Girton College

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Girton College
motto Better is wisdom than weapons of war (Alumni)
founding 1869 The College for Women
1872 Girton College
Sponsorship University of Cambridge
place Cambridge
Mistress Susan J. Smith (since 2009)
students 824 (Dec 2020),
including 301 postgraduates
Employee 255
including professors 120

The Girton College is a college of the University of Cambridge . It was Cambridge's first women's college.

It was founded in 1869 by Emily Davies as the "College for Women". Although men have been allowed to study here since 1979, a major concern of the college is equal access to higher education for students of all social groups and nationalities .


Girton College (1890s)

Girton College started out as a shared apartment of five female students in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.

In 1873 the main building of the college was built about three miles northwest of Cambridge city center near the village of Girton , from which it owes its name. This distance served as a safe distance from the men's colleges.

In 1874, two students at Girton College received jobs as professors of science and mathematics (in Girton) and physiology (at Cheltenham College ) after passing their exams .

On April 27, 1948, when women first became full members of Cambridge University , Girton College officially became one of the colleges of Cambridge University.

Main entrance

In 1969, to mark the college's centenary, Wolfson Court was built as an extension near the city center. This is now across from the state-of-the-art Center for Mathematical Sciences at Cambridge University.




Web links

Commons : Girton College  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Professor Susan J Smith. In: Girton College> People> The Mistress. Girton College, accessed January 31, 2021 .
  2. Helen Read: Student numbers by college as of December 1, 2020. In: Information Hub> University Profile> Student Numbers> Student Numbers by College. University of Cambridge, accessed January 30, 2021 .
  3. a b About Girton. Girton College, accessed January 31, 2021 .
  4. Peter Barry: Beginning theory: an introduction to literary and cultural theory . 4th edition. Manchester, ISBN 978-1-5261-2179-0 .
  5. Female professors. In:  Wiener Zeitung , December 29, 1874, p. 13 (online at ANNO ).Template: ANNO / Maintenance / wrz

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