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Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)UB/STW/1/6
TitleCorrespondence of Senior Tutor to Women Students S-V
Extent1 file
Date1932-1947
Description/1: from Irene E. Scott, 23 Trinity Road, Birmingham to Miss Hammond [The Education Department (Women's Division)]: She has been in touch with Dr Braid and Miss Milne and they have advised her to write to Hammond. She is no longer able to study medicine, for financial reasons, and she now wants to train to become a teacher. Asks about vacancies and whether she can discuss the matter with Hammond, 27 June 1941
/2: memorandum from M. Hammond to Jane Johnston Milne: Asks for the specific reasons why Irene Scott withdrew from her medical studies and asks whether Milne recommends her for teaching, 30 June 1941
/3: from Maria Sepesiova, Prague: She is still in Prague trying to settle her family's affairs and has not been able to travel to Birmingham. She has applied for a visa at the British Consulate but she does not yet have authorisation. Asks whether Milne can supply an official letter from the University to certify that she is a student and has a three year scholarship granted by the International Student Service. She will write again to the Registrar but asks if Milne can also let him know, 20 October 1945
/4: copy of letter on behalf of Jane Johnston Milne to Maria Sepesiova: The Registrar is sending her the certificate she needs and hopes it will help her and that she will soon be able to return to Birmingham, 25 October 1945
/5: copy of statement certifying that Maria Alena Sepesiova is a student at the University of Birmingham, taking a BA Honors Degree course, and that she holds a three year scholarship, granted by the International Student Service, 25 October 1945
/6: copies of letters from Jane Johnston Milne to Iris M. Harris [Advisory and Relief Secretary, International Student Service]; Maria Sepesiova has only recently received the letter concerning her application to the International Student Service, and will send the application as soon as she has been able to collect the necessary paperwork. Milne is writing a recommendation on her behalf. She has been at the University of Birmingham since February and is hoping to study in the Honours School of Russian and is taking preparatory courses for that, 27 April 1944
/7: from Iris M. Harris, Advisory and Relief Secretary, International Student Service, 11D (Lower) Regent Street, London: She has had a letter from Maria Sepesiova explaining the delay in sending information. Asks for this by the middle of the month, so that she can prepare the preliminary statement of candidates for International Student Service assistance for the Committee, 1 May 1944
/8: from Iris M. Harris, Advisory and Relief Secretary, International Student Service, 11D (Lower) Regent Street, London: Thanks Milne for her letter and enclosed information. She now has all the required information to bring Maria Sepesiova's application to the Selection Committee, 3 May 1944
/9: copy of letter from Jane Johnston Milne to [Ernest] Burbridge, [Midland Regional Officer, The British Council]: Explains that Maria Sepesiova is a second year student in the Honour School of Russian and came to Birmingham through the Czech government in 1944 with a free place through the International Student Service and a maintenance grant from her government. There is now a question about the continuation of her maintenance, as her father, who had been a refugee in Britain, had returned to Prague to try to retrieve what he can of their financial situation. Asks for advice, 3 December 1945
/10: copy of letter from Jane Johnston Milne to Miss Johnston [Federation of University Women]: Asks whether the Federation of University Women might be able to help with maintenance for a Czech student, Maria Sepesiova, studying Russian at the University. Explains that she has a free place through the International Student Service but that the payment of her maintenance by the Czech government is no longer certain, 3 December 1945
/11: from Ernest W. Burbridge, Midland Regional Officer, The British Council, Riverside, Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon: Thanks Milne for her letter about Maria Sepesiova (UB/STW/1/6/10). It needs to be referred to the Director of Education in london. He has forwarded her letter with a recommendation in support, 4 December 1945
/12: copy of letter from Jane Johnston Milne to C. G. Burton [University Secretary]: She has had to pay Maria Sepesiova's bill for residence at Westhill. Explains that she is a student who started her university course with a grant from the Czech government which is no longer being paid after 'the government's return to its own country'. The Vice-President of the Guild [of Students] can offer a grant from the Women Students Loan Fund, 14 December 1945
