Our Coronavirus Guidance

So that we can ensure that all Members of the Churchill College community stay healthy and safe, things will look a little different when you next come to College. But you can find everything you need to know on our new Coronavirus Guidance page  From the latest research from the University to what you should do if you have symptoms, and from the provision of College services to minimising the risk of transmission, you'll find all the answers to your questions here.

Women at Churchill

Churchill College was in the vanguard of dramatically expanding female participation in Cambridge University: it was the first of the formerly all-male Cambridge colleges to vote to admit women, with the initial cohort of female students arriving in 1972.

Women at Churchill

Churchill College was in the vanguard of dramatically expanding female participation in Cambridge University: it was the first of the formerly all-male Cambridge colleges to vote to admit women, with the initial cohort of female students arriving in 1972.

Since 1972 women have formed a core and essential part of our community, being heavily represented in the College students' unions, in sport, music, drama, art and many other areas of extra-curricular activity, all while achieving outstanding academic results. There is a strong female presence on the College's Fellowship, and many of its academics most focused upon working closely with students (Directors of Studies, for instance) are women.

The current Master, Professor Dame Athene Donald, is the first woman to hold this role in the College, and is determined that during her tenure the proportion of women students in the College should grow towards parity with men. Watch our videos and read about some of our talented female members to get a sense of what it is like to be a woman at Churchill.

"Women here fit seamlessly, as they should, into our wider culture. Churchill is friendly, open and welcoming,  embracing inclusivity. With our particular focus upon STEM subjects within the terms of our foundation, it is important that minorities of every sort – including women, who are seriously underrepresented in some STEM subjects across the UK – feel that they belong.

To achieve this we intend to build on our historically pioneering stand in admitting women to create an even stronger community for women, and especially to enable them to thrive in those disciplines where stereotypically they might not. Both in our admissions work and once women arrive in the College, we strive to ensure their voice is heard, their concerns addressed and that their achievements are recognised. Vital to this is working directly with the student body to support their own actions."

Professor Dame Athene Donald

Women at Churchill in the news

Cambridge Women Who Lead with Hannah Saint

Established at the start of this term, Cambridge Women Who Lead (CWWL) was founded by Churchill student and JCR President Hannah Saint.

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LEADING THE WAY: A Conversation with Dr Leor Zmigrod

Leor’s combined love of how the brain understands reality and engages in politics led her to investigate the psychology of ideological thinking, voting behaviour, and group identity formation.

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Dame Athene Donald wins the THE Lifetime Achievement award

Professor Dame Athene Donald received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her 'indefatigable and pioneering' efforts to push gender equality to the top of the science policy agenda.

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Churchill Master's visit to New York and Toronto

Master of Churchill, Professor Dame Athene Donald, recently travelled to New York and Toronto, accompanied by Development Director Fran Malarée

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Churchill Alumna wins Innovate UK Grant

A startup co-founded by Churchill Alumna Dr Jacqui Poon (G12), has received an Innovate UK grant worth £320k.

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Alumna Sally Angel wins BAFTA

A huge congratulations to alumna Sally Angel (U79), whose production company Field Day Productions has won a BAFTA in the digital short form category for Missed Call.

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Churchill's Megan McGregor to represent UK at World Lecture Competition

Congratulations to Churchill's Megan McGregor (U&G 11), who has won the National Final of the IOM3 Young Person's Lecture Competition and will now represent the UK in ...

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Women in the arts & literary life: top 10 archive collections

The latest in our series on women in the archives.

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Lise Meitner - Celebrating a scientist who never lost her humanity

The videos of our symposium celebrating the pioneering female scientist are now online.

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Watch our videos about women at Churchill

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Open Days

GIVE ME INSPIRATION! THE PARADIGM SHIFT

A series of conversations with distinguished academics, hosted by the Master of Churchill College, Professor Dame Athene Donald.

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GIVE ME INSPIRATION! THE PARADIGM SHIFT

A series of conversations with distinguished academics, hosted by the Master of Churchill College, Professor Dame Athene Donald.

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