Founder's Day 2018

On Thursday 4th October, Goodenough College opened the Academic Year with your annual celebration of Founders' Day. This year was the 87th anniversary of the opening of Goodenough College by our Founder, Frederick Craufurd Goodenough. To quote from our history: ‘Time begins on 4th October 1931, the day on which the first residents of London House arrived’ 



Goodenough died soon after his vision was realised but in his memory the College keeps 4th October each year as Founders’ Day, which represents the traditional start of the Goodenough Year. The bust of Frederick Goodenough looks down on the London House Quad and his portrait hangs in the Great Hall; he gives his name to ‘Freddie’s Cafe'. 

For this special anniversary, we celebrated his life and the lives of other Founders and benefactors of this special place. Their vision is captured in the College motto ‘Unity in wisdom: none shall separate’.

New College Director, Rebecca Matthews, lead the ceremonies as the College not only celebrated our Founder, but also introduced several new Fellows. The Oratory was given by Professor Michael Mainelli, who spoke engagingly about being a citizen of the world, and the values of trust and tolerance that form a key part of our College ethos. 

Please click here to download Michael's full Oratory

professor Mainelli

Under Rebecca's leadership, Goodenough College pledges to uphold the values Professor Mainelli spoke so warmly about, and to continue to welcome all "Citizens of the World" to live here in London. 

Below are all those who were inducted as College Fellows in 2018, and their College Faculty affiliation. 

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities 
David Stuttard
, Classicist, Theatre Director and Dramaturg. Most recently the author of Nemesis: Alcibiades and the Downfall of Athens.


The Faculty of Business
Mr Christopher Palmer-Tomkinson, formerly Partner at Cazenove in the City of London and High Sheriff of Essex. Past Governor of Goodenough College.

The Faculty of Laws
Dr Julie Maxton CBE, Executive Director of the Royal Society, Bencher of the Middle Temple and formerly Registrar of the University of Oxford.

The Faculty of Medical and Natural Sciences
Mr Dwayne Fields FRGS, Inventor and Polar Explorer. Scout Ambassador and Freeman of the City of London.
Dr Kirstie Whitaker, of the University of Cambridge, Neuroscientist, Research Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute.

The Faculty of Political and Social Sciences
Professor D’Maris Coffman, Professor in Economics and Finance of the Built Environment, the Bartlett School at UCL.
Professor the Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield FBA, Atlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, the University of London.


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