Our alumni community is a vibrant and extensive network consisting of over 50,000 former students based all over the world. Every day we uncover new things about our alumni. Whether it’s a new job, collaboration, product or book – they are constantly making their mark in the world and are an inspiration to staff and students.
We maintain a connection with 50,000 former Goldsmiths students and staff through Goldlink, our award-winning magazine, and various digital channels. As much as possible, we stay in touch in person via an events programme that spans across the world (with help from our Alumni Ambassadors). From February we have a new way of keeping in touch and we are calling it: Goldsmiths Connect.
Goldsmiths Connect is an online platform that will allow its members to network, share expertise, post jobs and if they choose, begin longer-term mentoring relationships based on a range of matching criteria. It is open to our global community of alumni, as well as staff and current students. The platform launches at the start of February but alumni and staff can pre-register and create a profile*.
“Goldsmiths Connect will make our international community of alumni accessible to each other, to students and to staff. You’ll be able to reach out to alumni at all stages of their career and working in a wide range of industries. No matter where you are based, you will all have Goldsmiths in common.” -Mary Davies, Head of Alumni Relations.
Alumni, staff and students are also warmly invited to join us at 6pm on Tuesday, 2 February to celebrate the launch of this new platform. Hosted by Professor Elisabeth Hill, Pro-Warden (Learning, Teaching and Enhancement), the evening includes an alumni panel, advice about approaching mentors and appropriately, an opportunity to network with fellow alumni, staff and students.
- Faraz Osman (BA Media and Communications, 2002) Managing Director and Executive Producer at Lemonade Money… read more.
- Ross Morrison McGill (BA Education with Design and Technology, 1997) Deputy Headteacher at Quintin Kynaston and ‘The most followed teacher on Twitter in the UK’… read more.
- Ruthie Woodward (BMus Popular Music, 2012 and MMus Creative Practice, 2014) General Manager at NXRecords… read more.
- Claudia Megele (MA Social Work, 2009) Programme Leader for CPD and post-qualifying programmes and Digital Lead at Middlesex University London… read more.
- Siobhán Daly (BA English and History, 2001) Executive Producer of Grassroots Shakespeare London and Executive Producer of D A L Y Productions…read more.
- Vanessa Freeman (BSc Anthropology, 1996) Senior Careers Consultant, Goldsmiths, University of London… read more.
We hope you sign up to use Goldsmiths Connect, even if it is just to see the wide range of career paths of Goldsmiths alumni. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Development and Alumni Office.
*Please be assured this is an opt-in service and under no circumstances are your details shared without your explicit consent.
Elisabeth Hill, Pro-Warden (Learning, Teaching and Enhancement) studied Psychology at Lancaster University where her long-term interest in individuals with developmental disorders was cemented academically. From there, she undertook her PhD at the MRC’s Applied Psychology Unit, University of Cambridge, investigating motor difficulties in developmental coordination disorder (DCD), often referred to as dyspraxia and specific language impairment. Since then Elisabeth has focused her work on autism spectrum disorders and DCD at the University of Cambridge, UCL and in her current post as Professor of Neurodevelopmental Disorders in the Department of Psychology.
Faraz Osman (BA Media and Communications, 2002) is a Managing Director and Executive Producer at Lemonade Money, one of the fastest growing video companies in the UK, producing work for broadcasters and brands including Apple, BBC, Channel 4, Disney, Vevo, Nandos and Red Bull. Faraz joined Lemonade Money in 2013, leaving a role in commissioning at Channel 4. He has over a decade of experience in television, online and media production working across International Emmy, BAFTA, BIMA and Broadcast award-winning content. Faraz is also a regular media commentator for Broadcast Magazine and The Guardian and is dedicated to exploring what’s next on television and online video.
Ross Morrison McGill (BA Education with Design and Technology, 1997) is the Deputy Headteacher at Quintin Kynaston and a Guardian Teacher Network Writer. Ross recently published his second teaching book, Te@cher Toolkit and is soon to start on his third. Ross’ website and resources have received over three million views collectively and his blog is ranked consistently as one of the most influential in education across the world. He is the ‘Most Followed Teacher (@TeacherToolkit ) on Twitter in the UK’ and was recently nominated for Debrett’s 500 Most Influential People in Britain 2015 (featured in The Sunday Times).
Ruthie Woodward (BMus Popular Music, 2012 and MMus Creative Practice, 2014) has a keen interest in working in the music industry and music administration. Ruthie is currently the General Manager at NXRecords, an independent record label, formed as a collaboration of the Department of Music at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Matthew Herbert’s Accidental Records. She coordinates and oversees the general running of the label in all aspects including legal, finance, marketing, production, design, events, publicity and A&R. Ruthie is also an experimental electronic pop musician with her cassette EP having been released on local label The Lumen Lake in October 2015 and performs with Rocheman and The Nomadic Female DJ Troupe.
Claudia Megele (MA Social Work, 2009) is Programme Leader for CPD and post-qualifying programmes and Digital Lead at Middlesex University. She is also a psychotherapist at the NHS and a social media expert and the founder of @MHChat. She was selected as one of the top 50 UK higher education social media influencers. Claudia completed an MA in Social Work in 2009 at Goldsmiths, University of London and is pursuing her Doctoral studies. She has presented her work and research at numerous national and international conferences and authored books and various research papers.
Siobhán Daly (BA English and History, 2001) is an experienced Executive Producer with extensive contacts, having worked across West End theatre, music video production and television production at the BBC. Since graduating from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2001 with a BA (Hons) in English and History, Siobhán went on to study at King’s College London, University of London and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Siobhan was selected by Society of London Theatre as one of the UK’s top new producing talent before being head-hunted to relaunch, redevelop and produce for Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions as an Associate Producer. She is currently Executive Producer and Artistic Director of Grassroots Shakespeare London and Executive Producer of D A L Y Productions.
Vanessa Freeman (BSc Anthropology, 1996) works with students, graduates and career changers to help discover their skills and plan their career strategy. With a background in Anthropology, she has a keen interest in people. She is experienced in psychometric testing, personality assessment and interview coaching. She is currently based at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her previous lives have included working for the Civil Service, running a catering business and building toilets in Zambia. In her spare time, she dabbles with producing vintage nights.