Mary Beard

(45 Posts)
viques Fri 14-May-21 09:52:58

I know this isn’t the right board for posting this, but I am posting it anyway because I know she is a bit of a hero here and deservedly so.

Dame, Dr, Professor (so many hard earned titles it’s hard to choose!) Mary Beard is retiring soon, and as a farewell retirement gift to herself she has gifted £80000 to fund a couple of students from deprived backgrounds to support their studies.

Always knew she was a star and an inspiration, now turns out she is kind , generous and practical as well.

flowers for her.

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ArcheryAnnie Fri 14-May-21 10:07:26

That's fantastic! And will make a massive, massive difference to the student who will benefit from it.

I presume the "retirement" is from formal academia, and she will continue to do whatever the hell she likes, which I fervently hope includes talking and writing about the Roman world, but only when it pleases her to do so!

Happy retirement, Mary. flowers

GreyhoundG1rl Fri 14-May-21 10:09:38

Fabulous, fabulous woman.

persistentwoman Fri 14-May-21 10:13:11

What a wonderful thing to do. Fantastic woman.

ArabellaScott Fri 14-May-21 10:13:28

That's brilliant. flowers

HecatesCatsInFancyHats Fri 14-May-21 10:16:21

Adore her thanks

MedusasBadHairDay Fri 14-May-21 10:19:01

She's wonderful flowers


LostToucan Fri 14-May-21 10:28:17

Cambridge academics have to retire at age 67, but they can take up other roles, for instance Jane Clarkeis now President of Wolfson College, Cambridge.

ErrolTheDragon Fri 14-May-21 10:32:12

Good for her!
Cambridge academics a defined retirement age - they voted for it, to allow younger people to take up posts. They often carry on working in other ways but liberate their Cambridge professorships, I believe. (I didn't quite realise this till listening to Jane Clarke on The Life Scientific, which if you've not heard I recommend)

SunsetBeetch Fri 14-May-21 10:53:54

Ah, brilliant woman!

ArcheryAnnie Fri 14-May-21 10:55:21

Oh, and you are right about the "practical", too. Practicality is so underrated, but it's the thing that makes a difference, in the end!

PoTheDog Fri 14-May-21 10:55:39

My ultimate woman crush. I absolutely love her!

unwashedanddazed Fri 14-May-21 11:02:16

She's great isn't she? Lovely woman.

SpongeBobJudgeyPants Fri 14-May-21 11:05:10

I luffs her. Restores your faith, doesn't it.

Aroundtheworldin80moves Fri 14-May-21 11:05:14

I love she's named the awards after a woman that inspired her, not herself.

I hope the two chosen students do well in their careers.

LizJamIsFab Fri 14-May-21 11:05:39

What a good thing to do.

Gothichouse40 Fri 14-May-21 11:06:57

Thats just lovely. What a really kind and generous gesture.

Clymene Fri 14-May-21 11:14:48

What an excellent retirement present. And totally agree that practical is a much underrated virtue

EsmesRedPetticoat Fri 14-May-21 11:18:42

I saw this earlier and shared it on faceache. What a fantastic gift. She is a real inspiration to me.

Gasp0deTheW0nderD0g Fri 14-May-21 11:35:21

Wonderful gesture, marvellous woman.

TedImgoingmad Fri 14-May-21 11:48:46

DMB is so wonderful, that she is not even naming her scholarship after herself, but after one of her classics tutors, Joyce Reynolds. She said her former tutor at Cambridge, now aged 102, had been a "fantastic fighter for the rights of women in what was then a very male subject".

SingingSands Fri 14-May-21 11:49:05

Good on her!

teawamutu Fri 14-May-21 12:24:34

I didn't need another reason to love her... But here is one.

Jux Sat 15-May-21 01:13:49

Oh my word, what a wonder that woman is!

BrandineDelRoy Sat 15-May-21 01:58:53


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