Freshers Welcome

Hello to GSA

To all our new students this September, welcome! You’re not only joining one of the best art schools in the World, you’re now part of the GSA Family. I’m John Thorne, the Sustainability Coordinator at the GSA.

We want you to have the richest experience possible here, and I’m here as Sustainability Coordinator to advise not only on recycling and energy efficiency, but what matters to you within your own practice. We can assist with support and funding looking at materials use, the ethical use of resources, and social justice issues within practice.

For the Freshers Week programme, organised by GSA Students’ Association and supported by GSA Sustainability, visit their website

We also support student well-being and fund many of the workshops during Freshers Week.

On our Projects menu, you’ll find advice on everything from cycling to the use of materials. Our Resources pages have dozens of best-practice examples we’ve funded or supported. Our Events page and Facebook page promote our films and talks – which are selected by, and put on for, students here.

We’re here to support you in examining how art can help communicate and connect us emotionally to the big issues like climate change, how we can design a new, bolder more innovative society and economy, and create systems change – creating a more equal, equitable society for all.

I will be at student inductions and Freshers Fair, we support the programme of Freshers events, and I’m available for 1-2-1 tutorial sessions throughout the year. Email me now with any queries.

Have a look at the GSA’s student environmental and social justice society Re-AD, GSA Beekeeping, GSA Yoga and the work done on recycling and re-use and energy saving in our Halls