/13: from Kathleen Johnston, Secretary, British Federation of University Women, Ltd, 17A Kings Road, London: Encloses a copy of the letter she has sent to Maria Sepesiova. The Committee is willing to reconsider the matter. The grant is made from the new Occupied Countries Fund, to which the British Association has contributed to generously, 22 January 1946
/14: copy of letter from Kathleen Johnston, Secretary, British Federation of University Women, Ltd to Maria Sepesiova: Her application for financial assistance has been considered by the Federation, and they will make her a grant of £7 10s a month for three months initially. This is on the assumption that she intends and wishes to return to Czechoslovakia when her training is completed. This is because 'the grant will be made from a fund established to further reconstruction work in Europe by assisting the university women of those countries', 22 January 1946
/15: from Hebe Shann, University House, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham: Gives details of her financial situation following her father's retirement from Rugby School at short notice. Asks whether Milne knows of sources for financial assistance, 14 January 1941
/16: handwritten notes made by Milne on Hebe Shann's financial situation, undated [1941]
/17: copy of letter from Jane Johnston Milne to Miss H. Madeley, County Education Offices, 22 Northgate Street, Warwick: Asks whether Hebe Shann should apply to the County for grant to allow her to continue to study medicine, 17 January 1941
/18: from Helen Madeley, Warwickshire County Council, County Education Office, 22 Northgate Street, Warwick: Explains the criteria for awarding county grants to cover fees at the University of Birmingham. She has received a letter from Hebe Shann's father asking whether she would be eligible if he moved out of the county when he retired, 18 January 1941
/19: copy of letter from Jane Johnston Milne to H. Madeley, County Education Offices, 22 Northgate Street, Warwick: Thanks her for her confidential letter concerning Hebe Shann, 21 January 1941
/20: from Mabel France, Secretary, Employment Department, Midland Bureau for Educated Women, New Street Chambers, 67A New Street, Birmingham: She has had an application from Helen Showell who wants to apply to the Loan Fund for £50 in order to take her Teacher's Diploma. She has written to Mr Kinvig and Professor Wills, and asks whether Milne recommends the student, 26 August 1933
/21: handwritten copy of letter from Jane Johnston Milne to Mabel France Comments on Helen Showell's academic abilities and her personality and character, 28 August 1933
/22: copy of letter from Jane Johnston Milne to Chief Education Officer, Education Office, Margaret Street, Birmingham: Asks whether it might be possible to provide financial assistance for Margaret Slack, a former pupil of George Dixon Girls' School, now a first year student in the Faculty of Commerce who is in financial difficulty. Gives details of her family circumstance, 14 February 1946
/23: from A. O'Driscoll, Headmistress, Convent of Our Lady of Compassion, Acocks Green, Birmingham: She has received an application from Eileen Slater for the post of Senior French Mistress. Asks Milne for her opinion of Slater's capabilities and personality, 11 June 1942
/24: copy of letter from Jane Johnston Milne to A. O'Driscoll, Convent of Our Lady of Compassion, Acocks Green, Birmingham: Gives her opinion about Eileen Slater's capabilities and personality, 15 June 1942
/25: from A. O'Driscoll, Headmistress, Covent of Our Lady of Compassion, Acocks Green, Birmingham: She has spoken to Mrs Walker who is unable to help. She still needs a French Mistress for January. Comments on Eileen Slater's reasons for leaving the post. Thanks Milne for her help and interest, 12 December 1943
/26: from A. M. Lunn, Headmistress, County School for Girls, Royal Tunbridge Wells: The school will need an assistant Mathematics mistress for September 1944 and would like someone who is able to help with the sixth form advanced course, both applied and advanced mathematics. Asks whether Milne can recommend a student, 24 December 1943
/27: copy of letter from Jane Johnston Milne to Miss Lunn: Suggests two students for the post, Isobel Smart, a Mathematics graduate who had attended King Edward's High School and has done some teaching practice there, or Winifred Humphrey, who attended the Bede Collegiate School in Sunderland. She has seen Marjorie Webb before she returned to Tunbridge Wells and is glad she is happy in her work at the school, 13 January 1943
