Life under lockdown

With many colleges and university departments moving some of their tuition online, living somewhere that provides a real sense of community and a ‘home away from home’ has never been more important.

With many colleges and university departments moving some of their tuition online, living somewhere that provides a real sense of community and a ‘home away from home’ has never been more important.

At Goodenough we recognise the importance of giving our Members a wide range of support services, opportunities for social and intellectual interaction and a real sense of community, even during lockdown.

The College’s lively programme of College- and Member-led events helps Members to socialise, share ideas, learn new skills and build friendships.

With the arrival of COVID-19, events and activities have been re-imagined with daily podcasts, Zoom-rooms and online activities – including quizzes, creative projects, study groups and symposia created by staff and Members.

The College’s Member-led activities are complemented by a formal programme of College-led events, which are designed to inform, educate and entertain. During lockdown these have included a Fellows and Friends video series, the Dean’s Studium, and a full Mental Health Awareness Week programme.

Eating together is an important part of the Goodenough experience, helping Members from all backgrounds and cultures to meet and enjoy each other’s company. The Great Hall is open (with a limited seating capacity) for those who want to dine together. (If you can’t get a seat, a take-away service is available.) During lockdown the College’s regular free, themed ‘dining in’ events have continued, allowing Members to share the same meal and to share the experience online with their peers.

As lockdown has eased we have been able to introduce more events and activities and more are planned for the months ahead. The Welcome and Orientation weeks are now underway, helping  Members to meet to dine together, attend orientation sessions, participate in London walks and enjoy welcome drinks.  Organisers of clubs and societies are being encouraged to think about how their members can meet safely and to apply for funding to organise events for the autumn term.

For more information about life at Goodenough explore our Student life pages.

(Updated 16 September 2020)