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Edith Morley: the first female professor in Britain




Edith Morley’s 1944 memoir, Before and After, was written a few years after retiring as the first female professor at an English university. This absorbing story, now published in book form for the first time by Two Rivers Press, brings alive a very different era, one foundational to the freedoms we enjoy today.

Barbara Morris, who has edited the volume, talks here about Edith Morley and her memoir.


When in 1907 Reading University College began its quest for full university status all heads of department were promoted

Lucy Frances Nettlefold, OBE (1891-1966) – Cross-Fertilisation: from Commerce to Committee – Pt 2

Women’s Interests

Crosby Hall

Nor did Nancy Nettlefold ever neglect her concerns for Women’s Interests and Academic Advancement, neither during those years in commerce, or after. Her directorship with JSN Ltd had given her an prominence in a man’s world and as a member and later President of the British Federation of University Women she used it to help promote women. With that presidential election it seems her secondment as Director of Crosby Hall was assured, and this seems to have inspired her to sit on other committees devoted to matters of Women’s Education and Health.

Thus, between 1932 and …

A Woman is a Person! Sophia Jex-Blake’s Historical Struggle

Discovery in archives sheds new light on Jex-Blake’s campaign for medical education for women
Dr Sophia Jex-Blake, c. 1860.

It has been known that Sophia Jex-Blake and her supporters, in their quest to open up University medical education for women, had written to the Senatus Academicus at St Andrews in an attempt to gain admittance to classes there, but the documentary evidence was not apparently extant.

While searching the Senatus papers for information about the University’s higher certificate for women, I was astounded to come across what must be the very letter Jex-Blake wrote, so far unlisted. It was