Goldsmiths' Top Buzz

Peter from Goldsmiths sent us this article, which suggests the institution - and the nightlife of New Cross - has a solid future, no-doubt bolstered by the presence of a Royal in their midst:

Goldsmiths, University of London, has ranked second out of all the UK’s universities in a new league table which measures what is being said about them in online blogs.

The data was compiled to measure how different universities’ reputations are faring on the internet, and Goldsmiths has shone in the rankings which are said to reflect the level of ‘online buzz’ about each institution.

The research, which was compiled by Portfolio Communications is based on an analysis of the content of almost 4,000 sites.

Mark Westaby, the firm's director of online reputation management, told the Times Higher Education the statistics provide an accurate picture of the “volume and tone of online buzz” that institutions are generating.

“The first place that students look for information is the web, and it's natural that this is where the vast majority will get information when choosing a university,” he said.

“The same is true for a business that might be looking to forge a relationship with an academic institution.

“But while universities are putting a lot of emphasis on their official websites, they must not forget that social media, such as blogs and online reviews, are just as, if not more, important; and understanding what these are saying about a university - and its competitors - is critical if it is to succeed in what is now a very crowded environment.”

26 comments:

patrick1971 said...

Great news for Goldsmiths. They're a vital part of the area and it's in all our interests for them to do well. I heard that they'd closed their student bar; does anyone know if that's true? Would partly explain the success of the Amersham Arms, the Deptford Arms, the Walpole etc. recently, after years of New Cross having very few decent boozers.

Anonymous said...

When the ELL comes back on stream, I hope that the Venue changes hands and goes back to be being a place that has genuine acts, rather than tribute bands playing.

Anonymous said...

Patrick your post doesn't seem to make sense. New X is the quietest it's been for many a year. The College would never close their bar. It makes too much money for that to happen.
The Amersham is doing well since its refurb but the New Cross 'scene' isn't what it was, especially since the smokng ban.
The old 'GMT' was the community hub in New Cross and since that changed hands and all the squats closed down it hasn't been the same.
Without the College New X would be entirely different but they should do more for the area (i.e. do up the shops that they own in New Cross and let small independents rent them out).
Brockley Jim

patrick1971 said...

Jim, I guess it depends on what you mean by a decent boozer. The old Goldsmiths Tavern (is that what you mean by "GMT"?) wasn't my cup of tea, nor were squats, but that must be where we differ.

Like I said, I only heard a rumour that Goldsmiths had closed their student bar; made no sense to me either and glad to hear it's not the case.

Re The Venue: I heard a rumour that the Carling Group had bought it some years ago and were planning to make it a proper venue in the style of the Brixton Academy, but nothing seems to have come of that apart from the external refurb, which is much welcome.

Monkeyboy said...

So has anyone seen Princess B in the area? I'm hoping to sell a salacious snap to Hello! to pay for some built in wardrobes.

Anonymous said...

I hear she often takes the 171 or 172 jumping on near Waterloo station, before she pops into the New Cross Internet Cafe and Money Transfer shop to e-mail her Mum on how she's doing, befroe grabbing a sandwich at Sainsbury's. She's really one of us..

drakefell debaser said...

You just need one photograph of her coming out of a bar with an Amy Winehouse air of discombobulation, and that wardrobe will be sorted.

I might clean my lenses although I would be terrified of breaking the camera.

State the (not so) obvious said...

Are you sure the Princess Beatrice on the 172 is the same one that's related to Her Majesty the Queen?

I think you're getting her mixed up with the Dutch one who cycles everywhere.

Anonymous said...

She loves Gulen Kebab, apparently. Hates organic stuff.

Monkeyboy said...

Dunno, my knowledge of royalty (I use a small 'r' on purpose) is limited. Her mum is Fergie, that's the sum total of my family tree information.

Tamsin said...

Granddaughter of the Queen and third or fourth of that generation in line for the throne.

Monkeyboy said...

Gawd bless yer Princess B! [tugs forelock....]

Anonymous said...

i agree with anon... Goldsmiths could and should do more for the area. Either sell off the derelict shops and buildings that keep New X road so miserable and ugly or renovate and use them like they did with cafe creme or that fancy dress place. They have ruined the exterior of the town hall which is supposed to be in an "conservation area" of its own and must be listed (i guess). Anyway the students are great and the place is always buzzing even at 5am on sunday morning....

Anonymous said...

Notice who derailed this thread...

Anonymous said...

Has it been derailed? We were talking about Goldsmiths, we ARE talking about Goldsmiths...

patrick1971 said...

How has the exterior of the former Deptford Town Hall been ruined by Goldsmiths? Haven't noticed anything major (certainly not on the scale of the Speedicars sign, hahaha).

Brockley Kate said...

That line of shops does need sorting out though. I heard that Lewisham Council were evicting them all so that they could be 'renovated'. Does anyone know any more about this?

patrick1971 said...

ISTR reading somewhere that Goldsmiths own all the shops, as they wanted to use the buildings as teaching space. Lewisham refused to give them planning permission as they didn't want to lose retail space. Goldsmiths then retaliated by only giving shops very short leases, which acts as a disincentive to setting up a business.

I think that's the back story but could be wrong.

Anonymous said...

the town hall is in use but has horrible grills over the windows and looks like it is derelict. It looks like a beautiful building that hasn't been looked after.

lb said...

[p1971] That'd be a very interesting back story indeed - any idea where you heard it?

Anonymous said...

Free those buildings Goldsmiths' the local area needs more shops!

Tamsin said...

A part of the deal on the Town Hall was that it was to be available for use by the community for events and public meetings etc. And in theory it is, but apparently the restrictions and very high caretaking costs Goldsmiths charge make a bit of a nonsence of the whole notion whenever the local MP or councillors want to use it for such purposes. Which is a pity because it is an equally lovely building inside and deserves to be seen by the residents of the old Borough of Deptford.

Anonymous said...

I once heard a concert of Afghan music in the old Deptford Town Hall. It is indeed very nice inside. It should be available for the community more than it is.

patrick1971 said...

lb - read it ages ago in one of the local papers, South London Press maybe? I'm talking 1998 or 1999 when I first moved into the area.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the sort of planning/landlord property development constipation that makes the Borough what it is today.

Blighted by shabby shopping parades and punctutated by supermarkets.

I'd like to know how many years this is likely to go on.

Anonymous said...

Goldsmiths College, University of London, is quietly purring today - it's officially cool.

A report from the Brand Council of the UK puts the college up there with Selfridges and Agent Provocateur lingerie as hip brands. As a means of student recruitment it's probably worth a lot more than research ratings or any number of reports from higher education watchdogs.

But as a college spokeswoman cannily remarked: "It's not very cool to go around saying you're cool" - so Goldsmiths is playing it cool and not making a big fuss.

The Guardian, Sep 2004

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