Autumn term 2021

The latest information on how Goldsmiths will be delivering teaching and operating for the first term of the 2021-22 academic year.

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The information on this page reflects how we are currently planning to operate in the autumn term. It may change.

Many legal Covid-19 restrictions in England have been removed. However, the government may need to bring back controls and issue new guidance to universities.

Please check this page and the emails we will send you.

Teaching and learning

We are looking forward to welcoming all students to campus for regular in-person learning activities.

Interactive teaching activities (eg tutorials, seminars, workshops and practice-based) will be on campus in person.

Non-interactive teaching activity (eg where the majority of the session is a teacher presenting information with little discussion or questioning from students) will be pre-recorded and delivered online in a suitable format. Feedback from students has told us many people prefer this type of delivery for this kind of teaching.

You can see what this means for your programme of study and assessments in the published programme specifications addenda.

We expect all our students to attend teaching on campus, and will not be offering an option for students to study remotely at this time. We will make provision for students who cannot attend part of the term due to Covid-19 because they are unwell, self-isolating or have travel restrictions.

If you are concerned you will not be able to travel to the UK in time for the start of term, contact your department.

Facilities and support services

All students will be able to access specific equipment and software if required to achieve learning outcomes (eg practice rooms). Departments are planning how everyone can access these to ensure Covid-safety.

The Library is open for use as a study space and to borrow books and resources. Many of the core texts (book chapters, journal articles etc) have been digitised and are available online.

Our student support teams – Careers, Wellbeing, Disability, Chaplaincy – will provide face-to-face and online support. The Student Centre will be open to visit and available online via Live Chat.

Campus shops and cafes will be open.

Enrolment, Welcome Week and inductions

Term starts on 27 September for the majority of programmes (see variations for specific programmes).

You should complete enrolment online before the start of term and before you come to campus.

You should expect to have an in-person induction session for your programme on campus, scheduled by your academic department. This will also be an opportunity to meet with others on your programme.

General induction information about Goldsmiths will be online through a series of interactive modules on (our virtual learning environment). We will email you with instructions about how and when to access these. You can complete them before coming to campus.

Arriving in the UK and your student accommodation

See our page about arriving for the autumn term.

Protecting yourself and others on campus

We’re encouraging all students, staff and visitors who are able to do so wear face-coverings indoors on campus, particularly where social distancing cannot be maintained.

We are planning the use of teaching spaces to allow for 1.1m social distancing, except for some well-ventilated rooms or in labs where distancing is not possible.

Hand sanitiser stations are available throughout campus.

Read more on keeping Covid-secure on campus.

Testing for Covid-19

We are waiting for government guidance on testing for the Autumn term. Currently, the National Health Service recommends everyone tests themselves twice a week using free rapid lateral flow tests. You can collect packs of these from testing sites across London or ordered them online.

Anyone who has symptoms of Covid can get a PCR test locally in London. These are booked online. Appointments are usually available the same or the next day.

If you test positive for Covid-19, you need to tell us, and we will contact you to offer support.

Getting vaccinated

It is essential everyone gets two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine as soon as they can.

If you haven’t been able to get these before arriving at Goldsmiths, you will be able to get vaccinated at our local health centre Amersham Vale.  It is a five-minute walk from Goldsmiths and is the NHS GP surgery we recommend all students register with.  This is available to all our students, both UK and international.

We will share more details of when and how to get vaccinated at Amersham Vale closer to the start of term.