Upcoming Alumni Events

Fri Apr 06 @19:00 -
MA Congregation and Dinner 2018
Sat Apr 07 @19:00 -
MA Congregation and Dinner 2018
Sat Apr 28
Natural Sciences Dinner
Thu May 17 @18:45 -
Alumni Formal Hall


Emma Cornwall, Alumni Officer and Legacy Officer
t.+44 (0)1223 338901

Development Office, Girton College, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0JG
Charity Number 1137541

Girton College History Alumni Dinner

Girton College is delighted to be hosting the History Alumni Dinner '50 Years of History at Girton' on Saturday 21 January 2017. All former Girton College Historians, Fellows and current students are warmly encouraged to attend. The event will also be an occasion to mark the retirements of Dr Alastair Reid and Dr Betty Wood. Please find below details on how to purchase tickets and a programme for the event.

While the primary purpose of this occasion is to celebrate the subject of History and to facilitate conversations between Girtonian Historians of all generations, we would also like to take the opportunity to draw your attention to the Jean Lindsay Memorial Bursary Fund. Please see more information about the fund at the end of this page.

Draft Programme


'History and Girton', a talk by Dr Hazel Mills, with Dr Amy Erickson


In 2019 the College will celebrate its 150 anniversary


Drinks Reception


Dinner in Hall (Dress code: Black Tie)

Guest speaker:

Dr Tristram Hunt, 'The role of History today’. Dr Hunt is an acclaimed author, politician, and broadcast journalist.


The Mistress and Dr Ben Griffin, Official Fellow in History

* Please note that in the morning, an Academic Conference will be held in honour of Dr Alastair Reid and Dr Betty Wood. For further information please contact History Fellow, Dr Simone Maghenzani at JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING .

Purchasing Tickets

Please note that bookings for this event have now closed. 


As it is term time there is, unfortunately, no accommodation available in College. A full range of accommodation available in Cambridge can be found on the website www.visitcambridge.org. CAMCard holders can also receive special discounts at selected hotels - www.alumni.cam.ac.uk/benefits/camcard.



A Great Campaign for

the Jean Lindsay

Bursary Fund


Girton was founded on the principle of inclusion and today we still hold true to Emily Davies’s vision. The College thrives on diversity and provides a truly all-round, transformative university education. We work hard to ensure that the very best young people have the opportunity to study here, irrespective of background or financial circumstances.

For each undergraduate, the challenge should be one of intellect, but increasingly the financial barrier poses the greater problem. The prospect of substantial debt after graduation discourages good students from applying to Girton and the recent withdrawal of the Government maintenance grant only acts as a further deterrent to those on the lowest family incomes. We want talented students from all walks of life to put Girton first, so we must be able to offer financial support when needed.

The Jean Lindsay Bursary Fund was established in 1997 to commemorate Jean 

Lindsay (Fellow and Lecturer in Modern History at Girton 1945 - 1960). The Bursaries are offered to undergraduate studying History on a means-tested basis and will support annual living costs for the entirety of a student’s course. 


How You Can Help

We need your help to continue this vital support. A donation to the Jean Lindsay Bursary Fund could make the difference to the decision of a truly outstanding student - it could be transformational. If you feel that you have benefited from your time at Girton, then please consider giving back to support the next generation of undergraduates. Every gift, at whatever level is meaningful to you, is very welcome. Thank you. Gifts can be made using a donation form (pdf donation form) or by visiting the College’s website: www.girton.cam.ac.uk/other-student-bursaries

Your support will be counted toward Girton’s A Great Campaign which aims to raise £50 million to grow our permanent endowment capital. This will enable students to receive much-needed bursaries, support word-class teaching and research-active Fellowships, and underpin every activity at Girton - into perpetuity. Those values of excellence, inclusion, and philanthropy that inspired our foundation in 1869 are still firmly rooted in the College today.


Dr Jean Lindsay, Fellow of Girton and Director of Studies in History 1948-60.

A Brief Biography.

Ramrod straight, as befitted a general's daughter, dark plaits across her head, bright, dark eyes and a smile which often lit her face, Dr Jean Lindsay - "the L" - cared for her students. Those of our generation, not long after the privations of WW2 and almost all straight from school, have fond memories of her personal kindnesses in times of difficulty, and of her warm hospitality. Memorably, she had a large Chinese bowl always filled with Smarties into which we were urged to plunge our hands at supervisions or when invited to coffee, or sherry.

For Mrs. L. was immensely sociable and helped us to be also. We were invited to meet distinguished academics, who then welcomed the Girton historians.  There was one elegant occasion when Mrs. Lindsay gave a Black Tie dance for her students in the Stanley Library. Indeed, Mrs. Lindsay believed firmly, like Emerson that "good manners are the happy way of doing things" and we, her students, never at first addressed by our Christian names, were guided - launched one might even say - into Cambridge University life.

