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Students Reflecting on their experience with The Gold Award.

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Matilda Smith, BA History of Art

"My overall experience of the Gold Award has been a positive one. Before starting the award, I was quite nervous as I thought it would be intense and difficult, but as I started taking part in the activities it came quickly to my realisation that it easily fits around my university work and extra-curricular activities. It has provided me with a sense of purpose as it has shown me many opportunities that I would not have known about had I not taken part with the award such as buddying with Sense and working alongside Heart n Soul.

There have been no negative moments on the award, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to have taken part on this adventure as it has allowed me to explore career choices and shown me what my strengths and weaknesses are. Through highlighting these, it has given me a new perspective on myself and allowed myself to grow and develop into someone that I am proud to be"

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Anne Louise Fortune, MA World Theatres

"I really enjoyed the workshops and getting to know people from across the Goldsmiths community. I really would not have met as many people as I have if it had not been for this award, as I am bad at going to social events. Additionally, my only current income is the PG Student Loan, and the fact that all of this is free is amazing.

When I started in September, I thought that I would finish the course and go back to Manchester and try to build a theatre company. I am now going to develop a career in academia, and I am going to apply for a funded PhD – if I am ultimately successful, I will be the first person in my family to achieve a doctorate.

I now understand that there will be three strands to my future career: 1) Academia; 2) Writing, and; 3) to make theatre, using the skills and ideas I have acquired during the Gold Award.

It is by attending the workshops and participating in the co-curricular activities that I have been able to understand what it is I want to do, and where my strengths lie."

Rodrigo Camacho

Rodrigo Camacho - Music, BMus

"The Gold Award was a very very interesting journey! I have developed a greater sense of self-awareness... I feel generally more independent and autonomous.

"It made me keep a regular rigorous track of all the things I have been doing independently from my academic career and also it helped me developing my networks in a better concise, cohesive stronger way."

Florian Seubert

Florian Seubert - Theatre and Performance, practice-based PhD

"I found The Gold Award especially useful as a reflective platform for thinking about my transition from an academic field into working in the area of performance practice as profession.

"The workshops helped me to become more aware of some of the conventions and pitfalls of the job market in general, and of the creative industries in particular."

Beatrice Benedek

Beatrice Benedek - MA Theatre and Performance

"I believe that one of the main advantages of this programme - for my specific context - was the framework of the programme.

"I’ve felt challenged by lack of time for many years, but actually acknowledging it and understanding how important time-management is made my life a bit easier. And The Gold Award aided me in this too, since we had to submit termly reflections and records."

Lisa Burford

Lisa Burford - STaCS, BA Social Work

"As a mature student leaving full time employment to embark on a new chapter I wanted to engage with all opportunities university life had to offer.

"Having The Gold Award and my Personal Development Record gives me motivation to continue challenging myself and gaining new experiences."

Levi Thompson

Levi Thompson - ICCE, MA Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship

"I found meeting with my Gold Award buddy very helpful, as it was an opportunity to share insight, knowledge and gain understanding of another Gold Award participants' experience.

"My Gold Award buddy and I had a great connection and it was refreshing to share our similar experiences and creative interests. We are still continuing to keep in contact after completing The Gold Award year."

Gold Award Ceremony

Please see our student's creative work displayed at the gold award ceremony.