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Queen Mary alumna and staff have been interviewed about their experiences of higher education, entering professional life and balancing a career with domestic responsibilities. The earliest interview dates back to c1985, when Maud Godward recalled her long association with QMC from the 1930s to the 1980s. The remaining interviews were undertaken by Archive staff at Queen Mary during 2007, and include the stories of QM women across the decades from all four colleges.

Listen to these women's stories by following the links below.

Frances Balkwill
tells about her work in cancer research, engaging children in science and the work of the Centre of the Cell...
Barbara Boucher
recalls her time at The London, her memory of Dorothy Russell, her work as a doctor in East London and her research on pregnant women and diabetes...
Colette Bowe
speaks about becoming an economics student at Queen Mary College, her work in the public, private and voluntary sectors and being the first alumna and woman to become Chair of the College Council...
Virginia Davis
tells about her arrival as History Lecturer at Westfield College, the merger with Queen Mary College, the position of women in history and balancing career and family life...
Maud Godward
remembers her time at East London College in the 1930s, as Botany Lecturer at Queen Mary College through the war years and the advances in technology and facilities at QM over more than 50 years...
Parveen Kumar
tells of her time at Barts as a student, her path to becoming a consultant and Professor and how she has made a lasting impact on medical students internationally...
Elizabeth Maslen
was a student at Westfield College during the 1950s, and later became an English Lecturer. She recalls her student years, her progression to her academic career, and the merger between Queen Mary and Westfield Colleges...
Carol Rivas
speaks about her students days at Queen Mary in the 1980s, the challenges as a woman in her profession and her delight in coming back to QM as a member of staff...
Morag Shiach
recalls her choice to study Drama and Philosophy in Glasgow, how she came to Queen Mary for her first academic post, and her path to becoming Vice-Principal for Teaching and Learning...
Mary Slater
tells of coming to London from rural Wales to study English at Queen Mary, her work in the NHS for nearly 30 years, and her more recent work on women's issues, diversity and equality...
Listen also to the words of a former Westfield student,
speaking of her memories of Mary Stocks as a major influence on students.

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