Information on what is happening for the end of the autumn term and travelling away from Goldsmiths for Christmas.
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Students must continue to follow national restrictions in place until 2 December by staying in term-time accommodation
Students should plan to travel during the 3-9 December, with staggered dates set by Goldsmiths. The seven-day “student travel window” has been set out by the government to coincide with the end of national restrictions in England on 2 December – by travelling during the travel window students can help reduce the risk of transmission.
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Please note that arrangements for postgraduate students on research, teaching (PGCE) and clinical (Psychotherapy etc) placements are in place to allow completion of these placements and therefore travel outside of the Government travel windows.
Covid-19 testing on campus
Students and staff at Goldsmiths will be able to access free Covid-19 NHS testing on campus from Monday 30 November to Friday 11 December.
Teaching moves online - 7 December
In order to allow for travel during term time, in-person teaching and assessments will be moved online from 7 December and for the remainder of this term.
Your department will contact you to confirm arrangements, including where assessment was scheduled within this window and how to engage with this online provision.
It is important to note the content of your timetable when planning your travel in order to ensure your engagement with your studies. Students on the BMus Popular Music and the Fine Art (Extension) programmes may have alternative arrangements in place and this will be confirmed to you by your department.
Our campus, services and facilities remain open and operating during this period of online teaching. Arrangements for campus and service access during the Christmas break will be communicated to you nearer the time.
Travelling away from the UK
While you are strongly advised to use your designated travel window, travel outside of the UK can occur at any time. However, many countries require you to have taken a specific test in order to enter – please ensure you check the latest travel advice. We are continuing to look into how best to support those wishing to travel outside of the UK with their testing arrangements and email students about this.
We have been able to reach an agreement with Twelve Transfers to facilitate transport to London airports for those who need them: email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Twelve Transfers website, quoting ‘V99A99’ for a 5% discount on the journey price.
Those who have booked travel
We are mindful that there will be some of you with pre-booked tickets for travel that may now fall outside of the date provided for your student travel window. You are advised to ensure you have secured your alternative arrangements before making any cancellations.
For some students, this will mean incurring new costs that may be difficult to cover. If this is your situation, and you would like to access support in order to be able to cover these costs, you may be eligible for our new financial support.
Those not planning to travel
If you are not planning to travel at the end of term, you can disregard these arrangements – other than to note the changes in teaching provision from 7 December.
If you are staying in a Goldsmiths residence, we will be contacting you separately to ask you to inform us of your intention to stay within residences over the Christmas break, and we will keep you up-to-date with opportunities, support and arrangements for you during this time.
Spring term, January 2021
The government is yet to issue guidance to universities for the Spring Term.
We will communicate any changes to Spring Term arrangements as soon as we are in a position to do so.
If no changes are required, Spring Term will begin on 4 or 11 January (depending on your programme). We will resume the current blend of online and in-person teaching and assessment.
The Spring Term timetable is due to be made available on Monday 30 November.