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Become a Department Rep

Become a department rep and receive a £700 bursary for your time, plus additional benefits. The Student’s Union are currently accepting applications. This is an opportunity for you to get involved with understanding more about the various aspects of student life and academic organisation at Goldsmiths. Your role would involve communicate and coordinate between students and our college managers and decision-makers in order to push changes to improve the student experience.

Find out more about how to apply.

Spotlight on….

Rambisayi and Nicole who are currently working with Emma Tarlo and Adom Philogene Heron over the summer period as part of GRIP: Research Internships. We caught up with Rambisayi and Nicole to find out more about what they will be working on over the coming weeks.

Rambisayi, BA Anthropology and Visual Practice 
This summer I have been given the opportunity to intern for Professor Emma Tarlo on a project titled Hair Biographies: How do we relate to the fibre that grows from our heads. This project focuses on people’s relationships to their hair. As an intern I will be employing ethnographic methods including photography, voice recordings and writing to compile a unique collection of personal hair stories. This is a very exciting opportunity for me as I get to be mentored by Professor Emma Tarlo whose work on material culture has inspired me throughout my undergraduate studies. As the project is in collaboration with, and is a part of a larger exhibition commissioned by the Horniman Museum I also get to be mentored by Dr Sarah Bryne, deputy keeper of anthropology at the Horniman Museum. The final output will be a short film that will possibly be shown at a larger exhibition commissioned to Prof. Emma Tarlo by the museum for exhibition in 2021.


Nicole, BA Anthropology and Visual Practice 
I will be working on the GRIP internship within the Anthropology department this summer, titled Anthropology and ‘Decoloniality’ with Dr.Adom Philogene Heron and Dr. Gabriel Dattatreyan. The final research project will be presented in the form of a website. The aim of the site is to host a dialogue about decolonization and its relationship to anthropology as a discipline, articulating efforts to decenter the anthropological canon by questioning established forms of knowledge production and what is considered legitimate within the academic space, including the medium that conveys information itself. Thus, there will be range of ways to channel and challenge ethnographic ideas through alternative forms to conventional academic text (and language), such as photography, film, audio recordings, etc. I am delighted to be part of this project and the ongoing discussion of decolonization in pedagogy, much of what has emerged from recent decentering meetings at Goldsmiths, as well as Goldsmiths Anti-Racist Action group. I am looking forward to interviewing participants, reflecting on my conversations with them, and situating their perspective on a digital space for others to engage with. 

What next? Our tops tips for recent graduates









Your training in Anthropology provides skills, knowledge and sensibilities that are useful in pretty much any sector. Therefore, we have put together a list of top tips for recent graduates which include agencies to check out and books and podcasts to look into to help inspire your exciting journeys ahead.


General Student & Graduate Hubs to check out


Students and new alumni (for up to three years) have access to CareerSPACE at Goldsmiths University, where you can receive professional career advice, networking opportunities and access to jobs listings. Students and alumni can create an account here.



Milkround have an extensive database of graduate jobs, internships and graduate schemes that you can apply for. If you are unsure of what industry to you would like to go into, Milkround can also help in providing advice.

Employment sectors we recommend looking at

Third Sector

Flow Caritas’s main aim is to find new talent and build careers in the UK not for profit Sector. If you are looking to take on a new challenge, Harris Hill can help you find your ideal charity job. Charity People are recruiters who work with some of the biggest and smallest charities in and outside of the UK. Prospectus recruit for roles across every entry point exclusively with the not for profit sector.

Creative Industries, Art and Heritage

If you are looking to apply your anthropology knowledge and set of transferable skills within the creative industry, Creative Skillset work closely with UK based creative industries within varies environment. Join The Dots to be part of a network of ‘Makers Doers, Fixers and Dreamers’. You can upload your own portfolio of work, whether this be a film reel or PDF, you can share your work for future employers or potential collaborators to discover your work! Sign up with Arts Jobs for alerts on the most recent job opportunities within the arts and culture sector with a wide range of job roles. Specifically for Museums, Galleries, Libraries and Archives, do check out Museum Jobs or Heritage Jobs for the latest jobs in the independent heritage sector and beyond.

