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The Goldsmiths community strategy

Goldsmiths has a long history of engagement with communities. While our reach is world-wide, we have a special commitment to our local communities within south east London.

We've developed innovative approaches to community engagement and development through our world-class research centres and our academic programmes. These combine theoretical investigation with an understanding of impact, implementation and activism within communities.

Goldsmiths is a civic university committed to active involvement with local communities in south east London, as well as London as a whole. We're able to harness global knowledge, economic and social capital to work for the best interests of our local communities and the local economy. Through our presence and work we will continually increase the social, economic, physical, creative, cultural and educational contributions we make to our communities.

How we work with the community

  • Hundreds of Goldsmiths students and staff volunteer within the community.
  • In 2014/15 Goldsmiths staff and students raised thousands of pounds for local charities. Our students also collected donations for the local foodbank at Deptford Reach to help families over Christmas.
  • We have world class researchers working in Goldsmiths and two of our research centres focus on community engagement and community development issues:

    • The Centre for Community Engagement Research has created research partnerships between Goldsmiths students and local organisations who need research help.
    • The Centre for Urban and Community Research began 20 years ago with research focused on the impact of local regeneration schemes in Lewisham. Today its reach is world-wide.
  • We offer room bookings to local non-profit groups for their events at a low charge; sometimes even for free.
  • We work with many local schools and run workshops for hundreds of local pupils.
  • We run a community access scheme that lets local residents use the Goldsmiths’ library.
  • We held over a hundred public lectures and recitals in 2014/15 and we will promote these events more to our local community – everyone is welcome!

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2015-16 community involvement

Forging relationships with schools, colleges, and community organisations

Community volunteers

We're going to increase the number of volunteers among our students and staff who work with local community organisations and groups.

We'll also work with local schools and colleges to extend the Goldsmiths outreach programme.

Providing accessible learning and research

Learning

We have launched a new range of short courses

We'll establish research partnerships with local community groups and organisations matching research students with local research needs.

We have relaunched our library community membership scheme - local residents can come to the library reception with ID and get a day or annual pass for reference access to library book stock, special collections and archives.

Being a good neighbour

Goldsmiths Open Day

Everyone appreciates a good neighbour and Goldsmiths is committed to being a great one. We write a newsletter for the local community to let our neighbours know all the latest news and how they can get involved with Goldsmiths events.

We also invite our neighbours to come along to Goldsmiths Open Days to find out more about what we offer.

Sharing spaces and facilities with the community

Spaces and facilities

The Goldsmiths campus has various rooms and hiring space available for the community to use.

We also have a community gym membership scheme to help locals stay fit and healthy.

In 2015 we'll better promote these facilities, along with all our fantastic public events including recitals, exhibitions and productions.

Contributing to local workforce development

Cafe

We will ensure Goldsmiths job vacancies are advertised locally, using local press.

It's important to us to support professional training for public services like teaching, youth workers and social workers, so we'll be continuing this in 2015.

We'll also support student and graduate entrepreneurs to establish business locally.

Connecting with community stakeholders

Community groups

We'll be meeting regularly with the London Borough of Lewisham and partnership groups such as Safer Lewisham.

We'll also keep in contact with key community groups.

During 2015 we worked with local community groups Grow Wild and Artmongers on the ‘Sunflowers for Change’ project in New Cross – over 40 of our staff and students volunteered to help plant, maintain and harvest the Sunflowers.

Supporting business in the local community

Local business

The Goldsmiths shops on New Cross Road will be redeveloped, and we'll create space for new business and enterprise.

We'll review the procurement opportunities for local business and ensure they're accessible.

And we'll find out how we can support local business discount schemes for our students and staff.