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Prior to this, in the years 1898–1900, The ‘Glamour’ of a ‘Wrangler’ 33 women’s colleges in London and Surrey had been incorporated. The latter comprised Bedford College (established 1849), Westfield (established 1882), Royal Holloway (founded 1879 and opened by Queen Victoria in 1886) and King’s College which had offered a ‘Ladies’ Department’ since 1885. However this expanded University of London still retained its role as an examining body and distinguished between ‘external’ candidates and ‘internal’ ones drawn from its own colleges or schools.

54 Concerns such as these all too often resulted in women’s exclusion from the coaching room of the top coaches who typically ran large and regimented training regimes for their male pupils. Another outcome of coaches’ reluctance to teach women was that it became very difficult to maintain both the quality and continuity of coaching for Girton and Newnham’s mathematicians. 55 The men who lectured and coached the women, unsurprisingly, tended to be supporters of women’s higher education and, often, critics of the Cambridge system too.

Grace was tutored mainly by Arthur Berry of Kings (1862–1929) who served on the Executive Council of Girton College and who, as Secretary of the University Extension Syndicate, moved to allow women lecturers in 1893. 56 Angas Scott attended Cayley’s lectures in the 1880s and he was also instrumental in opening Grace’s eyes to mathematics beyond the tripos by welcoming her, and a fellow student, into his home and taking them to a special lecture he was giving in Cambridge. This was unusual, especially for women.

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