Goodenough College
Goodenough College is a postgraduate residence and educational trust on Mecklenburgh Square in Bloomsbury, central London, England. Other names under which the College has been known are London House, William Goodenough House, and the London Goodenough Trust.

The College is an international residential centre for postgraduates"whether academic, professional or artistic"studying or training in London. Currently the community consists of around 650 students and senior scholars from over ninety different countries, many with partners and families. The current Director of the College is Major General Andrew Ritchie CBE, formerly Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS). The College has a tradition of recruiting many of its senior staff from the army; however the College is distinctly apolitical and celebrates diversity. Goodenough has residential and study facilities and an extensive extra-curricular programme, which includes a conference series aimed at examining subjects of international concern. Its membership includes Visiting Fellows, who act as advisors to these conferences, and Goodenough Fellows, who have a more informal role as advisors and mentors to members. The college is located in the heart of London and set on a private park that only members of the Mecklenburgh Square have access to. The college has graduated prominent heads of state, accomplished artists, and successful professionals in all walks of life.

The Foundation, 1930 The College was incorporated in 1930, by a group of prominent Londoners, including the Chairman of Barclays Bank and founder of Barclays DCO, Frederick Craufurd Goodenough. Goodenough and his friends wanted to provide able young men coming to London from the Dominions and Colonies, future leaders of what was then a large Empire, with a collegiate life along Oxbridge lines in London. The College was a moot hall and at the same time a place where they would form lasting friendships in tolerance and understanding. The search for a site for the new college was centred on Bloomsbury, to which the University of London was preparing a move from South Kensington. An ideal island site for sale freehold was found between Guilford Street and Mecklenburgh Square, and the College bought it in 1930. The London House, 1931 Plans were to design and build a new College, but this would take time which the Governors did not want to waste. In the traditional manner of Bloomsbury’s philanthropic institutions, they made a start in a small way in some of the roomy old houses on the site. London House first opened its doors in October 1931, in Nos. 4”“7 Caroline Place (now Mecklenburgh Place) on the west side of the site. The House was soon full, with a long waiting list, and by the start of World War II occupied all the Caroline Place houses. The new London House for 300 single students was built between 1935 and 1963 to the designs of the architect Sir Herbert Baker, his partner Alexander T. Scott, and their successor Vernon Helbing. It was completed in three stages: Stage 1 (1935”“37). The south-east corner including the Great Hall, Charles Parsons Library, common-rooms and the Guilford Street entrance. This was the only part to be completed in Sir Herbert Baker’s lifetime. Stage 2 (1948”“53). The rest of the south wing, the west wing and the north-west corner. Alexander Scott continued in Baker’s style, with some simplification of detail. Stage 3 (1961”“63). The north wing, including the north-east corner. An economy version, for example no flintwork. At the same time, architect Vernon Helbing created the College Chapel out of former offices. William Goodenough House In the 1940s, at the instigation of the Chairman of the College Governors, Sir William Goodenough, the Lord Mayor of London launched a Thanksgiving Fund, to raise money in the U.K. and do something to thank the people of the Commonwealth and the United States for their generous gifts, especially of food parcels, during and after World War II. The money raised was used to build William Goodenough House for women and married students from those countries, replacing houses destroyed or badly damaged in the war on the north east of the Square. At the same time the bombed houses in adjacent Heathcote Street were rebuilt as an annexe, and the House was completed in 1957. Later wings, Julian Crossley Court (1974) and Ashley Ponsonby Court (1991) brought the capacity of the House up to 120 rooms for single students and 60 flats for married couples and families. The two parallel institutions developed their own characters over time - the quiet surroundings of the WGH common rooms appealed to some LH residents, and various "Willie G" girls preferred the noiser atmosphere of the London House Bar. Traditions developed, such as the LH Rugby Team singing lullabies to the inhabitants of WGH after the annual Sports Dinner, and many LH-WGH romances flourished, and in some cases resulted in marriage and even children. The two houses, London House and William Goodenough House eventually became mixed in 1991. Goodenough College will be undertaking a major refurbishment of all facilities over the next five years, beginning first with William Goodenough House in 2011. The Goodenough Club Nos. 22”“25 Mecklenburgh Square survived the war and were used as a nurses’ home until 1989, when they were handed back in a very dilapidated state. At first, the houses were repaired and used as inexpensive accommodation for short-stay visitors, mostly returning alumni and other academics in London to attend conferences and seminars. By 1997 however it was clear that something drastic had to be done if they were to meet the standards that would be required in the 21st century. The houses were closed, and plans made to add No. 21 and renovate and upgrade at a cost of £3.5 million. There were delays because the Georgian houses are listed buildings in a conservation area, and the work required the approval of both English Heritage (which refused to allow a lift to be installed) and the London Borough of Camden planning department. Eventually the plans were passed, and the Goodenough Club opened its doors in April 2001. The club is open to academic and professional visitors as well as conference delegates from around the world.

Notable alumni
Many politicians, writers and artists, especially from the British Empire and British Commonwealth, have been residents of Goodenough College since its foundation in 1930.Some notable alumni include:
  • Dr Jennifer Barnes (President, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Baron Karan Bilimoria CBE (Founder of Cobra Beer)
  • Professor Edward Byrne AO (Vice-Chancellor and President, Monash University, Australia)
  • Dr Helen Clark (Administrator, UNDP and Former Prime Minister of New Zealand)
  • Frederik Willem de Klerk (Former President of South Africa)
  • John Colvin (CEO, Australian Institute of Company Directors)
  • Morva Olwyn Croxson CBE (Former Chancellor, Massey University, Canada)
  • Professor George Ellis (Leading physicist who is credited in Stephen Hawking's 'A Brief History of Time')
  • Sir Peter Gross (Lord Justice of Appeal, UK)
  • Guy Hallowes (Managing Director, Harlequin Mills & Boon Limited UK)
  • Sister Deidre Jordan AC MBE (Former Chancellor, Flinders University, Australia)
  • Sir Sydney Kentridge QC (Widely regarded as one of the leading advocates of the 20th Century)
  • Nicole Krauss (Award winning novelist)
  • Ashvin Kumar (Oscar nominated director for 'The Little Terrorist')
  • Charles Leacock QC (Director of Public Prosecutions, Barbados)
  • Scott MacIntyre (American Idol Season 8 finalist)
  • David McGuinty (Canadian MP & Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons)
  • Andrew Molson (Co-owner of the Montreal Canadien Ice Hockey Team)
  • Hon Justice Dr Gladys Olateru-Olagbegi (Chief Judge of the State, Nigeria)
  • Dr Max Price (Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Lewis Pugh (Record-breaking endurance swimmer and environmental campaigner)
  • Dame Norma Restieaux DBE (Physician, medical researcher and leading cardiologist)
  • Greg Selinger (Premier of Manitoba, Canada)
  • Sergei Stanishev (Former Prime Minister of Bulgaria and the current Chairman of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP)
  • Gordon Thiessen (Former Governor of the Bank of Canada)
  • Dr Christopher Wilkie (Canadian Ambassador to Morocco)
  • Dr Feng Ye (Director General, Supreme People's Prosecution Service of China)