Lady Dervorguilla Seminars

The Balliol MCR is delighted to invite you to our annual seminar series, featuring research presentations from some of Oxford's leading female academics. The series aims to promote widespread engagement with the interesting research being done by women, and encourage reflection on equal opportunities and diversity in academia. The seminars are open to all members of the University of any gender.

The series originated as part of the events celebrating 30 years of women at Balliol College. Lady Dervorguilla was the 'original Balliol woman' and wife of John Balliol, founder of the College, which dates from 1263. It was she who gave Balliol its first Statutes in 1282. Seven centuries later, her legacy finally benefited women equally with men as female undergraduates were admitted for the first time in 1979. The seminar series bears her name as a reflection of the impact that women have had and continue to have in the academic world.

All seminars take place in the Balliol MCR in Holywell Manor, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UH. Attendance is free. For more information, please contact the Balliol MCR Women's Officer.

To find out more about Lady Dervorguilla, please feel free to visit the Balliol archives:

Michaelmas Term 2016

8pm on Thursday 24 November in the Balliol College MCR, Holywell Manor

Emeritus Professor Linda Scott: 'This Will Change Everything: The Sweeping Impact of Women's Economic Empowerment'

During the past ten years, the discovery of a pattern of exclusion among women, worldwide, from fair participation in economic life has revolutionised the approach of development experts to the eradication of poverty in developing countries. Not only will reversing this exclusion generate more growth, but a number of significant human scourges will be substantially lessened just by embracing women as equal economic participants. But what of developed societies? Have they really solved their gender problems? Or are there world-changing lessons there, too?

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Hilary Term 2017

8pm on Thursday 23 February in the Balliol College MCR, Holywell Manor

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell: 'Careering through astronomy'

The best and the worst stories from 50 years of being a woman in science in the UK; how we've changed and how we compare with other countries.

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Trinity Term 2017

Thursday 25 May in the Balliol College MCR, Holywell Manor

Professor Emma Rothschild

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