The Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths University of London is a thriving centre of excellence in research and teaching with around 568 undergraduates, 118 postgraduates (including PhD and MSc students across 8 postgraduate programmes) and 35 academic staff and a focus on intellectually rigorous thinking and practice. In the December 2014 REF, the department’s research intensity was rated in the top 10 of UK psychology departments, with 72% of its research and 100% of its impact case studies judged as internationally excellent or world-leading. The 2011 QS World University Rankings placed the department in the UK top 20 overall, and 8th for research publications. The department has a track record of attracting significant research income, involving both interdisciplinary and cross-cultural work, thus reinforcing Goldsmiths’ key values.

The department’s research-led teaching is highly rated: in the 2014 National Student Survey, 91% of our students are satisfied with their Psychology course at Goldsmiths, placing us within the top 5th percentile for first degrees in psychology offered nationwide.

The Unit for School and Family Studies at Goldsmiths was founded in 1998. The aims of the Unit are to pursue research in the areas of social development, particularly as they affect children in school, and families. Much of the focus of the Unit’s research activities has been on school bullying, and emotional and behavioural difficulties in school-aged children. The Unit website is at http://www.gold.ac.uk/usfs/.