Get involved in the College's Commemorative Biennium celebrations

We’re publishing 90 Alumni stories representing our 90 years and we'd love to hear from YOU

We have an exciting couple of years ahead. 2020 is the 90th anniversary of the signing of the founding document for The Dominions Students' Hall Trust which is Goodenough College today. Following this, 2021 will then mark the 70th anniversary of the launch of the Fundraising Campaign to build William Goodenough House.

As you’re probably already aware, we're including our two anniversaries in one celebratory period which we're calling the College’s Commemorative Biennium. It will take place across two academic years to include two cohorts of new Members and will begin on Founders Day, Thursday 3 October 2019 and conclude on Founder’s Day 2021.

As part  of the celebration, we're collating 90 stories from our Alumni. 

90 Alumni stories - what stories do we want?

If you'd like to join in the celebrations, we'd love to hear about what mattered to you most during your time at Goodenough or what impact the College has had on your life post-Member days.

In 1937 I was staying in a little village pub in Roydon, Essex, and travelling to a job in a solicitor's office in Moorgate every day by train to Liverpool Street. My mother came over from Adelaide in that year to visit me. She read a paragraph in a London paper about London House (then very new) and "got me in" there; a very good move! What would one do without one's mother?

Mark and Nancy Stout are a Mecklenburgh Square love story. Having met at the Guy Fawkes party on 4 November 1978 at William Goodenough House, they are still together 40+ years, two children, and two grandchildren later.

I grew up in a working class family in Bermuda in the 1970s. At the time, society was structured in such a way that blacks were not allowed to progress beyond elementary education. However, in my family education was very important. My grandfather fought in the Second World War, and he was always pushing the value of education and seeing the world.  

After several years of working as a labour lawyer, coming to London was a new beginning for me; a path to discover new ways to achieve my goals.

It is 50 years since Russell and I lived at ‘Willie G’ and I have the warmest memories of some of the happiest years of my life. We came from Melbourne, Australia for Russell to undertake his PhD at LSE. We were newly married and Russell was absorbed and distracted in his studies.

I am currently associated with a private sector development consultancy as an Infrastructure and Management Associate and I completed my Masters in Structural Engineering and Business Management from Imperial College London while staying in William Goodenough House in 2016-2017.

In the very first of our 90 Alumni stories for the College's Commemorative Biennium, we interviewed Stuart Shilson about his personal Goodenough College experience. Stuart is a Goodenough College Alumnus and Fellow, Director and Strategist at McKinsey and has recently been appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London.