Evolving Goldsmiths

Evolving Goldsmiths is our action plan to secure a bright future for the university, where we continue to provide the best possible teaching and research opportunities and enable a lasting legacy of progressive social change.

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Professor Frances Corner, Warden of Goldsmiths outlines Evolving Goldsmiths

To deliver this we are looking at key parts of the organisation to make sure we fully meet the needs of our students, staff and other stakeholders.

This includes overcoming a range of challenges facing both our institution and higher education as a whole. Evolving Goldsmiths is our action plan to address these challenges by bringing about positive institutional change over the next decade.

By 2030 we will have a solid financial foundation to ensure the university is viable and sustainable – allowing us to further grow our reputation as a beacon with an active local, national and global reach.

As the name of this project suggests, this process is about evolution rather than revolution: we will build on Goldsmiths’ heritage, cultures and achievements as part of a transformational process to ensure we are fit for the future.

Information about Evolving Goldsmiths will be shared on this page for students, members of the Goldsmiths community and external stakeholders with an interest in the university.

Read an in-depth look at the Evolving Goldsmiths, setting out the background, rationale and delivery of the programme:
Evolving Goldsmiths - Overview (PDF)

See bullet-pointed slides about the programme:
Evolving Goldsmiths - Slides (PDF)

Challenges faced by Goldsmiths

Along with many other organisations in the higher education sector, Goldsmiths is facing a number of challenges. These include financial challenges, how we perform on a range of key measures for universities and how we can best meet the requirements of students both today and in the future.

How Goldsmiths is responding

Evolving Goldsmiths is a project to examine key parts of the university with the goal of making sure we are in the best shape to face the future.

This means being able to provide students with the best possible learning and research opportunities, ensuring that our academic offer is relevant to new students and providing an excellent working environment for our colleagues.

To help support these ambitions, the College must modernise and invest in certain areas – like curriculum and facilities – so that Goldsmiths is a destination for students and colleagues alike. To generate the headroom necessary for both investment and financial stability, Goldsmiths will be conducting cost reduction exercises across a range of areas including a generous Voluntary Severance Scheme.

What’s changing

This is a wide-ranging programme being undertaken throughout 2020.

An early priority is to establish new structures and ways of working which will create the right environment for growth and excellence.

These include appointing three Executive Deans who will be responsible for leading our three Schools: the School of Arts and Humanities, the School of Culture and Society and the School of Professional Studies, Science and Technology.

We are also appointing a Dean of Students who will be responsible for improving student support to deliver a better student experience as part of our response to requests and feedback from our students.

These changes will take place over the remainder of the current academic year and will be in place in time for the start of academic year 2020/21.

What it means for current students

Evolving Goldsmiths will make administrative and management structures at the university more efficient – which in turn will enable our staff to focus on providing students with support where it is most needed.

What it means for future students

All of the proposals will help develop and grow Goldsmiths. Those seeking to join us is the future will benefit from the improved structures, facilities and an academic offer which is both relevant and challenging and a fully sustainable organisation.

If you have any questions about Evolving Goldsmiths email: askchange (@gold.ac.uk)

Page published on 28 January 2020