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Goodenough College – Bloomsbury

22 February, 2019 — By by Tom Foot

THE the impressive Goodenough College is an “intellectual community” of hundreds of post-graduates from across the world.

Seven hundred Masters and PhD students live in the college taking part in lectures and events spread across two houses, in leafy Mecklenburgh Square, Bloomsbury, throughout the year.

They are encouraged to find ways of contributing academically, socially and culturally to the college.

But it’s not all work, work, work. Last year, the college made it into The Guinness Book of Records for having the most nationalities singing together at the same time.

Dean Alan McCormack (pictured above) said: “It was a medley of singing and there was some Abba. The previous record was 72. We have all sorts of crazy things going on here for the students, but there are, of course, serious intellectual seminars as well. There are seven hundred graduate students from all over the world here in these beautiful buildings – it really is a unique. We do ask that they do something for the college community.”

In 1930, the chairman of Barclays Bank Frederick Craufurd Goodenough formed a Trust to raise funds for a hall of residence for male students from the British “dominions”.

London House opened shortly after and, after the Second World War, William Goodenough House was set up for female postgraduates and students with families.

The accommodation was originally reserved for students from Commonwealth countries but US students were admitted from 1950 and continental Europe in 1974.

South African students continued to be admitted after the country left the Commonwealth in 1961.

The two houses, London House and William Goodenough House eventually became mixed in 1991 and in 2001 the college became fully international.

• On Wednesday, March 6, at 6.30pm the public can hear a lecture by Sir Paul Nurse, chief executive of the Francis Crick Institute, on “science as revolution”.

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