How Goldsmiths is getting ready for the new academic year

We are working to get ready for the 2020/21 academic year and learning will be delivered through a mix of online and in-person.

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Our approach for planning for next academic year

Goldsmiths will be open for learning this autumn. Our twin priorities are keeping students safe and delivering a great learning experience while they are with us.

Our decisions will be informed by both UK and global official guidelines and requirements as they are updated in response to the evolving situation with Covid-19.

We will make sure the student experience is the best it can be in the circumstances, is available to all our students, and we will ensure the quality of our teaching is maintained.

Maximum resilience

This means that they will be suitable for whatever phase of social distancing/lockdown we find ourselves in at the start of the academic year and as the year moves on.

This resilience will enable us to adapt to last-minute changes as quickly and effectively as possible. This will ensure we can support our students to the best of our abilities whatever changes occur next year.

Quality and standards

We will prioritise the quality and standards of the education that we provide, ensuring a focus on delivery of education that is of our usual high quality.

Any temporary adaptations to the curriculum we deliver and the way in which we deliver these will have been subject to careful scrutiny through our usual internal and external standards.

This will ensure that our students are receiving the same quality and standard of education even where it differs from how we would previously have provided learning and teaching.

Parity for students

This means that whatever social distancing/lockdown situation a student finds themselves in they should be able to access our education in some form, whether online, in person or a combination.

Health and safety

For everything we do we will ensure that the health and safety of students, staff and visitors is paramount.

Getting ready to reopen campus

Everyone at Goldsmiths is currently working hard to get the university and our campus ready for October when the majority of students start their studies.

Our preparations include:

  • Adapting teaching so it can be delivered online and in-person and introducing new online learning tools
  • Digitising 1,000s of chapters and readings for online access and introducing click and collect for borrowing print materials
  • Installing hand sanitiser stations and sneeze screens across campus
  • Rearranging teaching spaces to ensure social distancing
  • Putting up new signs to help people move around campus safely
  • Launching live chat with the Student Centre
  • Developing support to help students access equipment including laptops
Installing signs on the floor that show which way to walk

Learning on campus

From the autumn learning will be delivered through a mix of online and in-person.

It’s important to understand that we are not offering students the opportunity to study completely online. This means that students will be on campus for some of their teaching and learning activities.

We are making provision for students to study online if they must self-isolate, have underlying health conditions that make them vulnerable to more serious Covid-19 infection or have caring responsibilities.

Due to the wide range of subjects offered at Goldsmiths there are likely to be differences in how courses are taught. We will endeavour to ensure that you will receive the same standard of learning.

We will be contacting students and applicants about changes to the way their programme is delivered by mid-August.

Studying safely on campus

One of our priorities is making sure our campus is as safe as it can be for students, staff and visitors.

Goldsmiths is following official guidance from the UK government and its health agencies to ensure our campus is safe. Our campus safety measures include:

  • keeping two metres apart from other people wherever possible
  • changing how people use campus – like using one-way systems in our corridors and installing hand sanitiser stations and screens
  • enhanced campus cleaning in line with standards used in hospitals

We will expect all our students and staff to wear face coverings when moving around university buildings and interacting with others, except when there are other measures in place like sneeze screens. We’re developing guidance to support people who need to lipread or are unable to wear a face covering.

We’ll share further details about face coverings and other important safety aspects of campus life before term starts.

We fully recognise the disproportionate impact Covid-19 continues to have on BME communities and our planning includes specific measures to support BME students, colleagues and visitors.

Students working in a lab wearing face coverings

Living safely in London

The safety of our community when they are away from campus is very important to us.

The UK government has a range of health measures in place to protect the public and a clear plan for managing the pandemic. This includes making the wearing of face coverings compulsory on public transport and in shops and takeaways.

As in other countries, the UK government plans to use targeted local interventions to address increases in Covid-19 infections. Goldsmiths has been working with Lewisham Council, our local authority, to help develop a plan to manage any outbreaks in the area.

The College also has close links to the local National Health Service (NHS), working with the doctors at the Waldron Health Centre which is five minutes from campus. University Hospital Lewisham is our local hospital and central London is home to a large number of world-leading hospitals.

Information for students who will be arriving into the UK from another country.