Alumni diary

As you will remember from your time as a Member there is always a wealth of activity going on at the College. Below you can find listed some of the upcoming events that are also open to Alumni, giving you the perfect reason to spend some time with us in person or virtually.

Upcoming events in October

Founders’ Day
Wednesday 4 October 2023, 5pm – 7pm
Alumni are welcome to attend Goodenough College’s annual commemoration of Founder’s Day. New Fellows are proclaimed on this day and thanks is given to the Founders and Benefactors of the College. Following the ceremony there will be a reception in the Great Hall.

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Port Talk by His Excellency The Ambassador of Estonia, Mr Viljar Lubi
Thursday 5 October 2023, 8pm – 9pm

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Bloomsbury Festival
13–22 October 2023
The Bloomsbury Festival is an annual celebration of the area’s creativity, presenting an inspiring programme of culture, arts, science, literature, performance, discussion and debate. The programme includes an exciting mix of contemporary arts, music, performance, theatre, science displays, talks, walks and community events.
Full Event Listings: 2023 Festival Events – Bloomsbury Festival
Brochure: 2023 Brochure – Bloomsbury Festival
Goodenough College will be hosting the following events, including a not-to-be missed performance by our very own College and Alumni Goodensemble Orchestra:

Bloom, Aniella Sicari, Mark Rogers and Caroline Bordignon in collaboration with Bloomhouse Projects
20 October 7-8pm at William Goodenough House
A multidisciplinary concert incorporating art song, visual art and live inspired painting. The evening is centred around the imagery of flowers, and aims to create a luscious evening for audiences. The programme showcases female composers as the predominant repertoire choice whilst also including a small selection of songs by more familiar composers.
Expect to hear music by Boulanger, Chaminade, Strauss, Sibelius and more. This concert will be performed by an International cast of London-based artists. Australian Soprano Daniella Sicari and American Pianist Mark Rogers (pianist). They will be joined by Caroline Bordignon, a Canadian fine artist and composer who has Synaesthesia. The painting will be projected onto the back of the stage so audience members can see details as they occur. The painting will then be sold in a silent auction after the concert.
This concert is in collaboration with West Australian-based Bloomhouse Projects.
Tickets: £15 (£10) / VIP tickets £25

Discovery and Legacy – Goodensemble Orchestra
Saturday, 21 October 7-9pm, The Great Hall, London House
As the Orchestra gets ready for its 10th anniversary, the College is preparing its audience for a feast of rich fresh voices, sounds, and experiences.
Converging new talents and promising artists, one of London’s most exciting emerging orchestras offers an exciting programme showcasing its best talents.
Tickets £12 / £10

Port Talk on Climate Change COP 26 by Nigel Topping, Business Champion at the Climate Change Committee
Wednesday 25 October 2023 8pm – 9pm
Nigel Topping, formerly of the UN and now on the Climate Change Committee addresses the issues head on. Mr Topping was the UN High Level Champion at COP 26.

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Formal Hall dinners
Thursday 26 October and 30 November 2023, 6.15pm – 10pm 
Alumni are welcome to book to attend our upcoming Formal Hall Dinners, set in the magnificent splendour of the Great Hall. Tickets cost £36 per person for a 2-course meal with coffee, served by candlelight in The Great Hall. It’s a really enjoyable evening and you are welcome to bring up to three guests along with you.

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Volunteering opportunities

With the start of the new Academic year  we are now looking for volunteers to help welcome our new intake by sharing their experience at Goodenough and running skills workshops to help get Members job ready.

Faculty Welcome Evenings
Running nightly from Monday 16 October – Friday 20 October 2023 from 6pm.
We are looking for five Alumni representatives – one from each of the faculties – to attend welcome drinks with new Members and give a short inspirational but informal talk that will motivate and encourage them to make the most of their time at College. This will be followed by dinner in the Great Hall and an invitation to stay on for a faculty related Port talk. The evenings take place as follows:
Monday 16 October – Politics and Social Sciences
Tuesday 17 October – Arts and Humanities
Wednesday 18 October – Law
Thursday 19 October – Medical and Natural Sciences
Friday 20 October – Economics and Business

Good Skills Week
Monday 6 November – Thursday 9 November 2023
We need three Alumni to each run an hour-long skills workshop for a small group of Members. This could be offering practical advice on interviewing skills or presentations or sharing career insights and guidance on specific job sectors.

Careers Networking Event
Thursday 9 November at 6.30pm
We are hosting an informal Careers Networking event, where current Members can meet with Alumni over drinks and ask career/sector-based questions.  We successfully ran this event last year, and it was a great opportunity for Alumni to share their knowledge and experience to support Members directly.  We are looking for volunteers from a variety of industries to attend the event.

For more information or to register your interest in any of these events, please contact



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Missed an event?

Did you miss some of our online Alumni talks?  You can still watch Christian Busch discuss Serendipity with Director Alice Walpole; John Snelson explore Opera, Crowds and the College; and Jennifer Faust and current Member Margaret Sui talk about business, community and leading a purpose driven life. Exclusively available on Goodenough Global.

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