/28: from Bettine Smith, 23 Heathlands Crescent, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield: Discusses her ill health and mentions that her specialist has recommended three months by the sea because she would not recover 'in the Midlands air'. She cannot make a decision about return to academic work, but will try to continue her general reading, 29 March 1944
/29: copy of letter from Jane Johnston Milne to Miss Miller, Education Office, Birmingham: Asks whether it would be possible to arrange a meeting with a student in the Faculty of Law, Shirley Southam, who will take her degree in the summer and would like to find work in public service rather than in the practice of law. She is interested in 'the Juvenile Employment and After-Care work of the Education Committee'. Mentions that she is an orphan with little money of her own. Her family is interested in public work and her older sister has been appointed almoner in Belfast, undated [1939]
/30: from M. S. Miller, Organiser, City of Birmingham Education Department, Council House, Margaret Street, Birmingham: She will be pleased to see Shirley Southam and advise her on obtaining a post as a Juvenile Employment Officer, 23 March 1939
/31: copy of letter from Jane Johnston Milne to M. S. Miller, Education Department, Margaret Street, Birmingham: Thanks her for her letter and for agreeing to see Shirley Southam. Confirms the date and time of the meeting, 27 March 1939
/32: from E. E. Wilson, Catering Organiser, C. Kunzle Ltd, Chocolate & Cake Manufacturers, Registered Office and Factory, Five Ways, Birmingham: Informs Milne that Miss Southam, who she recommended, has left her post. Encloses copies of letter received from Mrs Southam and his reply and asks Milne to read through them. The firm is sorry that Miss Southam has left but refers to her attitude towards the job and the organisation, 18 October 1932
/33: copy of letter from Frances M. Southam, 43 Chantry Road, Moseley, Birmingham, to Miss Wilson [C Kunzle Ltd]: Comments on the hours and conditions of work of her daughter's post, and on the firm's views of her performance, 10 October [1932]
/34: copy of letter from E. E. Wilson, Catering Organiser, Kunzle Ltd, to Frances Southam: Gives an account of recent events relating to Miss Southam's working pattern and her decision to leave her post, 11 October [1932]
/35: handwritten copy of letter from Jane Johnston Milne to Miss Wilson [Kunzle Ltd]: She was surprised and disappointed by Miss Southam's decision to leave her post and is sorry this has happened the first time the firm has employed a Birmingham graduate. Hopes it will not prevent her considering any more women graduates who want to be trained in the catering business, 22 October 1932
/36: from Arthur Johnstone, Headmaster, Sibford School Nr Banbury, Oxfordshier: He has received an application from V. L. J. Stables for the post of Resident French Master. The school is governed by the Society of Friends and so the fact that he is a conscientious objector is more of a qualification than a disqualification for the post. Asks for Milne's opinion about Stables and his personality and character, 4 August 1940
/37: from Elizabeth M Gorrie, The Red Gables, Carlisle: She has a vacancy in her private day and boarding school for girls, and asks Milne if she has any students she can recommend for the post which would involve teaching Mathematics up to School Certificate standard with some Science. Gives details of the salary and mentions that they have had a teacher who is a Birmingham graduate in the past, and she would be glad to consider applications from anyone Milne recommends, 13 June 1939
/38: from M. Hammond, The Education Department (Women's Divison), The University, Edmund Street, Birmingham: Thanks Milne for sending details of the vacancy in the private school in Carlisle. Mentions that Miss Sewell would have been suitable, but she has turned it down as she prefers to teach in the Senior Elementary School at Leeds to which she has already been appointed. Miss Steadman is interested in the post and 'has the right personality'. Comments on her abilities at games and her teaching abilities, 19 June 1939
/39: copy of letter from Jane Johnston Milne to Miss Gorrie [The Red Gables, Carlisle]: Suggestss Miss D. E. Steadman as a candidate for the post. She has a Pass Degree in Science including Mathematics, and will have her Diploma in Education shortly. She only has a moderate teaching grade but is keen to teach well and can offer games, 23 June 1939
