This year we are celebrating 40 years since the first women were admitted to Fitzwilliam. Here you can find a selection of stories from some of our alumnae and students.
In celebration of 40 years since the first female students matriculated at Fitzwilliam, we have interviewed a wide range of Fitz alumnae and prominent women in the College. Where better to start than with Professor Nicola Padfield QC, Nicky Fitzwilliam’s first female Master?
Fiona McIntosh (Land Economy 1980) competed in four Olympics as a fencer for Great Britain. She was in the second intake of women at Fitzwilliam.
Sharon White (Economics 1985) looks back on her time at Fitzwilliam. Sharon will swap her position as chief executive of communications regulator Ofcom to be executive chairman of the John Lewis Partnership in early 2020.
Krishnaa Pandya (2013) completed a Medical Studies (Preclinical) degree at Fitzwilliam, after self-belief encouraged her to apply to Cambridge.
Beth Rigby (Social & Political Sciences 1994) is Sky News Political Editor. Previously a newspaper journalist for the Financial Times and The Times, Beth has become a key figure in explaining Brexit to the nation. She shares her story.
Kerry Potter (English 1993) is a freelance features journalist. She tells how she swapped Fitzwilliam for music, fashion and the mainstream media.
Judith Bunting (Natural Sciences (Physical) 1979) was in the first intake of female undergraduate students at Fitzwilliam. She is now a Liberal Democrat MEP and is the Fitzwilliam Society President for 2019/20.
Melika Betley (Law 1986) is the Chief Executive Officer for HSBC in Bahrain. Her experience at Fitzwilliam included cleaning bedrooms, working in a pub, and a half-blue for water polo.
Clare Roberts-Garzaniti (Natural Sciences 1988) says 'There is something quite special about Fitz' as she tells of her time here.
Bem Le Hunte (Archaeology & Anthropology 1982) tells us about her nomadic and varied career and why liminality is important in the modern world.
Mary-Clare Miller (Medical Sciences 1993) is a consultant plastic and hand surgeon and was cox of the Cambridge team which won the 1996 Women’s Boat Race.
Liz Makin (Economics 1979) was in the first intake of women at Fitzwilliam. She had some similar and some very different experiences to her daughter, Ellie Davies (Engineering 2010).
Helen Bettinson (History 1982) was an undergraduate at Fitzwilliam and returned to the College to work in the Development office, serving as Development Director until 2016.
Women’s welfare officer for Fitz JCR Alexandra Jarvis (Modern and Medieval Languages 2019) reflects on the inclusive nature of Fitzwilliam College.