If you are looking to break into documentary film making, formerly known as Film & TV Pro, Mandy Crew helps you find the best crew jobs in pre-production, production and post-production for films & tv. More than 12,000 film and tv production companies post jobs and search our database to crew their next project

London is full of exciting museums, galleries and educational spaces such at, The Horniman Museum, The Photographers Gallery, South London Gallery, The Natural History Museum, Tate, The National Gallery, The British Museum, The British Library, Imperial War Museum, Barbican, The V&A, Southbank Centre and so many more! For current work opportunities check out their websites.

Health Sector

TPP are a UK based IT company whoes mission is to transform healthcare by improving access and empowering patients. Check out their jobs page for current vacancies and internship opportunities. Eden Brown are a recruitment agency who specialise in finding jobs within the charity and not for profit sector.



UK Government & International

Are you looking to promote a wider knowledge of the UK internationally and make positive contributions in and outside of the UK. If so, we would advise checking out The British Council who work with over 100 countries across multiple sectors.

The Civil Service offer a graduate entry scheme to help fast track leadership roles within the Civil Service. The Government Social Research profession within The Civil Service supports the development, implementation, review and evaluation of government policy. The Foreign Commonwealth Office are responsible for protecting and promoting British interests around the world. To check out the most recent opportunities with the FCO you can visit their twitter page @fcocareers.

For local government opportunities check out Jobsgopublic in public and not for profit sectors.

Digital Communications

Looking to branch out into the communications sector, Only Digital Jobs  are a niche UK jobs board dedicated to digital, web, social media and ecommerce.





Stay engaged! 

Looking for new material on how you can apply your anthropological training to your future career? We highly recommend reading ‘What Anthropologists Do’ by Veronica Strange (Berg Publishers). In each chapter Strange explores a different employment sector, asking how anthropology can be applied Advocacy, Aid, Environment, Health, Art and other career sectors.

Additional books on applying anthropology to the world of work:

Listen to AnthroPod, a podcast created by the Society for Cultural Anthropology where each episode explores what anthropologists and anthropology can teach us about people and the world.  A Story of Us was created by a group of anthropology graduates from The Ohio State University. The group explore who anthropologists are, what their role is and why it is important. The Story of Us is presented with the aim of increase the interest and understanding of anthropology.

Events and Communications Internship vacancy with InsightShare

An alumna of the department has gotten in touch regarding an exciting internship opportunity with InsightShare which they would like sharing with our students. InsightShare is offering a three month internship to a person passionate about indigenous rights, cultural resilience, advocacy, local food systems and land struggles, to play a leading role in organising a very special series of events for the InsightShare Network from 6th – 16th November 2017.

The full programme will consist of a three-day learning retreat in Oxfordshire with four of InsightShare’s Indigenous partners from Mexico, Tanzania and India. To be followed by an event in Oxford and an event in London with a capacity of 200 people.

InsightShare Network, a not-for-profit organisation designed to support the development of a sustainable, autonomous grassroots movement, is led by and directly benefiting indigenous communities experiencing social, economic or political marginalisation. Harnessing the power of Participatory Video to effect the changes that are the most important and pressing to indigenous peoples, PV is a key step in the process of de-colonisation, strengthening communities’ resilience and abilities to represent themselves.

Responsibilities will include: overall communications, support logistics of all events including public film screenings and Q&A, visit to sacred sites, museum visits to handle cultural artifacts, advocacy meetings. Recording and disseminating learning from the InsightShare Learning Retreat. Support the wellbeing of our indigenous guests throughout their stay. The intern will also assist with general organisational administration, communication and project support.

