President of Lucy Cavendish College collects her OBE from Buckingham Palace

7 June 2013

We are delighted to announce that at 11am on Friday 7th June Professor Janet Todd, the distinguished academic and President of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, visited Buckingham Palace, London to collect her OBE as a newly-appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

The award is in recognition of her groundbreaking work in the fields of literature and the education of women. However senior her post, Professor Todd has never ceased to be a conscientious, unstinting, and inspirational hands-on teacher and mentor, as her students testify. At the same time, her vision and drive have initiated new and valuable fields of intellectual and creative activity such as the popular MA in Lifewriting at the University of East Anglia and the internationally acclaimed Centre for the Novel at the University of Aberdeen.

In 2008 Professor Todd took on the demanding and multi-faceted task of leadership and development as President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. Lucy Cavendish is unique in Britain: it admits undergraduate and graduate women students who are 21 years of age or older. The ethos behind her groundbreaking scholarship, which has contributed to revaluation of women’s achievements in the past, is embodied at Lucy Cavendish.

Professor Todd says ‘I am committed to challenging stereotypes and enabling remarkable women who come from all walks and are at all stages of life to take degrees at the University of Cambridge’.
Consequently the College’s students excel in some traditionally masculine subjects like Medicine, Engineering, Veterinary Medicine and Law, the top subject areas for undergraduate and graduate students at the College.

Professor Todd has published and contributed to over 40 books, mainly on women's writing, cultural history and the development of fiction. She is also the General Editor of the nine-volume The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen. Dame Jenni Murray added her support to the proposal for Professor Janet Todd to be honoured saying:

‘Her academic history is, I'm sure, well represented, but my plea is on behalf of her commitment to disseminating the results of her research to a wider audience in an accessible manner. She has made frequent appearances on Woman's Hour and is one of our most valued guests’.

Notes to Editors:

Lucy Cavendish is the only female college for women over the age of 21 in the country and the women who attend it have usually made a clear decision to transform their lives in some way.  The College is particularly strong in Medicine and Veterinary Studies, Law, Engineering, and English. Our President, Professor Janet Todd OBE, is an internationally-renowned scholar of early women writers and author of many biographies and critical works.

Contact information:

Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge – Jeanette Ariano, Communications & Marketing Manager, 01223 768426 web:

@LucyCavColl                 /LucyCavCollege

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