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Goldsmiths activities - Selena Bolingbroke


Goldsmiths activities - Selena Bolingbroke talked through the following Goldsmiths

Community engagement overview:


1. Building strong relationships with local schools and colleges and community organisations

  • Volunteering in the community – 20% of students are active volunteers
  • Building partnerships with local schools and colleges – 200 local students on the Goldsmiths Progression scheme, 1400 local young people attending Goldsmiths Master Classes
  • Providing study scholarships for Lewisham students – 10 full tuition fee scholarships awarded annually
  • Providing pre-entry careers advice – independent Matrix accredited advice for anyone thinking about their options pre-HE


2. Accessible learning and research

  • Lectures and performances open to the public – see event planner on website, updated weekly
  • World class research including Centre for Community Engagement Research and the Centre for Urban Community Research
  • Short courses – 12 new courses launched this year
  • Integrated degrees – aimed at adult returners (often local) over 200 enrolments this year
  • Research demonstrations – Lewisham’s People Day: 2015 Forensic Psychology experiment, 2016 Local History consultation on commemoration event for 40yr anniversary of Battle of Lewisham (Aug.2017), Research installations Lewisham Shopping Centre, Show-Off Science events Amersham Arms March 2016
  • Library community membership scheme – just need ID and proof of residence


3. Being a good neighbour

  • Consultation events with local community in relation to our estate master planning
  • Student accommodation – we have dedicated Stakeholder Engagement manager whose responsibilities include liaison with local residents
  • Open Days – local community always welcome, also this year Goldsmiths will take part in the ‘Open House London’ event – where the restored St James church will be fully open and accessible with tours - Sept. 17th 2016


4. Sharing space and facilities

  • Community groups can book rooms at Goldsmiths at low or even no cost – last year 21 events were supported involving over 7000 participants, including school sports days on the College Green.
  • Club Pulse is our gym and leisure facility – local community can apply for membership – over 500 community members.
  • Curzon Cinema – new partnership between Goldsmiths and Curzon to redevelop our cinema facilities and provide a Curzon quality programme open for our students, staff and the local community



5. Contributing to local workforce development

  • Goldsmiths is one of the largest employers in Lewisham
  • We are a London Living Wage employer and accredited by the Living Wage Foundation
  • All of our vacancies for professional and support staff are advertised in the local media
  • Our students become graduates who often settle in the local community – higher level of self-employed graduates than many universities, also graduates in teaching, youth work, social work.
  • Our staff volunteer at schools and other organisations in the local community


6. Connecting with Political and Representative Stakeholders within the Community

  • New Memorandum of Understanding signed between Goldsmiths and Lewisham Council – to underpin closer working relationship and shared priorities
  • Goldsmiths Students’ Union ran a big voter registration campaign this year and invited Vicky Foxcroft to conduct one of her constituency surgeries on campus
  • Goldsmiths now represented on the Lewisham Local forum, Lewisham Safer Communities Partnership and Stronger Communities Partnership
  • Goldsmiths headline sponsor of Telegraph Hill Festival, also sponsored the Artmongers/Grow Wild Sunflowers project on New Cross Rd


7. Supporting Local Business

  • Goldsmiths Procurement run ‘Meet the Buyers’ events to help inform local small businesses how they can become part of our supply chain
  • 16% of our suppliers are businesses registered with a SE postcode
  • Over 130 small local businesses attended our jobs fayre to promote their part time job opportunities to our students
  • Goldsmiths members of the Lewisham Fairtrade Committee and our staff help and advise local businesses that want to become Fairtrade accredited


For more information, Or contact Selena Bolingbroke


The assembly appreciated Selena taking the time to attend and would like her to

update again in future assemblies.