Update on COVID-19

The health, wellbeing, safety and security of our community is our highest priority.

For the latest updates from the College see the specially created  COVID-19 pages.

As the United Kingdom continues to take measures to mitigate the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, here at the College, the health, wellbeing, safety and security of our community is our highest priority. Community has always been the most important thing to us and we have been meeting daily to discuss, plan and implement measures as the situation unfolds.

In light of Government and Public Health England advice, we swiftly took action to protect our Goodenough family and prevent the spread of COVID-19. This involved cancelling events and activities, closing communal areas in College, introducing measures to support social distancing and advising Members who were able to leave and safely return home to do so.

Around half of our Members have remained at the College and we are doing all we can to support them and keep them safe, particularly those who have to self-isolate or are in a vulnerable group.

Goodenough’s great sense of community remains – even in lockdown. 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. (Recent highlights include the Fellows and Friends video series, the Dean’s Studium, and a full Mental Health Awareness Week programme.)

Welfare provision has been enhanced – combining  individual contact with Members (with full follow-up), a specialist helpline, weekly welfare activities, peer to peer support from the Members’ Council and the opportunity to take part in a recent Governors’ Forum. Members can also access enhanced emergency financial aid thanks to the Mecklenburgh Fund, which has been generously supported by our Alumni through the recent COVID-19 Appeal.

To maintain our high standard of care, and to support our Members during what is a very difficult time, we have introduced a wide range of safety and hygiene measures to stay COVID-19 secure.  The College has consulted with, and received support from, Public Health England on its management of such arrangements.  The College continues to reassess and risk assess arrangements for the operation of College to ensure that they continue to secure the safety of College Members and Staff.

Staff at the College who are able to work remotely from home are doing so. However, our resident leadership team of the Director, Dean, Registrar and Chaplain remain on site alongside a core team to run essential operations for our Members supported by the homeworking teams.

Goodenough’s front line employees – the reception team, cleaners, catering, facilities management and maintenance staff – stand front and centre for us every day as our recognised heroes.

The College’s motto Unitas in sapienta. Nemo separabit (‘Unity in wisdom. None shall separate us’) speaks to the power of unity. In the spirit of our founder, we reiterate that we are all in this together. If ever there was a time for unity, this is it.

We wish you and your loved ones the very best of health and wellbeing. Stay safe, stay alert and look after each other. The situation will (eventually) improve and we look forward to better times ahead.  We continue to welcome new Members to the College for the 2020/21 Academic Year, as travel and operational restrictions allow.

Information current on 27 May 2020.