The social life which Mrs. Lindsay thought important should not obscure her insistence on the highest academic efforts by her students.  At a time when there were only 20 places in the University for women to read History, there being only Girton and Newnham and both single sex, the competition for places was extremely keen.  Among her students one was destined to be Principal of St. Hilda's College Oxford, and others to be Professors.  She appeared to enjoy the company of the students she chose, was always interested in and proud of  what they were doing. She even founded the Coffee Pot Club so that they were not lonely when once they had left Cambridge.

Dr Lindsay’s own achievements are numerous and remarkable. In 1932 she gained a starred First in Part II of the History Tripos, a doctorate in 1936, and was the recipient of numerous College and University prizes. Her early career was interrupted by WW2 where her war service roles took her from the Ministry of Information, Intelligence Division, to the Foreign Research and Press Service, before Dr Lindsay joined the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANYs) and the legendary Special Operations Executive (SOE). Her postings took her to North Africa, Greece, Egypt and Italy. After the war Girton invited Jean to take up a Lectureship in History at the same time as she became a University Lecturer. She later became Director of Studies in History, stepping down in 1960 when Jean accepted an invitation to become Headmistress of St George's School in Edinburgh, a post she held for 16 years.

The Jean Lindsay Memorial Bursary Fund hopes to make available the same kind of caring support to those who might not otherwise consider coming to Girton, while enhancing the academic reputation of the College.



Girton College History Fellows 1948
(Back Row, L to R): Janet Matthews, Marjorie Chibnall, Jean Lindsay.
(Front Row, L to R): Helen Cam; Mary Gwladys Jones.

A Great Campaign for Girton College


In 2010 we launched A Great Campaign to secure a sustainable financial future for the leading-edge learning environment that is Girton College. Six years on and halfway through A Great Campaign, we have marked a milestone: nearly £25 million of our £50 million target has been raised through a mixture of donations (£12 million) and legacy pledges by the living (£13 million). This is a tremendous achievement and, whilst not enough to underpin the world-class residential educational experience that Girton aspires to offer, it does provide for a substantial permanent uplift in income. The second half of A Great Campaign - with your continued help - will be transformational by increasing the College’s permanent endowment capital.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of you who have supported the College.


Alumni and Supporters Data Protection

This statement explains how the College (“we” and “our”) handles and uses data we collect about ouralumni, Fellows, and our past, current and future supporters (“you” and “your”). In broad terms, we use your data to keep in touch with you as alumni (and life-long members of the College) and supporters, in order to keep you appraised of our activities and developments, to provide services to you, and to identify ways in which you can support us, through donations and/or other forms of financial and non-financial support.


How your data is used by the College

Your data is used by us for a number of interdependent purposes, including alumni relations, communications and fundraising. These include:

  • publications,
  • surveys,
  • appeals and requests for donations, including research on when and whether particular donations or funding appeals may be of interest to you,
  • the promotion of alumni and other College events, and
  • the promotion of other services open to our members.

Communications to you may be sent by post, telephone or electronic means, depending on the contact details we hold and the preferences expressed by you about the types of communications you wish to receive.

If you have concerns or queries about any of these purposes, or how we communicate with you, please contact us at the address given below.


What data is held by the College

We work closely with the University as a result of their shared interest in having a coordinated approach to their alumni and supporters. We have a separate database from the University, but we also have access to the University’s database: additionally, we maintain other electronic and paper records.Any transmission of data to or from the University is managed through agreed processes which comply with UK data protection legislation. The University has its own data protection statement and procedures. Please note your information may also be transferred to and retained by the College Archive.

Most records contain:

  • details of your school, College and University education,
  • unique personal identifiers (e.g. student number, date of birth), and
  • your contact details.


Where provided by you, or provided by the University or obtained from reputable sources, we also record:

  • your attendance at College or University events,
  • other contact with us or the University since graduation,
  • your key relationships with other alumni or supporters of the College and/or the University and other Colleges within Cambridge,
  • your career details and other life achievements,
  • financial information relating to you and any of your key relationships (including but not necessarily limited to income, philanthropy and other giving),
  • donations made by you to either the College or the University,
  • information about your areas of personal interest,
  • personal data provided by you for a specific purpose or purposes (for example, disability, catering preferences or lifestyle status for event management), and
  • your communication preferences.


Where data is included from sources external to the University and the College, we only use data from our partners (as outlined below) or other reputable sources. We may use automated or manual analyses to link data together to help us identify your potential for supporting us and/or the University.


When the College shares your data with others

Depending on constraints set by you, and which you may change at any time, we may share any of the above categories of data with the University.

