It was 40 years ago, in 1980, that the first cohort of brave female students came up to Merton and started populating the quads, Hall, corridors and tutorials. Today, the undergraduate and graduate population is more even, and seeing women in College is of course the norm - quite something considering that Merton was largely a single-sex institution for 716 years.
The College is marking this very special milestone in a variety of ways, including a feature each week of a different 'Merton Woman' drawn from across those 40 years and who are representative of the entire Merton community, staff, students, Fellows and alumnae, past and present. This developing set of profiles illustrates, in part, the remarkable and glittering array of talent we have amongst all our Merton Women.
As we progress though the year, a new profile will appear below each week. Simply click/tap on the photograph to access a profile. Each profile will also be publicised more widely on our website and social media.
We hope you will enjoy viewing the profiles and that they will serve as a record of the amazing impact that Merton women have had on the College and the wider world.