/40: copy of letter from Jane Johnston Milne to C. G. Burton, University Secretary: Alison Sanders has decided that she is not able to continue with the Intermediate Course she started, due to ill health. She does not have a medical certificate, but she has been recommended to 'take an open-air life'. Hopes he will be able to arrange for a remission of funds already paid, 1 November 1938
/41: from Betty Salt, 60 Upland Road, Selly Park, Birmingham: She is going to apply for a Factory Inspector appointment 'in case these is any very severe trouble round about Gibraltar or the Suez'. It means wasting money if she does decide to go to Singapore but she does not want to miss the opportunity. Asks whether Milne can give her a reference. She also needs a reference from the factory but there are difficulties in getting a reference from Boxfoldia, 24 April 1939
/42: from Betty Salt, 60 Upland Road, Selly Park, Birmingham: She has definitely decided to go to Singapore and is sailing on 29 July so thinks there is no point in taking the Factory Inspection exam. Asks if she can come to see Milne before she leaves Birmingham. She has tried to get the firm she is working for to take Margaret Jones as her replacement, but she thinks she has failed her exams again, undated [1939]
/43: Dental certificate for Joan Sansome from T. R. Cooper, 24 Tonbridge Road, Maidstone, 17 January 1941
/44: memorandum from M. Hammond to Jane Johnston Milne: Encloses a dental certificate for Joan Sansome, 22 January 1941
/45: copy of letter from W. Taylor, Whyteholme, Oadby Hill, Oadby, Nr Leicester to the Registrar, University of Birmingham: Discusses recent examination failure of his daughter, Geraldine Mary Taylor, and her requirement to withdraw from the University. Comments on her previous academic work and difficulties she has experienced due to illness, a change of course from Engineering to Commerce, and unsatisfactory lodgings during her first term. Asks whether it would be possible for the University to reconsider its decision, and attaches a list of her educational qualifications, 2 July 1946
/46: memorandum from Miss Teverson to Jane Johnston Milne: Gives her opinion that Geraldine Mary Taylor's case is worth supporting. She missed Spanish lectures at the start of term and neglected other courses to catch up, undated [1946]
/47: handwritten notes by Milne on Geraldine Mary Taylor's case, undated [1946]
/48: from J. G. Smith, Vice-Principal, Faculty of Commerce and Social Science: He thinks it is probable that they will alter their decision not to let Geraldine Taylor start again in the Faculty of Commerce. He is seeing the Registrar this morning about a reply to a letter from her father, 6 July 1946
/49: from W. Taylor, Whyteholme, Oadby Hill, Oadby, Nr Leicester: His daughter has reported to him after her meeting with Milne about her failure in her examination. He is disappointed about the University's decision to require her to withdraw and hopes that she might be permitted to take her first year again. Thanks Milne for offering to talk to the Registrar on her behalf and for her kindness on a previous occasion when she discussed with her the 'deplorable' lodgings at 125 Middleton Hall Road, 4 July 1946
/50: copy of letter from George Grant, Registrar, to G. Taylor, Whyteholme, Oadby Hill, Oadby, Leicester: He has consulted the Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and he has agreed to allow her to repeat the first year course for the degree of B.Com instead of being required to withdraw from the University, 8 July 1946
/51: copy of letter from Jane Johnston Milne's secretary to Vice-Principal [J. G. Smith], Faculty of Commerce and Social Science: She will tell Milne what has been decided for Geraldine Taylor. The Registrar has sent a copy of the letter addressed to Miss Taylor telling her she is to be allowed to repeat the year, 10 July 1946
/52: copy of letter from Assistant to Senior Woman Tutor [Miss E. F. Cole] to W. Taylor, Whyteholme, Oadby Hill, Oadby, Leicester: Thanks him for his letter. He will have heard from the Dean of the Faculty of Commerce that his daughter is being allowed to repeat the year. She is sure she will do better next year, 10 July 1946
/53: from W. Taylor, Whyteholme, Oadby Hill, Oadby, Nr Leicester: Thanks Milne for her letter, sent on her behalf by Miss E. F. Cole and thanks her for the interest she is shown in his daughter's training. He is relieved to find out from the Registrar that she has permission to repeat her first year, 17 July 1946
