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Murray Edwards College
Fountain Court in July 2019
Fountain Court in July 2019
Arms of Murray Edwards College
University University of Cambridge
Location Huntingdon Road, Cambridge (map)
Full name Murray Edwards College, founded as New Hall, in the University of Cambridge
Abbreviation MUR
Established 1954
Named after
  • Rosemary Murray
  • Ros (Smith) and Steve Edwards
Gender Women
Sister college St Anne's College, Oxford
President Dorothy Byrne
Undergraduates 360
Postgraduates 132
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Murray Edwards College is a women-only constituent college of the University of Cambridge. It was founded in 1954 as New Hall. In 2008, following a donation of £30 million by alumna Ros Edwards and her husband Steve, it was renamed Murray Edwards College, honouring its first President, Rosemary Murray and the donors.

Notable alumnae

  • Manel Abeysekera, diplomat
  • Baroness Haleh Afshar, professor in politics and women's studies at the University of York
  • Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, astrophysicist who discovered the first four pulsars
  • Helen Cooper, literary scholar
  • Sarah Coakley, theologian and philosopher
  • Liv Garfield, chief executive of Severn Trent Water and youngest female CEO of a FTSE 100 company.
  • Amika George, activist and founder of the #FreePeriods campaign against period poverty
  • Roma Gill, academic and literary scholar
  • Jane Heal, philosopher, Emeritus Professor
  • Angela Hobbs, philosopher, and Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield
  • Mishal Husain, newsreader for BBC News
  • Julia King, engineer and former Vice-Chancellor, University of Aston
  • Clare Lawrence, actress
  • Helen Macdonald, prize-winning author of H is for Hawk
  • Joanna MacGregor, concert pianist, conductor, and composer
  • Philippa Marrack, immunologist known for her T cell research
  • Hattie Morahan, actress
  • Elizabeth Norton, writer and historian
  • Maggie O'Farrell, winner of the 2020 Women's prize for fiction.
  • Sue Perkins, comedian
  • Dame Jessica Rawson, art historian, former Warden of Merton College, Oxford
  • Josie Rourke, artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse and film director
  • Susan Sherratt, archaeologist
  • Elizabeth Slater, Professor of Archaeology at the University of Liverpool
  • Dame Barbara Stocking, Director of Oxfam, former president of the college (elected in 2013)
  • Tilda Swinton, Academy Award-winning actress
  • Carina Tyrrell, British-Swiss public health physician and former Miss United Kingdom of Miss World
  • Frances Vernon, novelist
  • Nicola Walker, actress
  • Claudia Winkleman, TV presenter and journalist
  • Vicki Young, Chief Political Correspondent of BBC News

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