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This page gives local residents and business owners information on how Goldsmiths is planning Covid safeguards for Autumn term.

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Teams at Goldsmiths, University of London were ready to welcome students for the Autumn term with a range of additional safeguards in place to protect against Coronavirus (Covid-19).

This year all induction activities for students took place online with term starting in October and staggered start dates for some programmes. Courses will typically involve a mix of online and in-person learning with students required to be on the College’s New Cross campus for at least some teaching and learning activities.

Following the latest Government and Public Health England advice, Goldsmiths is taking measures to ensure that its campus is as Covid-secure as it can be for students, staff and visitors.

Measures include people keeping two metres apart wherever possible, wearing face coverings in all areas of campus (unless the person is exempt), installation of sneeze screens and hand sanitiser stations, and enhanced cleaning in line with the standards used in hospitals.

Goldsmiths has been providing guidance and advice to students arriving from outside of the UK to ensure that, where necessary, they can self-isolate for 14 days in line with the Government’s latest Covid-19 control measures.

Special provision is being made for students to study online if they need to self-isolate, have underlying health conditions that make them more vulnerable to Covid-19, or have caring responsibilities alongside specific measures to support BME students, staff, and visitors.

Goldsmiths has also been working closely with Lewisham Council and NHS partners to help develop a plan to manage any outbreaks in the local area.

Before term Louisa Green, Director of Student Experience and Academic Registrar at Goldsmiths, said:

“We are looking forward to welcoming our new and returning students onto campus for what will be a very different kind of term. Our goal is to provide the best possible learning experience for students while adapting our facilities and procedures so that everyone can help to protect themselves and the local community.

“We will keep these measures under constant review and will be ready to update them to reflect the latest public health advice from the Government and our local partners.”