/54: from Dorothy M. Tidmas, 44 High Street, Sutton Coldfield: Asks about a possible grant in connection with Lord Kitchener and another for members of the Non-Conformist church. Explains that her financial situation is difficult and she can only continue her course by cycling 10 miles each way eery day. 'With the bad weather, the black-out, and the main road traffic, that is becoming rather a strain'. Asks if there is any chance of financial assistance from these funds. Gives details of her medical course and previous qualification as a nurse. Mentions that her father died in the First World War, 13 November 1941
/55: copy of letter from Jane Johnston Milne to C. G. Burton [University Secretary]: Asks for a grant for £10 from the Women Students Loan Fund for Dorothy Tidmas, to help with maintenance during the coming year. She is a second year student in medicine and is finding it difficult 'since she has no father, and her mother has only a small pension', 24 November 1941
/56: from Mabel France, Secretary, Employment Department, Midland Bureau for Educated Women, New Street Chambers, 67A New Street, Birmingham: She has seen Dorothy Tidmas and has discussed her case. The difficulty in getting her a grant is that she is out of the Birmingham District. She has been in touch with the Graham Street Trust but they are not able to make an exception. She has advised Dorothy Tidmas to apply to trusts in London, 24 November 1941
/57: from Dorothy Tidmas, 44 High Street, Sutton Coldfield: Thanks Milne for the letter and cheque. Hopes that she will be in a position to help the fund one day. She has seen Miss France [Mabel France, Midland Bureau for Educated Women] and she has given her addresses of trusts to write to, 6 December 1941
/58: from Vera Toy, 20 Hillcrest Road, Great Barr, Birmingham: She currently has a post as a teacher in an infant schol but has found out that there will be a temporary post at the Grammar School she attended before going to University and has been advised to apply. Asks whether Milne will provide a reference, 28 October 1941
/59: from Vera Toy, 20 Hill Crest Road, Great Barr, Birmingham: Asks Milne again whether she can provide a reference for the post she is applying for, 8 November 1941
/60: from Lilian M. Turton, 15 Sydenham Villas Road, Cheltenham: Her scholarship is only tenable for three years and she will need to send further information if the committee are to consider extending it. Asks Milne about the possibility of her taking a Diploma in Public Health with either a Pass or Honours degree in Chemistry, or a degree in Industrial Fermentation or Pure Chemistry in order to qualify for a post in a factory laboratory, 29 July [1939]
/61: copy of letter from Jane Johnston Milne to K. S. Innes, County Education Offices, Trowbridge, Wiltshire: Refers to the enquiry about Lilian Turton's work and proposals for the future. She is not yet able to get the information required but will send a report in the next couple of weeks, 3 August 1939
/62: from Lilian M. Turton, 15 Sydenham Villas Road, Cheltenham: Thanks Milne for making enquiries about the Diploma in Public Health. She has received a letter from the Registrar who thinks it should be possible for her to enter the Honours School of Chemistry. She will follow Milne's advice in writing to the Committee, 22 August 1939
/63: from K. S. Innes, Director of Education, Wiltshire County Council General Education Committee, County Education Offices, Stallard Street, Trowbridge: Thanks Milne for the information about Lilian Turton. Her case will be considered by the Commitee at their meeting, 23 August 1939
/64: from Registrar, The University, Edgbaston, Birmingham: He has written to Lilian Turton after the conversation he had with Milne, to let her know she cannot obtain a direct qualification for Public Health work in the University and that her best plan is to take the Honours Chemistry course which will requires three years work, 2 September 1939
/65: from Lilian M. Turton, 19 Holly Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham: Professor Haworth has admitted her to the Honours [Chemistry] School. She does not know what is happening to the other women in her year, apart from Miss Essam who is being given a post in the department, 23 June 1941
/66: from Lilian M. Turton, The Union, Edgbaston, Birmingham: She has been advised by the Appointments Board to apply to the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company Ltd for employment as an assistant chemist. Asks whether Milne will provide a reference for her. Mentions that Miss Alexander has also applied, and that Professor Haworth thinks the posts should be suitable for them if they graduate in June, 25 January 1942
/67: from Sr Marie Therese, Our Lady of Mercy Grammar School, St John's Square, Wolverhampton: Thanks Milne for her letter recommending Miss Turton for the vacancy on the staff at the school, 6 Febuary 1947
