Celebrating Inspiring Women

Celebrating Inspiring Women

Find out about the outstanding achievements of five women graduates and staff from the University through the years by viewing a special exhibition available now in the Fraser Noble Building foyer.

The University has developed an exhibition which documents how five women graduates and colleagues have reached the very highest levels of professional and personal accomplishments.  The women featured are:

Mary Esslemont graduated from the University in Medicine in 1923.  She became the first woman assessor on the University Court in 1947.  A passion for humanitarian work led to her travelling across the world with the world Medical Association.  She was also a General Practitioner in Aberdeen and she was awarded the Freedom of the City in 1981 for her support and commitment to local causes. In 1954 she received an honorary LL.D. from the University of Aberdeen and in 1955 was awarded a C.B.E.

Professor Lesley Anne GloverCBE FRSE FASM is a Scottish biologist. She is Professor of Molecular biology and Cell biology at the University of Aberdeen and Chief Scientific Adviser to the President, European Commission.

Karen Darke holds a PhD in Geography and an honorary degree from the University of Aberdeen. It was while studying that her life changed forever when she fell from a cliff in a climbing accident, leaving her paralysed from the chest down.  As an athlete with the British Cycling Team and Silver Medallist in the 2012 Paralympics, with her sights now set on the 2016 Paralympics, Karen finds much of her inspiration through sport and outdoor adventure.

Myra Mackenzie became Aberdeen’s first female graduate in medicine in 1900. She went on to have a successful and prominent medical career, with appointments such as Resident Physician and Surgeon at the Aberdeen Royal Hospital for Sick Children and later as School Medical Inspector for the County of Staffordshire.

Professor Neva Haites is the first female Vice Principal to have been appointed in the history of the University. She became Vice Principal for Development and Equality & Diversity in September 2011, having previously been Head of the College of Life Sciences and Medicine.

Neva’s passion for and commitment to the principles of equality and diversity enable her to make a valuable contribution to the life and work of the University across a range of areas.

For further information please contact Janine Chalmers, Equality and Diversity Adviser, on telephone 01224 273883 or e-mail janine.chalmers@abdn.ac.uk