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City Professor named as one of University of London’s Leading Women

List of 150 Leading Women part of the University’s 150th anniversary celebrations of the first women admitted to the institution


Professor Julienne Meyer CBE has been named as one of University of London’s Leading Women as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the first women being admitted to the University.

A Professor of Nursing in the School of Health Sciences at City, University of London, Professor Meyer leads research in Care for Older People and is Executive Director of My Home Life Programme (MHL), a UK-wide initiative to promote quality of life for those living, dying, visiting and working in care homes for older people that has recently spread internationally to Australia and Germany.

In 1868, nine women were admitted to the University of London. This was the first time in Britain that women had gained access to university education and this modest event was an immensely significant moment for the University, for women and for society as a whole.

The pioneering work of the University of London, which includes member institutions such as City, regarding women’s education continues. Given the extraordinary reach of the University of London and its member institutions, the federation hopes to generate debate around the issue of gender equality and to actively provide opportunities for the next generation of women.

Throughout 2018 the University is celebrating this 150th anniversary with a series of events and activities.

Professor Meyer said:

“This was a wonderful surprise and deeply rewarding as I get closer to retirement. Throughout my career, I have always been interested in inequalities, which has often placed me working at the margins. Championing the needs of frail older people, especially those living in care homes is not always viewed as high profile work. We are an ageist society, who fear frailty - especially dementia - and end of life; and tend to look down on those who are not working in the NHS. If I have done anything to help address these issues, then I am delighted.”

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