Queen Mary, University of London

a Celebration of Women as Students and as Teachers

Welcome to the Women@QM website.

In recent years Queen Mary, University of London has seen rapid growth and expansion in terms of both student and staff numbers. Whilst growth and change create exciting opportunities, there is a risk that in this process of rapid expansion some key aspects of the identity of the College may be lost.

In order to increase the sense of our own history and to communicate to new generations of students and staff something of Queen Mary’s identity and mission, a range of events will be held during the 2007/08 academic year to explore and celebrate the contribution of women to the four Colleges that underpin the modern institution: Queen Mary College, Westfield College, St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College, and the London Hospital Medical College.

These events are being organised by the Women@QM Project Board, chaired by Professor Morag Shiach, Vice-Principal (Teaching and Learning). The Women@QM Project will explore the challenges, dilemmas and opportunities for women from different generations and different communities entering higher education for the first time and will draw parallels between different groups of women for whom the entry into education was unexpected and in some sense disruptive of wider assumptions about their social and cultural role.

2007 marks the 120th anniversary of the founding of Queen Mary and the 125th anniversary of the founding of Westfield College. The project will include:


to take place in the Octagon in the autumn of 2007.

Public Events and Lectures

starting with a round table discussion chaired by Professor Lisa Jardine and involving graduates from every decade since the 1940s.

Outreach Activities

academic contributions to our outreach and aspiration-raising activities in 2007/08 will give particular prominence to the role of women in science and engineering.

Community Involvement

the exhibition and related events will be used to enhance our working relationships with local schools, colleges and community groups.


Progress with the project and items of interest will be listed here over the coming months.

For further information on the project please use the navigation links or contact us. We would be particularly interested to hear from alumni who would be willing to loan material (photographs, papers, etc.) for the exhibition.