Covid-19, our community responds

Paying tribute to the ways our staff, students and alumni have responded to the Covid-19 crisis: with generosity, creativity and urgency.

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From mathematical modelling of social distancing to living room dance performances, the response to Covid-19 by our community has represented the breadth of expertise at Goldsmiths.

Here, we pay tribute to the important work being done by our community of artists, designers, programmers, educators and social scientists in extraordinary circumstances.


Production of PPE using equipment on Goldsmiths campus

Producing protective equipment

A team of practice tutors from the Department of Art, Department of Design and Department of Computing are combining skills and equipment to manufacture a reusable visor in large quantities, based on an open-source design. Staff from all departments are doing shifts on campus, using Goldsmiths' laser cutters, 3D printers and large-format printers.

Staff from the Department of Computing have also set up 3D printers at home to print visors as part of The Big Print campaign, joining volunteers from around the UK.

Demanding answers

Yvonne Field, a lecturer in Community Studies in STaCS, has written an open letter to the Prime Minister to demand an investigation into the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 in BAME communities. 

The letter was written in her role of Director of Ubele, a social enterprise dedicated to the future of the African Diaspora. 


Student Clemence Debaig performs interactive dance from home

Sharing culture with people at home

Clemence Debaig, a student in the Department of Computing performed an interactive dance live from her living room as part of the exhibition Acts of Bravery. In Strings, the dancer is wearing electronic devices which allow the audience to control their movements. 

Dr James Bulley from the Department of Music has composed a score for The National Trust. It will be performed live by five musicians around the UK to coincide with daybreak, starting in John O'Groats and ending in Cornwall. 

Donating skills and raising money

Dr Ashok Jansari is part of London City Voices. The choir released a cover of You've Got a Friend, recorded individually by 270 singers and stitched together digitally. To date, they've raised over £50,000 for Women's Aid. 

Robert Liow, an MA student in Media, Communications and Cultural Studies, made a promotional video for the One Million Meals campaign, an initiative that aims to bring hot, nutritious meals to NHS staff and key workers. 

Rob Hall, BA student in the Department of Computing, built the website for Artists and Allies, a global network of artists making PPE.


Getting food and equipment to those who need it

Protective eyewear usually used by students studying for PGCE Science Education at Goldsmiths was donated to nursing staff at Lambeth Hospital after a student alerted course leaders to the hospital’s shortage.

Goldsmiths staff, in collaboration with the Students' Union, also arranged for two car loads of food to be collected and delivered to Lewisham Food Bank. 

Interrogating our new normal

Yasmin Gunaratnam has contributed to a new project, supported by The Sociological Review, which is collecting stories to document peoples' lived experiences of Covid-19. Her contribution is focused on issues around end-of-life care.

Academics from Goldsmiths' Political Economy Research Centre (PERC) have been exploring the social and political context of the crisis on the PERC blog. Dr Martina Tazzioli writes on surveillance, mobility and who gets protected, and Professor Will Davies looks at how work is valued and socially recognised, and how attitudes may change after the crisis. 

Mathematical modelling by Dr Giorgios Galanis from the Institute of Management Studies has demonstrated the impact of delaying social distancing by just a few days on the contagion rate of Covid-19.