What You Said: Comments to the Decision Makers

“The current plans for Goldsmiths could signal the end of democratic education in the U.K.” Christopher Connery, Chair, History of Consciousness Department, Professor, World Literature and Cultural Studies, UC Santa Cruz, USA “Another example where core teaching and administrative staff pay for bad management. We need change.” Professor Steve Edwards, Birkbeck, London, UK “Goldsmiths is a treasure…

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Open Letter to Professor Frances Corner, OBE, Warden of Goldsmiths, Council & Senior Management Team

​​We are academics, researchers and artists who have in various ways collaborated with members of the Goldsmiths community over the years or have been members of staff or students ourselves – or are simply acquainted with the College’s stellar reputation. Goldsmiths, University of London, is internationally renowned for its progressive and critical education, its commitment…

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How Goldsmiths Staff Are Fighting Covid Austerity 700 Lecturers Refuse to Mark Essays as 120 Job Losses Loom at Goldsmiths University Students Union criticises university management over Evolving Goldsmiths plan ‘Despicable in a pandemic’: fury as UK universities plan job cuts

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Staff Assembly

Brown Paper Bag Lunchtime Assembly Second Meeting 18/02/21 @1pm To get your Zoom link invitation register with Eventbrite The time has come to reconstitute ourselves, to push ahead with widening the grassroots, staff-led discussion about Goldsmiths and its future, including the College’s response to the budgetary deficit and the COVID-19 crisis. To our knowledge, the…

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What’s Next for Collective Change?

Creating the Vote To generate the Vote of No Confidence we needed to make two crucial decisions: (1) Who would be the constituents of the VoNC? (2) How would the VoNC be administered? Limiting the VoNC to Academic Departments We value all voices on campus and had lengthy and heartfelt discussions about who could and…

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Where did Collective Change come from?

Back in April 2020 the Steering Group of the Professors’ Forum sent out a proposal to all staff in academic departments, inviting them to ask how Goldsmiths might ensure better decision-making structures going forward. The impoverished capacity for inclusive and participatory decision-making across the College was highlighted as a key shortcoming of ‘Evolving Goldsmiths’. The…

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