Frances Melville

Frances Helen Melville (1873-1935) was a suffragist and lifelong campaigner for women’s education. Melville graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1897 with a first-class Master of Arts in Philosophy. She was employed there as a tutor for three years before working as a lecturer at Cheltenham Ladies’ College. Following this, she moved to St Andrews to become the second warden of University Hall. Melville was the first woman to attain a Bachelor of Divinity in Scotland in 1910. Melville was awarded The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1935, recognising her work on increasing access to higher education for women and remains an inspiration to many.

Career in Academia

Melville stayed on as a tutor for 3 years before working as a lecturer at Cheltenham Ladies’ College. Following this, she moved to St Andrews to become the second warden of University Hall. She was the first woman to attain a Bachelor of Divinity in Scotland in 1910. She became mistress of Queen Margaret College, where she served from 1909 until its closure in 1935. Melville was awarded The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1935, which was an honouring to her work on increasing access to higher education for women.