Deadline to apply is 7th August

Find out how to apply and more here

London Anthropology Day 2017: Volunteering Opportunity

Ancient Egypt in the Museum, British Museum

The Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) is looking for anthropology undergraduate/postgraduate students and recent graduates to volunteer at London Anthropology Day 2017.

London Anthropology Day is an annual university taster day for Year 12, 13, FE students, careers advisers and teachers to discover what anthropology is about, explore the types of careers anthropologists do and gain hands-on experience of what it is like to study the subject at university.

Volunteers are an essential part of the event and take part in a rota of activities including registration, setting up displays, catering, monitoring workshops and engaging with participants about their experience of studying undergraduate anthropology. The event provides a great opportunity to network with anthropologists, students, anthropology teachers and people interested in the discipline.

For more information on the event and this volunteer opportunity please visit the event website.

Volunteer application form

Thursday 29th June 2017, Clore Education Centre, British Museum, London

Applications close Monday 8th May 2017

Student Volunteer opportunity – Open Book

About Open Book:

Open Book is an organisation working largely within Goldsmiths, but with other partner universities to enable access to higher education for students who have experienced multiple profound disadvantage such as mental health problems, homelessness, imprisonment, inadequate or interrupted early education etc. We run informal classes here and at other sites across London, and are developing education projects within local prisons.

More information:

About the project:

We are looking for students to participate in a series of ten-week prison education projects, following our successful pilot in HMP Isis, Thamesmead.

The project involves taking part as a “co-learner” in classes at prison sites in the south London area. We run ten-week modules in a variety of humanities and social science subjects, engaging prisoners in higher level education, to encourage them to expand their horizons and consider the possibility of University study during and after their sentence.

Your role will be to participate actively in the classes, and encourage and support learners to develop and use critical and analytical skills, and to experience a taste of university education practices. We will ask you to complete a short reading before each class, and sometimes to contribute to some on line research between classes. You will also keep short journal entries about your experience, and use these to contribute to an evaluation survey at the end of the module.

What do previous students say about the project?

“I had the opportunity to be part of some passionate and open discussions, not just limited to topics of education, and heard perspectives that often surprised and interested me. It isn’t all upbeat, life changing, inspiring words. But sometimes it is enough to see that students, both inside and outside learners, face similar discouragements and challenges, though of course, from different sources.”

“I was able to follow and learn about an area of study that was completely foreign to me. Being in the prison also allows for one to see and hear what is going on behind all that the media has fed us and perceived opinions.”

“A unique experience that introduced me to great friends and helped eliminate prejudices I had previously held. If you’re interested in gaining an insight into a world beyond your own while also studying relevant and interesting topics then Open Book is for you.”


  • Regular participation in weekly workshops, with some limited “homework” following up research questions which arise in the class. You will be asked to read something before coming to class and we will then discuss the reading in class. You will be asked to keep a field diary while on the project, recording your thoughts about what you have learned.
  • You will contribute small sections to the final project evaluation, and may be asked to attend an interview with our evaluation researcher after the end of the module.

What do I get out of it?

You will learn critical and analytical social science and humanities related skills that will benefit your own studies and make you think. You will meet a diverse range of people who will challenge your preconceptions. You will have a lot of fun, and build personal skills, as well as making a great contribution to your CV, and to your HEAR record.

Person specification:

  • Current Goldsmiths student
  • Available and committed to attend half a day a week for 10 weeks from mid June 2017
  • Available to attend compulsory briefing session at Goldsmiths in early May (we will work around the exam timetable)
  • Open minded, interested in challenging your own perceptions and learning in an open and egalitarian way

Application process:

Please submit a short (2 page maximum) CV with a 250 word application communicating why you are interested in the role. It will be an advantage in applying if you have relevant prior life experience. The deadline for applications are April 25th 2017

Applications and CVs should be sent Sarah Lambert at  After an initial sifting, potential participants will be invited to one of two briefing session in early May, which will also serve as the final selection process. Successful applicants will be notified within a week of the briefing.