/68: copy of letter from Senior Lecturer in French; Evelyn Twist, a student in her first year at the University of Birmingham, would like to go to France for three months in the summer to study the language. Asks that permission is given for her to do so, 8 March 1946
/69: copy of letter form Senior Woman Tutor to Miss Traneker: The University has no grants for postgraduate students who wish to live abroad, unless they are doing research. Thinks that the Federation of University Women will also reserve its scholarships for graduates with a definite plan of research but suggests that she might write to the Secretary, Kathleen Johnston, to enquire about scholarships. She has consulted Dr Manson, Head of the Spanish Department at Birmingham, and he say that the Spanish Government is keen to promote cultural relations between Spain and Britain and provides scholarships for an International University course held in August in Santander. He is writing to make enquiries with one of the organisers, who he knows. He warns that the expenses of travelling to Spain are high, especially for those who want to travel in the country but 'the Spanish themselves give a cordial welcome to English visitors', 17 January 1947
/70: memorandum from George Grant, Registrar to N. A. Macfarlane [Senior Woman Tutor]: A certificate of attendance has been sent to the Ministry of Education to confirm Anne Simpson's application for a Further Education and Training Scheme grant. As there is sometimes a delay at this stage he is writing to the Ministry to seek information about progress, 29 November 1946
/71: handwritten copy of letter from Senior Woman Tutor to George Grant about Anne Simpson, an ex-service student in her final year in the Faculty of Commerce, and her application for a training grant, undated [1946]
/72: typed copy of UB/STW/1/6/71
/73: from Kathleen G. Traneker, 37 Boley Drive, Clacton-on-Sea: Asks Milne for the address of the Federation of Women Students, and details of any other grants given to postgraduates. Explains that she needs £30-£40 to go abroad to Spain. She was a student in 1922 and has a BA in French and was granted an MA in 1927. She has been teaching Spanish for three years but has never been to Spain and thinks she should go to improve her teaching. She cannot afford to go abroad because she has to support her widowed mother and to buy a house for them. Offers to leave a bequest for any sum borrowed or to repay any loan, 15 January 1945
/74: from Muriel Underwood, The University, Edmund Street, Birmingham: Asks to see Milne about her exam results and next year's work, undated [July 1943]
/75: copy of letter from Jane Johnston Milne to Miss Dent, Cambridge Training College, Cambridge: Writes on behalf of Mary Unwin, a student in the Faculty of Science who will graduate with an Honours degree in Zoology. She is from Hobart, Tasmania, where her father is a headmaster, but was born in Britain and wants to teach in the country. She hopes to train as a teacher. 'She belongs, I think, to the Society of Friends; she has been living at Woodbrooke Settlement since she came her'. She would need a Board of Education grant but no additional help. She is recommending her for a place as she knows it is late for her to make an application, 4 March 1938
/76: from Mary D. Unwin, Woodbrooke, Selly Oak, Birmingham: Thanks Milne for allowing her to read Miss Dent's letter. She has written to her and to the Board of Education about her eligibility for a grant and is meeting Miss Dent in London, 21 March 1938
/77: from M. Thomazeauz, 80 rue Villa Pepin, St Servan, Ille & Vilaine: In French. She has two married children and grandchildren and does not have the space for exchange students as lodgers. She had to reply to refuse a place for Olive Baker. Suggests a family in Brittany who take students and gives the address. Comments on the family's character and mentions that their house is near the beach and has a large garden and several bedrooms. Gives details of the charges and the best way to travel there. Wishes Milne a good holiday and new university year. Mentions that she has contact with students from Oslo, 5 August 1938
/78: copy of letter from Jane Johnston Milne to C. G. Burton [University Secretary]: Asks for financial assistance on behalf of Paulette Viennet, a student in the Faculty of Commerce who has a place through the National Union of Students but who has not received an instalment of the scholarship she has been granted by the French government, 14 December 1939
/79: typed copy of statement giving amount in grant received by Paulette Viennet, undated [1939]
NotesOld Reference: UC3/vi/8
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