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Welcome to the first edition of Goodricke College’s alumni newsletter: your bi-annual update on college news and ways to get involved with the college. 

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Welcome to the first Goodricke College Alumni Newsletter. My name is Matt Matravers and I am the Head of College (‘Provost’ in old money), having taken over from Jane Clarbour in September 2014.  

The immediate reason for starting the Newsletter is that Goodricke will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2018/2019. To celebrate the 50th, we will be hosting an event in London on Thursday 8th November this year and at Goodricke over the weekend of 1st June 2019. 

In the newsletter you will find information on what’s been going on in Goodricke, messages from students and the College Team, and we hope some Alumni news (if you’re willing to share!). We hope you enjoy it and promise not to bother you more than a couple of times a year.

More immediately, PLEASE update your details on YorkSpace. You can also join our Facebook Alumni Page and LinkedIn group. All the links you need are below.  

Social Media Links

To keep up to date with the college and other alumni, please join our Facebook alumni group. 

We’d love to know what you’ve been up to in your careers since leaving York, so you can also join our LinkedIn alumni page 

You can also find the college on Twitter and Instagram.

50th Anniversary

The 2018/19 academic year marks 50 years since Goodricke first opened its doors to students. We’ll be releasing more information about what we have planned closer to the date but to make sure that you’re up to date with what’s going on, join our Facebook alumni group, and update your contact details on York Space.  We’ll be launching our celebrations on 8th November in London.

The main event comes in Summer term 2019, when we’ll be celebrating the 50th alongside our annual Goodfest event over the weekend of 1st June (more information on this relatively new tradition can be found below!)

Goodricke: credit to Borthwick Archives

From Campus West to Campus East

If you haven’t kept an eye on Goodricke over the past few years, you might not know that we’ve undergone a pretty big change. In 2003, plans were approved for the University’s campus to be extended to a new location down the road from Heslington. Being the pioneering college that we are, Goodricke was chosen as the first college to be relocated to the new campus. In 2009, the new buildings opened their doors to the freshers, and we’ve been here ever since. Two colleges (our old friends Langwith and newcomers Constantine) have popped up nearby, alongside a number of department buildings and teaching spaces. In January of this year, the Piazza building opened, with commercial opportunities set to open in the coming months alongside it. Campus East is truly becoming a thriving new community for students, and Goodricke was there when it all began. If you haven’t been back to York in over a decade, then coming to our anniversary weekend next summer is the perfect opportunity to get reacquainted with your old haunts, but also a way to discover what  Goodricke College has become. Of course, our famous Algol balls made the journey and are now at home on the new campus.


Goodricke: credit to York Digital Library


Goodricke: credit to University of York


Finally, Goodfest 2018 – our annual outdoor music festival – was a great success with family events through the day and a music through the evening. See you at Goodfest 2019 for the 50th!

Credit to ‘Baluga Photography’
Credit to ‘Baluga Photography’