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Goldsmiths' Warden is RETIRING

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Goldsmiths' Warden, Patrick Loughrey, has announced that he will step down from his role. 

In a letter sent to staff and obtained by The National Student, Patrick said:

"After much thought and conversations over recent months, with both our previous and present Chair [of the Council], I feel that now's the right time for me to announce my intention to step down from this role."

The Warden's departure comes on the same day the uni announced it will be bringing its cleaners in-house

This means cleaners will be directly employed on comparable terms to other staff at Goldsmiths when the process is complete, instead of being obtained through external contractors. 

Today's decision to bring the cleaners in-house was announced after months of campaigning by both cleaners and students. 

Academics at Goldsmiths wrote an open letter demanding that cleaners be brought back in-house, while the Justice for Cleaners campaign worked with cleaners and allies to orchestrate a series of confrontations and protests.

A protest in August shut down the Goldsmiths' Estates building, while a protest in September targeting a press tour of Goldsmiths' new art gallery prompted the uni to build a wall to keep students out.

Patrick Loughrey was caught on camera at one of these protests saying that the cleaners would only be brought in-house "when they come see me".

Patrick's letter did not contain an exact date of departure, and only said:

"I will play an active part in navigating us through this period of change and renewal. My formal notice period is six months, however, my exact leaving date will be confirmed as the process unfolds." 

However, a statement released on the uni website states that Loughrey will step down within the next academic year. He has been Warden since 2010. 

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