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40 years of women at Sidney

On 22nd October 2016 we launched our year-long celebrations of 40 years since the admission of the first female undergraduates at Sidney. Please click the image below to view our gallery of photographs taken on the day.

The day featured two fantastic panel discussions involving women from the Sidney community past and present in the afternoon. Chaired by Professor Rebecca Kilner,  Barbara Young, Baroness Young of Old Scone (2000; first female Honorary Fellow), Dr Denise Reed (1977; Chief Scientist, Water Institute of the Gulf, Baton Rouge, USA and first female president of the MCR), Professor Joanne Martin (1978; Professor of Pathology and Director of Academic Health Sciences, Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust), Dr Neha Pathak (2006; Cosmopolitan Ultimate Game-Changer winner 2014) and Mrs Rebecca Evans (1997; Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Welsh Government) and Ms Carol Vorderman MBE (1978), spoke about the importance of mentorship and support in their varied careers in Science and Leadership. Meanwhile, Professor Alison Blunt (1987; Professor of Geography, Head of School, Queen Mary University of London),  Ms Fiona Parkin QC (1989; Barrister Atkin Chambers),  Ms Diane Samuels (1979; playwright and author), Mrs Sue Toft (1976; Head of Learning and Development, British Council), Mrs Rachel Horne (1998; Business Presenter and Producer, BBC News), and Joanna Marsh (1989; former Organ Scholar) shared key moments that shaped their lives since leaving Sidney in an inspiring panel chaired by Professor Dame Sandra Dawson (Former Master, 1998-2008).

The afternoon session concluded with a fascinating whistle-stop tour through the history of women at Sidney from our keynote speaker - the eminent research chemist Professor Sue Gibson (1978; Natural Sciences), the inaugural recipient of the Royal Society’s Rosalind Franklin Award for outstanding contribution to science, technology, engineering or mathematics. 

The evening began with the spectacular world premiere of Joanna Marsh's anthem ‘Martha and Mary’,  which has been composed to mark this anniversary by Sidney’s Composer in Residence 2015-2016. We were delighted that Joanna could introduce her work which was exquisitely performed by Sidney's renowned Chapel Choir conducted by Dr David Skinner (Osborn Director of Music). Pre-dinner drinks followed in the Audit Room, after which the evening culminated with a special formal dinner in Hall.


40 years of women at Sidney