmiths. The idea behind the short course scheme is to go back to Goldsmiths' roots in providing adult education and access for all. What distinguishes us from many of our competitiors is that our short courses are taught by the very same academics who teach on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. We welcome you to our diverse community and hope that your experience here is so positive that you come back time and time again! At the end of your course you will have an opportunity to provide feedback - please do take the time to tell us how we are doing so that we can build on what we have started. In the meantime, if you have any queries along the way, then please don't hesitate to contact us. We hope you enjoy your learning journey.

Any questions please email the team at shortcourses@gold.ac.uk

Preparation

For some short courses, you will be expected to read material in various formats (online, photocopied) before and during the course.  You may also be expected to undertake assignments/homework throughout the course.  Your course tutor will provide you with more information about course content either by email prior to course commencement or at your first class.

Getting to Goldsmiths

Most of our short courses will take place in the Richard Hoggart Building. When you sign up for a short course we'll let you know the precise location of where your class is taking place.

 

Joining the course

  • Most courses take place at the Richard Hoggart Building
  • Reception staff will be on hand to welcome you on weekdays
  • Please try and arrive in plenty of time, ideally at least 5 minutes before the start of your course on the first day of your course
  • Please bring along your Eventbrite confirmation slip
  • You will be shown to your room the first week. You will be in the same room every week
  • You will not need a security pass to get to your room

Resources

Refreshments: For refreshments you will be able to access ‘Loafers’, the on-site café situated on the ground floor in the Richard Hoggart Building, and which offers low cost food and beverages and will be open until 8.30pm every evening.

Technical: If technical equipment is required for teaching purposes e.g. access to a computer, then this will be provided (unless you are informed otherwise).  

Library: You are entitled to join the Goldsmiths Library for reference only access (until 9pm daily) for the duration of the course.  Please take your Eventbrite confirmation to the Library to sign up for a temporary Library card or see your course tutor for more information.

After your course

Certificates: you will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of your course.  Please note that certificates will be issued at the end of each term.

Feedback: you will be sent a link to an online form in the final few weeks of your class. We value and regularly act on your feedback so please do complete. 

Follow up courses: do ask your tutor if there are further courses you could take to complement your learning, and indeed if your group would like to suggest a follow up course we can accommodate this.

Useful Contacts

Name

Role

Email

Phone

Short Courses Office

General

shortcourses@gold.ac.uk

0207 896 2626

Short Course Terms and Conditions

The following terms and conditions apply to Goldsmiths short course bookings made with the Short Course Enrolment Form.

1. Refund Policy

Refunds are not given to students on NCB courses except in the following circumstances:

  • Closure of classes because of low enrolment (full fee refunded)
  • If we receive written notification of your withdrawal from class no later than 14 days before the course begins (full fee refunded)
  • Withdrawal due to exceptional circumstances such as illness (fee refunded on a pro rata basis). This must be supported by documentary evidence and the written approval of the Enterprise.

2. Privacy Notice

Please see Data protection for our Fair Processing Notice for non-credit bearing courses.

3. Data Protection Policy

Please see Data protection for Goldsmiths Data Protection Policy.

4. Equality and Diversity Policy

When enrolling for a short course please take the time to complete the Equalities monitoring information to help us to understand the needs of our students and improve our services. Goldsmiths values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive and accessible environment. Better quality monitoring and analysis of information provided by students will help Goldsmiths gain a clearer picture of the composition of our student population and a comprehensive understanding of the diverse needs of students at all levels. This will enable us to identify areas of under-representation, address barriers to meaningful participation and develop relevant, inclusive; policies, practices and services. It is also necessary for us to collect this information because the Equalities Act 2010’s public sector equality duty (PSED) requires higher education institutions (HEIs) in England to publish information in compliance with the equality duty annually. Additionally each year all universities have to provide statistics about their staff to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). These statistics help to indicate what needs to be done to encourage more people with diverse needs to work in the sector. The information you provide will be treated confidentially and stored in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Information will be used for statistical purposes. Measures will be taken to ensure that Goldsmiths does not reveal the identity of individuals through the publication of statistical data, analysis and reports. It is voluntary for you to disclose the information that we have asked for. If you would prefer to not answer any question please select the option for ‘Information Refused’.

Please see the Goldsmiths Equality and Diversity Policy.

5. Disability

When enrolling for a short course you will be asked whether you have a disability.

This information helps the College ensure the appropriate arrangements may be made for teaching and assessment and for provision of other services as required. The term ‘disabled’ covers a wide range of impairments and long-term medical conditions. The legal definition says a disabled person is someone with ‘a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities’ (Disability Discrimination Act 1995). If you have a disability and require disability-related support or adjustments, please speak to a Disability Adviser - information and contact details can be found on our Disability page.

6. Criminal record declaration

When enrolling for a short course you will be asked whether you have any unspent criminal convictions. Goldsmiths reserves the right to ask any student about unspent criminal convictions and other offences when determining whether to confirm enrolment into the College community. In determining fitness to join the College community, Goldsmiths may ask for further information concerning any convictions, cautions or other relevant information. All persons with unspent criminal convictions must tick the appropriate box. Offences that are not spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act must be declared.

Please see Goldsmiths' criminal record declaration for applicants.

7. Complaints process

You can contact the department sponsoring your short course to resolve matters and this is often the best way to address concerns. It may help to raise the issue with the member of staff concerned, or with a tutor first, with the aim of resolving things locally. We call this first stage “Front-Line Resolution”. If this is not possible or does not resolve issues you can contact shortcourses@gold.ac.uk and we will endeavour to assist.

8. Age policy

Our short courses are not available to participants under the age of 18.

Eventbrite Terms and Conditions

Please visit the Eventbrite Terms and Conditions page for more information.