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Forty years of women at Trinity Hall

1 October 2016

The beginning of the 2016/17 academic year marks the 40th anniversary of Trinity Hall becoming a co-educational institution. The College is taking this opportunity to mark the significant impact co-education has had on College life through a series of special events and features, running from October 2016 to September 2018.

In 1974 Governing Body voted to admit women to College after the statutes were revised to allow such a decision to be made. Dr Sandra Raban (Medieval History) and Dr Kareen Thorne (Biochemistry), who was appointed the College’s first female Senior Tutor in 1985, arrived at Trinity Hall in January 1976 as the College’s first female Staff Fellows. Later that year the first graduate student arrived, followed by undergraduates in 1977.

Dr Anne Simon (1976) was the first female student at Trinity Hall, arriving from Newnham College to study for a PhD in physics. In her autumn 2016 Front Court article, Dr Simon says, “Forty years ago I probably underestimated how big a step it was because the Hall was, and continues to be, so extraordinarily welcoming.”

The introduction of co-education at Trinity Hall is indeed an important milestone in our history and today, as when Dr Simon arrived forty years ago, we strive for academic excellence and a warm and friendly atmosphere. We hope the 40th anniversary will provide an opportunity for all members of the Trinity Hall community to reflect on the College’s history and be involved in our activities.

Find out more about our anniversary programme, including events, profiles and a timeline, on the website: www.trinhall.cam.ac.uk/th40.

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