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

Alumni three-night trip to The Burn in Scotland
Friday 26 to Monday 29 June 2023
For the first time ever, we are offering a fabulous three-night trip at our Scottish retreat, exclusively for Goodenough Alumni.

The Burn is a historic mansion house owned by the College and set in acres of rolling countryside in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland.  If you didn’t visit there when you were at the College, now is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a stay, hosted by College Director Alice Walpole.  The trip includes accommodation, delicious food (full board) daily excursions and a Scottish-themed evening, complete with ceilidh band!  There will also be a guest Fellow of the College joining us.

Offering a unique blend of home comforts and an idyllic location, The Burn is a magical place to recharge and enjoy Scottish hospitality in the company of your fellow Alumni.

The complete Alumni Burn Experience costs £470 pp and numbers are limited. Please click here for more details and to book your place


Formal Hall Dinners – relive that special formal dining experience of Faculty and Leavers dinners!
We are delighted to invite Alumni to our upcoming Formal Hall Dinners. Dining by candlelight and set in the magnificent splendour of the Great Hall, it’s a perfect excuse to get dressed up and dine with current Members, other Alumni and guests from outside the College.

You can also bring up to three guests along, so friends and family can share the experience with you.

Tickets cost just £35 (including VAT) per person and includes two courses and coffee. A bar service will be available throughout the evening with drinks charged at College prices.

Here are the dates and ticket links for the next Formal Hall Dinners:

Thursday 23 Feb 2023
Thursday: 23 Mar 2023
Thursday: 18 May 2023
Thursday: 22 Jun 2023

Events in January 2023

Port Talk:  The Popularity of Disney’s First Feature-length Films by Professor Howard Jacobs
Monday 30 January, 8pm
This talk ‘Disney, Dirt and Death’ is based on Professor Jacob’s research on the reasons for the widespread and enduring popularity of Disney’s first feature-length films: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Pinocchio (1940), Dumbo (1941) and Bambi (1942). For this, he applies a psychoanalytic investigation that reveals not only the contribution of historical, industrial and aesthetic features to their success but also the manner in which they engage the spectator and evoke unconscious concerns about family cohesion, interpersonal conflicts and the death of parents. To book Alumni should email


Events in February 2023

Port Talk: Innovation: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly by Professor Sir Andy Hopper FRS
Wednesday 1 February, 8pm
Scientist and entrepreneur Professor Sir Andy Hopper FRS of the University of Cambridge and the Royal Society offers insights on starting your own business. To register to attend Alumni should email

Music Week Event: The Ultimate St Valentine’s Day Romantic Recital
Tuesday 14 February, 6.30pm
College Members Lucilla Rose Mariotti and Ivan Moshchuk deliver a Valentine’s Day Romantic Recital in the Great Hall. Prefaced by ‘Double Happiness’ the Dean and Registrar’s Romantic Reception at 6.30pm. Book your Alumni ticket/s at

Lucilla and Ivan will perform two achingly romantic pieces – Cesar Franck’s Violin Sonata in A Major, which he wrote as a wedding present for violinist Eugène Ysaÿe, and Johannes Brahms’ Violin Sonata No. 3 Op. 108. in d minor, the second movement of which is regarded as one of the most romantic ever written. Dress to impress!

Music Week Event: The Christopher George Argyris Opera Gala – ‘A Night At The Opera’
Wednesday 15 February, 7pm
College soloists join with the Goodensemble to perform an evening of astonishing operatic moments. Thanks to the generosity of the Christopher George Argyris Fund this evening is free and includes a fabulous reception. Dress code is smart. Book your Alumni ticket/s at

Music Week Event: The Christopher George Argyris Piano Gala – ‘Romantic Masterworks by Candlelight’
Thursday 16 February
An evening in the Great Hall, where the talented College pianists will perform romantic masterworks by candlelight. This free event is made possible by the generosity of the Christopher George Argyris Fund and includes a Reception. Book your Alumni ticket/s at

Port Talk: Demystifying Quebec’s Relation with the UK by Line Rivard
Tuesday 21 February, 8pm
Line Rivard has been the Agent-General for Québec in London since November 2021. An expert in finance, Madame Rivard has worked for over 20 years in the banking sector, specifically in the fields of public and private corporate financing, as well as bank financing.

Line holds a Bachelor of Arts (Art History) from the University of Montréal and an MBA from Concordia University. Alumni should contact to register to attend.


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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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