Thursday 5 March | 7.30pm | Great Hall, London Road campus

To mark International Women’s Day we are delighted to present this annual event in memory of Edith Morley, believed to be the first woman to be awarded the title professor in a British university. Appointed as Professor of English Language at Reading in 1908, Professor Morley was dedicated to her subject, her students and her cause. She believed that women should have an equal place in academia and society and was an inspiring and motivating force for the young people around her. Over 100 years on, we invite you to celebrate this extraordinary part of our heritage with this special event to inspire young women to achieve great things.

Edith Morley lecture flyer image

We will welcome a small panel of our highly successful female alumni to present their own views on what it means to be a great role model for young women in our contemporary society.


  • Laura Tobin, ITV weather presenter (BSc Physics and Meteorology 2003)
  • Rhianna Dhillon, Radio 1 Film Critic (BA English and Film & Theatre 2011, Alumnus of the Year 2013)

 Admission is free, places are limited. To book a place, visit www.reading.ac.uk/events


About Cindy

Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading. Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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