Additionally, we share data on a considered and confidential basis, where appropriate, with:

  • Cambridge in America (the University’s affiliate alumni office in the US),
  • third party agencies such as the NCOA update service who provide us with change of address details in order to help keep our database as up to date as possible,
  • selected companies who provide College-branded or College-endorsed products and services, 
  • volunteer partners closely related to us (e.g. College trustees, development board members, alumni group representatives), and
  • contractors providing services to you on our behalf or services to us (our “data processors”).

We do not sell your personal data to third parties under any circumstances, or permit third parties to sell on the data we have shared with them.


We do not currently use third party wealth screening companies, and have no plans to do so in the future.


We also facilitate communication between individual alumni (of the College or the University), but in doing so we do not release personal contact details without prior permission.


Any transfers of your data overseas or to international organisations, as set out above, are protected either by an adequacy decision by the European Commission or by standard data protection clauses adopted by the European Commission (which are available from our Data Protection Officer) or, before 25 May 2018, by a self-assessment of adequacy.


Your rights

The legal basis for processing your personal data is your consent, where you have provided this, and otherwise our legitimate interest.  


You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. There is no statutory or contractual requirement for you to provide us with any personal data.


In addition to the rights outlined above, you have the right: to ask us for access to, rectification or erasure of your data; to restrict processing (pending correction or deletion); to object to communications or direct marketing; and to ask for the transfer of your data electronically to a third party (data portability).


We will retain your data indefinitely or until you request us to do otherwise.  We will publish on our website any changes we make to this data protection statement and notify you by other communication channels where appropriate.


You have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/


Questions and further statutory information

The controller for your personal data is Girton College, and we can be contacted at JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING .


The College’s Data Protection Officer is responsible for monitoring compliance with relevant legislation in relation to the protection of personal data, and can be contacted at JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING .


Please contact us through the address given above if you have any concerns or questions about the above information. Where you have specific requests relating to how we manage your data, we will endeavour to resolve these, but please note that there may be circumstances where we cannot comply with your specific request.


Where you opt out of all future communications or exercise your right to erasure, we will continue to maintain a core set of personal data (name, subject(s), matriculation and graduation details, unique University identification number and date of birth) to ensure we do not contact you inadvertently in future, while still maintaining our record of your academic achievements.  We may also need to retain some financial records about you for statutory purposes (e.g. Gift Aid, anti-fraud and accounting matters).


If you have any concerns about your personal data held by the University, you will need to contact the University separately.

MACUW upcoming events

Manchester Association Cambridge University Women

AGM Saturday 5th October 2013 Withington Girls School 10.30am.

All Cambridge women living in Manchester and the North West welcome to attend. Cambridge news, Dr Joanna Bauldreay sharing insights into developing jet fuel and lunch.

Please e-mail JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING if you would like to attend.

Alumni Accommodation Summer Discount

From 7th July 2014 through to 18th September 2014 accommodation in College will be available to alumni at a discounted rate. Bring friends or family along to stay in Girton - show them your old haunts or explore the many activities Cambridge, and the surrounding area, has to offer.


Standard Single Student Rooms = £42.00 inclusive of VAT and breakfast

Ash Court Single En-Suite Rooms = £60.00 inclusive of VAT and breakfast

(please note  that these rooms will not be available from 11th August - 31st August)

Pear Trees Double En-Suite Rooms = £90.00 inclusive of VAT and breakfast


To book accommodation please contact our Conference Office at JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING and quote reference ALUM14.


Booking notes:

- Rates are valid from 7th July 2014 - 18th September 2014 (inclusive).

- Offer not applicable to existing bookings or in conjunction with conferences and weddings hosted at Girton College.

- All bookings are subject to availability.

- An alumnus/a must be part of any group booking - discount is not transferable.

Roll of Alumni Weekend Programme


Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September 2018


Saturday 22nd:

11.00am - Annual Library Talk in Old Kitchens. All welcome.

12.00 -13.30pm - Lunch will be available with a cash till in the cafeteria in the main Hall 

12.00 -14.00pm - Roll of Alumni Committee Meeting

14.00pm - Annual Lawrence Room in Old Kitchens. All welcome.

15.30pm - Tea and Coffee will be served in Old Hall.

16.00pm - Annual People's Portraits Event in the Fellows' Rooms. 

18.00pm - Concert in the Stanley Library retiring collection). All welcome.

19.00pm - Roll of Alumni Annual Dinner for all alumni including reunion tables for those who came up in 1958, 1968, 1978, 1983, 1984 and 1985. Drinks reception in Old Hall followed by dinner in the main Hall.


Sunday 23rd:

10.30am - Annual Gardens Talk in the Stanley Library. All welcome.

For queries about the Roll of Alumni Weekend and Dinner please contact the Alumni Officer on 01223 338901 or JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING .




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