International Women's Day 2017

Published: Wednesday 8 March 2017
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International Women's Day 2017

International Women's Day recognises women's achievements and highlights the continued struggle for a more inclusive, gender equal world.

The theme this year is #BeBoldforchange with areas for action including:

Celebrate women’s achievement

Champion women’s education

With this in mind, we’d like to remind you of the transcript of the First register of Female Students at Borough Road College, which dates back to 1806.


These are the earliest women to attend a college which eventually became part of Brunel University London. It was transcribed by our student volunteer Joshua Insley.

Female students of Brunel – these are your forebears!

During the twentieth century, under previous (male) archivists, the female students had been very much overlooked in terms of both research and the cataloguing of their records in the British and Foreign School Society Archives. But not anymore! Mandy, Phaedra and Ruth have been taking steps to address this for several years now. We are currently cataloguing women’s 19th century applications to college, and the travels and overseas careers of alumnae can be seen in the BFSS Foreign Correspondence, all of which can been viewed in our archive catalogue:


Earliest photo of female students in Brunel University London Archives.

Page last updated: Wednesday 08 March 2017