Goldsmiths, University of London, officially the Goldsmiths’ College, is a constituent research university of the University of London in England. It was originally founded in 1891 as The Goldsmiths’ Technical and Recreative Institute by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths in New Cross, London and specialises in the arts, design, humanities and social sciences. It was acquired by the University of London in 1904 and renamed Goldsmiths’ College. The main building on campus, known as the Richard Hoggart Building, was originally opened in 1792 and is the site of the former Royal Naval School.

According to Quacquarelli Symonds (2021), Goldsmiths ranks 12th in Communication and Media Studies, 15th in Art & Design and is ranked in the top 50 in the areas of Anthropology, Sociology and the Performing Arts. In 2020, the university enrolled over 10,000 students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 37% of students come from outside the United Kingdom and 52% of all undergraduates are mature students (aged 21 or over at the start of their studies).[9] Additionally, around a third of students at Goldsmiths are postgraduate students.


National rankings
Complete (2022) 63=
Guardian (2022) 107
Times / Sunday Times (2022) 61
Global rankings
QS (2022) 416
THE (2022) 401–500
British Government assessment
Teaching Excellence Framework Bronze

In 2017, Goldsmiths’ Media and Communications department was named the second best in the UK and 8th worldwide, although by 2020 this department’s ranking had fallen to 18th in the UK. Goldsmiths’ overall national rankings are about 70th, and in the TEF Goldsmiths achieved a Bronze rating, the lowest possible ranking.

Open access to research by Goldsmiths academics

Goldsmiths Research Online (GRO) is a repository of research publications and other research outputs conducted by academics at Goldsmiths. The repository also holds Goldsmiths’ collection of doctoral theses. GRO is part of Goldsmiths Online Research Collections (ORC) which also includes Goldsmiths Journals Online (GOJO), a hosting platform for open access journals and conference proceedings.