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About Girton

A pioneer of inclusive excellence

Girton has a proud history as an institution that changed the world. Founded in 1869 by Emily Davies and Barbara Bodichon, the College is distinctive for being Britain’s first residential college for the degree level education of women. The College has always set the pace on matters of equality and inclusion – Girton was also the first of the Women’s Colleges to go mixed over forty years ago. But that was just the start. From the day the door first opened, to as recently as last week, Girton has had the knack of changing people’s lives. They, in turn, have gone on to shape the future – or some part of it at least.

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Girton Today

Girton is a vibrant community of scholars, from all walks of life, united in their passion for learning, and determined to do well. Where you can enjoy stunning buildings, facilities and grounds, value each other’s company, work hard and have fun.

Our wide range of learning resources supports practically every subject offered by the University. Our teaching is infused with cutting edge research. We encourage excellence and nurture potential. We also aim for breadth. Our musical life is second to none, we have some of the best on-site sporting facilities in Cambridge, and there are prizes and awards, not just for scholarly achievement, but for communications, innovation and adventure.

Most importantly of all… Girton is a home from home… a link to the world of work, and a potentially life-changing experience

Today, there are almost 800 matriculated students, over one third of whom are graduates, together with a community of around 120 academic Fellows and around 135 operational staff.

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