Founders’ Day

Opening the academic year with our annual Founders' Day celebration.

On Thursday 3 October 2019, Goodenough College opened the Academic Year with the annual celebration of Founders’ Day, the anniversary of the opening of Goodenough College by our Founder, Frederick Craufurd Goodenough.

It was even more special occasion, as we officially launched the College’s Commemorative Biennium, a celebratory period across two years 2019-2021, marking two significant anniversaries for the College and celebrating the wonderful international community that Goodenough College has become.

Goodenough died soon after his vision was realised, but on each year the College celebrates his memory on 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’.

College Director, Rebecca Matthews, lead the ceremonies as the College not only celebrated our Founder but also introduced several new Fellows:

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities

  • Dr Antonia Boström, Director of Collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • Ms Juliana Engberg, Arts Curator, Writer and Cultural Producer; Fellow of Monash University (Australia) in the Faculties of Art, Architecture and Design.
  • Dr Cindy Sughrue OBE, Director of the Charles Dickens Museum, London

The Faculty of Business

  • Sir Andrew Parmley, the 689th Lord Mayor of London, Master Vintner, and Director of the Royal College of Organists, London.

The Faculty of Laws

  • Mr Paul Double LVO, Master of the Bench of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, and Remembrancer of the City of London.

The Faculty of Medical and Natural Sciences 

  • Sir Paul Nurse FRS, HonFBA, Nobel Laureate, formerly President of the Royal Society and currently Chancellor of the University of Bristol and Director of the Crick.

The Faculty of Political and Social Sciences 

  • Professor James Arthur OBE, Professor of Education in the University of Birmingham, Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, and Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University.
  • Dr Patrick Vernon OBE, Founder of Every Generation Media; Clore and Winston Churchill Fellow, Fellow at the Imperial War Museum, and formerly Editor of Black History Month magazine.

The Oratory was given by Dr. Julie Maxton CBE, who spoke engagingly and with great passion about building bridges in the current political climate.

Download the full speech here