Yesterday we had a department open meeting, which is an opportunity for students to give us feedback about the courses and make suggestions for improvement.
At Goldsmiths we work hard to involve students in the decisions we take. All committees that affect students have student representation and we take their opinion very seriously. For example, when we appointed our new warden (the head of Goldsmiths) the student union president was on the panel making that decision.
It was nice to receive some good feedback from students, they thought that feedback on the coursework was quick, staff were good at replying to student emails and they liked the newly upgraded online learning environment, particularly that it automatically sent reminders about their coursework deadlines. But there are always things that can be improved. The students asked that more courses make use of the online learning environment and for more evening access to our labs. It’s now my job to try and make these things happen. I can’t promise to be able to do everything the students ask for, but I will always do my best. Only by continually getting feedback from students and continually trying to improve our courses will we get the best possible student experience.
(Director of Studies)
We are extremely pleased for the class of 2010-11. All 8 of our new graduates have secured good positions in games studios or technology/graphics companies (including one self-starter/entrepreneur).
Are you trying to decide if Goldsmiths is for you? Do you have questions you’d like to ask about any of our postgraduate programmes in Computing? Perhaps you just want to find out a little more about the department? We will be running a series of webchats over the course of the year so that we can answer as many of your questions as possible. Details will be appearing here shortly so keep checking back!
It is a place that encourages you to be innovative and creative in your work. We have a unique approach to teaching that combines the best teaching methods from computing with those from the creative arts. I believe this is the right way to teach computing in the 21st century as computer programmers increasingly have to think creatively and visually, whether they are developing interactive phone apps, graphics intensive video games or rich media HTML5 websites.
More importantly, in the creative arts students learn by doing and taking responsibility for their own work. Computing is a practical discipline and the best way to learn it is by doing your own projects, just as an artist would learn. Finally, it makes studying fun and encourages you to let your own interests and ideas shape your work, making university a much more enjoyable experience.
I would like to give you a chance to find out more about Goldsmiths before you make your decisions and will be inviting you to take part in a live web chat with me next term, where you will be able to ask any questions you have. In the meantime please feel free to email me (m.gillies [at] gold.ac.uk) with any questions you might have about the course.
Dr Marco Gillies
Senior Lecturer, Director of Studies
Department of Computing, Goldsmiths
Welcome! This blog is a space for students, applicants, or people interested in studying with us. We are extremely proud of our undergraduate and our postgraduate students, and of the work they produce. So who can blame us for wanting to show off a little bit?
Over the next few weeks we’ll be updating this blog regularly to show you what our students are working on and to give you a flavour of what it’s like to study in the Department of Computing.
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