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

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Women at Churchill in the news

Admissions in Balance

Read the Master's latest blog post on what Churchill College is doing to increase the diversity of its undergraduate membership.

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Churchill celebrates its highest ever undergraduate intake of women

Churchill College is pleased to celebrate the diversity as well as the excellence of our new undergraduate intake. This year 36% of undergraduates will be women — our highes proportion for ...

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Women in Science: How Close Are We to Achieving True Gender Equality?

First published in The Free Think Tank, Professor Athene Donald discusses the issue of gender equality in Science and how far off we are from achieving it. 

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Alumni architects in conversation: ‘Building the graduate community at Churchill’

The College has secured permission to build 35 new units of graduate accommodation next to the Wolfson Flats. The buildings have been designed by two Churchill alumni, read all about ...

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Churchill alumna Xiaotian Fu knighted with the Order of the Star of Italy

Churchill alumna, Ms Fu Xiaotian (G06), was awarded the Order of the Star of Italy at the Italian Embassy in Beijing on 12 June 2017. This prestigious award was given ...

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Postgraduate Nikita Hari makes the Telegraph's Top 50 Women in Engineering list

Churchill postgraduate student Nikita Hari (G13) becomes the first University of Cambridge student and Indian citizen to be featured on Telegraph’s ‘Top 50 Women in Engineering’ list.

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Churchill Fellow, Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright wins University Pilkington Prize for excellence in teaching

Churchill Fellow, Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright, is among thirteen Cambridge academics have been recognised for their outstanding teaching in the University’s 24th Pilkington Prizes.

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Dr Karen Stroobants to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in Germany

Congratulations to Postdoctoral By-Fellow Dr Karen Stroobants, who has been selected to attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in Germany.

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New research by Churchill student Olivia Remes finds that living in a poor area increases anxiety in women, but not men

Women living in the most deprived areas are over 60% more likely to have anxiety as women living in richer areas according to new research by Churchill PhD student Olivia ...

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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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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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