Goldsmiths’ Warden announces departure

Patrick Loughrey has announced his intention to retire within the next academic year

Patrick Loughrey joined Goldsmiths, University of London, as Warden in April 2010. He recently oversaw the launch of a refreshed strategic plan to guide the College’s development over the next five years.

Over the period of Patrick’s tenure, Goldsmiths has expanded its academic offer considerably, doubling the number of academic courses on offer, and growing into areas such as management, entrepreneurship and law. It has also reached the top 25 institutions in the country for the quality of its research.

The College has also launched initiatives such as the Goldsmiths Prize for new fiction, the Open Book project to help non-traditional groups into higher education, and the recently-opened Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art.

“This place is truly unique and there has never been a dull moment. There is relentless vigour and passion here in New Cross which I will miss very much.”

Patrick, who has announced his intention to stand down in the coming academic year, said: “It’s been a great honour to be the Warden of Goldsmiths. This place is truly unique and there has never been a dull moment. There is relentless vigour and passion here in New Cross which I will miss very much.

“I have every confidence that Goldsmiths will continue to evolve to face the challenges of the future, helping equip students for a rapidly changing world of work, while staying true to its distinctive values.”

Dinah Caine, Chair of Council, said: “Patrick has served Goldsmiths with distinction, helping us navigate a period of unprecedented and continuing change in higher education. Now is not the time for a full tribute to all that he has done for Goldsmiths, but I know from our discussions that he retains a clear vision for the institution and an enthusiasm for driving forward our new strategy over the coming months.”

The College’s governing Council will appoint a search committee in the coming weeks to begin the process of appointing the next Warden.