Goldsmiths, University of London
Wednesday 10 July 2013
Overall ranking: Came 50th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide for 2014.
History: The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths set up its Technical and Recreative Institute in 1891 to provide educational opportunities for the people of New Cross. The University of London acquired the institute and re-established it as Goldsmiths College in 1904.
Address: Located in New Cross, Lewisham, south-east London, Goldsmiths is15 minutes from central London by train.
Ambience: Creative and cool, a vibrant urban area in one of the grittier parts of London.
Who's the boss? Mr Pat Loughrey, a former BBC director of nations and regions, took up post as warden of Goldsmiths in April 2010.
Prospectus: 020 7078 5300 or order one here.
UCAS code: G56
What you need to know
Easy to get into? Not particularly. Different courses ask for between BCC and AAB at A-level or equivalent, while most art and design subjects require a portfolio. Applicants without formal qualifications will be considered.
Vital statistics: Part of the University of London, Goldsmiths has traditionally excelled in art and teacher training. Today it's also known for good drama, music, visual arts, sociology and media. It has around 5,800 undergrads, 3,400 postgrads and over 1,500 staff.
Added value: Library, IT and language resources have been brought together in a state-of-the-art building which won a RIBA award. The new Ben Pimlott Building, named after the late warden, houses art studios and psychology and digital media labs. Its Alsop-designed façade (and accompanying sculptural ‘scribble’) has become a new landmark in the area. Six former students of Goldsmiths have gone on to win the Turner Prize. Radical and unconventional approaches to certain subjects may attract those looking for something a little different.
Teaching: 55th out of 124 for student satisfaction with teaching.
Research: 33rd out of 124 in the Research Assessment Exercise.
Graduate prospects: 102nd out of 124 with 54.2 per cent entering graduate level employment.
Any accommodation? You bet. Most students pay between £99 and £143 per week at Goldsmiths' self-catering halls of residence.
Cheap to live there? Surprisingly this part of London is not all that expensive, but it's still upwards of £80 per week for a room in a shared flat.
Transport links: Very close to central London- 15 minutes by train, bus or DLR.
Fees: New full-time UK and EU undergraduates are charged £9000 per year. Overseas applicants pay up to £15,000 per year, depending on the course.
Bursaries: Financial support and scholarships available are worth more than £1.8m- one of the most generous packages in London. Offers an extensive range of bursaries and awards.
The fun stuff
Nightlife: The student bar has an excellent atmosphere and a late license several nights each week. It is great value for money and a friendly place to meet people. The Students’ Union hosts a varied selection of events too, including regular quizzes, gigs and film nights, as well as the fabulous weekly Club Sandwich night, a Goldsmiths institution! There are four student balls per year.
Price of a pint: We're in London here, so prices will likely still reach at least £3.40.
Sporting reputation: Renowned for the arts they may be, but the Goldsmiths lot aren't particularly sporty- ranked 130th in the current BUCS league, near the bottom of the table.
Notable societies: The Drama Society often take their plays to the Edinburgh Fringe while the Adventure Society seeks to promote all sorts of adventure across London, hosting regularly fun trips and events.
Glittering alumni: Contemporary artists, including Sam Taylor-Wood, Tracey Emin, Bridget Riley and Damien Hirst, plus leading creative figures such as Vivienne Westwood, Malcolm McLaren, Graham Coxon and Alex James. Also Julian Clary, Tessa Jowell, Damon Albarn of Blur, Katy B, and Mary Quant.
Alternative prospectus: Put any burning questions to current students on The Student Room and learn more about the Goldsmiths experience.
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