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What was it like, trying to make a career as a woman historian? How did St Andrews women navigate issues such as precarity, sexism, promotion opportunities?

Advertisement from the Times 1961, for the role of Warden of University Hall

Wardens as Historians

Women’s colleges and residences provided important job opportunities for early women academics. Unlike Cambridge, Oxford or London, St Andrews did not establish women-only colleges, but it did have women-only…

PhDs in History: the first four women

The first PhD in History at St Andrews was awarded to T.F.G Dexter in 1922. Perhaps remarkably, it was only a few years later before two women followed suit: Edith MacQueen and Edith Thomson were awarded their PhDs in…