Statement on Goldsmiths

The Social History Society is dismayed at the current plans for radical restructuring at Goldsmiths, University of London, which has put academics and administrative staff in the departments of English & Creative Writing and History at risk of compulsory redundancy.

The History department at Goldsmiths is a dynamic and thriving centre of social history. Its historians are internationally renowned for their creative and socially informed work, as well as the progressive education offered to their students.

The department has strengths in early modern and modern history which cover a remarkable geographical area, giving students a truly innovative perspective on globally important subjects. The department is also home to the UK’s first MAs in Black British history and Queer history and has a notably diverse student body, a high proportion of whom come from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

The restructuring and redundancies are opposed by both the University and Colleges Union and a group of academics, researchers and artists organised under the banner of the ‘Collective Change Working Group’.

We call on our members to add their voices to the campaign against redundancies and pass on our solidarity to those affected.