26 Sep 2019

Celebrating 100 years of women engineers at Loughborough

As another academic year commences, 2019 marks 100 years since women began studying engineering at Loughborough.‌

One of the first women engineers, who started in 1919 on the Automotive Engineering course, was Claudia Parsons. She graduated in 1922, having been one of just three women on a course of over 300 men.

Following her degree, Claudia became a highly respected member of the Women’s Engineering Society.

Claudia’s passion for engineering and motors never ceased and she became chauffeur companion and the first woman to circumnavigate the globe by car. She was also an author, writing about her experiences in two books.

In recognition of her work in women’s engineering, the University has recently opened a new Hall of Residence in her name, and also hosts an annual lecture, which aims to raise the profile of women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Welcoming new students through the doors this week, the brand-new Claudia Parsons Hall of residence is the first hall to be named after a woman.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Robert Allison said: “The name of Claudia Parsons is an important one in Loughborough’s history. She challenged the conventions of her time and there can be no doubt that she blazed a trail for women working in engineering today.

“We are delighted to honour her life and career by naming a new hall of residence after her.”

As we celebrate 100 years of women in engineering at Loughborough, you can also look at our Women in Engineering profiles online to find stories of engineering students, alumnae and staff.

Have you got an engineering story to share? Get in touch with the team.