Goldsmiths to allow students suffering racial trauma to apply for deadline extensions after union campaigning

  • Written by Leah Mahon
  • Published on 18th June 2021
    Goldsmiths, University of London is the first higher education institution recognise racial trauma as impacting students’ work. Picture: Tolga AKMEN / AFP.
  • GOLDSMITHS, UNIVERSITY of London is to allow students to claim cases of racial trauma as reasons for affecting their studies and applying for deadline extensions.
  • The university is first in the UK to recognise the mental health effects of racism on academic progress.
  • Following a campaign by the university’s student union, it was reached that racial trauma would be included in the categories of “serious life events” that require a student extra time for submitting coursework or assessments.
  • Larissa Kennedy, president of the National Union of Students, applauded the move: “For far too long, black and brown students have had to relive their trauma in front of decision-makers, who often have little to no understanding of racial trauma themselves.
  • “This win by Goldsmith students’ union is a win for all campaigns to decolonise education. It is one cornerstone of the end of universities’ complicity in racial violence, as it sets a precedent for institutions across the country.


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