Today, 6 February, marks a significant milestone in UK history; it’s 100 years since the Representation of the People Act
was enacted. As an institution whose founders were at the vanguard of progressing women’s equality, we are marking the centenary of the right to vote by joining Vote 100, the national celebration of suffrage.
I’d encourage you to get involved with some of the future events that will help to bring to life the legacy of suffrage and the development of democracy. Today, members of the Staging Suffrage
team embodied the spirits of suffrage in various guises around campus. You can also visit the women's suffrage exhibition
, and take part in a free online course in partnership with UK Parliament called Beyond the Ballot
. There will be many other events throughout the year, including the 2018 Fawcett Lecture
The celebration provides another opportunity for us to reflect on our inspirational alumnae
who contributed to the suffrage movement, including Emily Wilding Davison
, who we recently named our library and student services centre after.
You may remember that last November students and colleagues put forward nominations of who we could honour by naming our new science building after them. We received 46 nominations, which we have reduced to a shortlist of four. Our new science building will be named after one of these four women; Dame Kathleen Lonsdale
, Dr Elizabeth Blackwell
, Dr Rosalind Franklin
or Dr Beatrice Shilling
You, together with our students, have until 15 February to share your views on which individual you think the building should be named after. Our College Council will then make the final decision, and I will announce the chosen name by the end of this term. Professor Paul Layzell