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June 15th 2021

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St Hugh’s Alumna, The Rt Hon Baroness Heather Hallett DBE PC chooses her Desert Island Discs

Honorary Fellow and St Hugh’s alumna, The Rt Hon  Baroness Heather Hallett DBE PC (Jurisprudence, 1968), appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs on Sunday 6 June, during which she reflected on her time at St Hugh’s College.

Crossbench peer, Baroness Hallett of Rye, shared her eight tracks, book and luxury she would take with her if cast away to a desert island. During the programme Baroness Hallett described winning a place at St Hugh’s College despite her school refusing to support her application because it thought she was not clever enough. She credits her police officer father and secretary mother with giving her the encouragement to achieve saying, “My parents thought I could do anything a man could do and they were nearly right’.

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The Rt Hon Baroness Heather Hallett was recently profiled by Alumni Association President, Veronica Lowe, (Modern History, 1969), as part of our series of online profiles on pioneering alumnae to mark 100 years of Oxford degrees for women. Please click here to read the profile.


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