Celebrating 50 Years of Women at Churchill College

We’re celebrating 50 years since Churchill College was the first male Cambridge College to vote to admit women. 

Churchill College voted to go co-educational in 1968, leading the way for co-educational learning to begin in 1972.

We’re reflecting on how far Churchill College has come and what it means for and to women who have been part of Churchill College since that time, right through to today. We’ll be sharing perspectives, achievements and memories from students, staff and Fellows, past and present, across this academic year.

If you’ve got something you’d like to share, use the form below to let us know.


We will be commemorating this special year with a series of events.

Previous events:

17th November: Give Me Inspiration

Churchill College Master, Athene Donald in conversation with Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon, renowned champion and inspiration for women looking to find a role in the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Watch the recording

8th December: Work in Progress?

Churchillian Fellows of the Royal Society met to consider the place of women in the scientific community. Watch the recording

13th February: Give Me Inspiration 

Churchill College Master, Athene Donald in conversation with Professor Miranda Wolpert, Director of Mental Health at Wellcome and Professor in Evidence Based Research and Practice at UCL. Watch the recording


Talks, Exhibitions & Recordings

Lesley Knox, 1972 Alumna, reflects on her time at Churchill College – extract from 2022 Alumni Weekend 

Churchill Archives Online Exhibition: 50 Years of Women at Churchill


Student profiles celebrating International Women & Girls in Science Day

Student Spotlight: Eva Benyei

Student Spotlight: Irene Jackson Sillah

Student Spotlight: Tharushi Wijesena


Stories & Talks

Across the year we will feature stories, interviews and content from those who have been involved with Churchill College, past and present, as we celebrate successes, share reflections and look forward to the future.

Featured stories


Latest News

Victoire Cachoux: Churchill College alumna and L’Oréal-UNESCO Young Talent

Rita Monson: Churchill College’s Senior Tutor’s Research Team makes New Antibiotic Discovery


Leadership at Churchill College

Churchill College is unusual among Cambridge Colleges in that it currently has a female Master, Bursar and Senior Tutor.

Athene Donald: The first female Master of Churchill College

Tamsin James: Current Bursar of Churchill College

Rita Monson: The first female Senior Tutor of Churchill College



The Struggle for Coeducation – Prof. Mark Goldie reflects

Jennifer Brook: The first female Bursar of Churchill College

Swati Sen: One of the first female Postgraduates


Meet some of our current students

Student Spotlight: Imane Iraoui

Student Spotlight: Inioluwa Afolabi

Student Spotlight: Hannah Saint

Student Spotlight: Lily Archer

Student Spotlight: Cherish Watton

Share your stories

Got something you’d like to share as part of our celebrations? Let us know via our form.