Goldsmiths, University of London is the operational name for Goldsmiths’ College, a public research university located in London, United Kingdom which specialises in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and a constituent college of the federal University of London. It was founded in 1891 as Goldsmiths’ Technical and Recreative Institute by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths in New Cross, London. It was acquired by the University of London in 1904 and was renamed Goldsmiths’ College. The word College was dropped from its branding in 2006, but “Goldsmiths’ College“, with the apostrophe, remains the institution’s formal legal name.
The College has a distinguished history of contributing to arts and sciences. Its Department of Art is widely recognised as one of Britain’s most prestigious, producing the YBA’s art collective and over 20 Turner Prizenominees. Goldsmiths is also famous for Psychology, Sociology, Media and Cultural Studies, Languages and Literature, Visual Cultures and Anthropology.
Nearly 20% of students come from countries outside the UK, and 52% of all undergraduates are mature students (aged 21 or over at the start of their studies). Around a third of students at Goldsmiths are postgraduate students.
A member of the 1994 Group of smaller, research oriented universities, in the 2008 Research Assessment ExerciseGoldsmiths came 9th in the UK for world-leading research (shown by the top 4* grade). The Department of Sociology performed particularly strongly, and was placed joint first with three other institutions. And in the Department of Media and Communications 80% of activity was in the highest two bands.
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Goldsmiths, University of London
Goldsmiths University of London, London, SE14 6NW