Lady Hale in an Edge Hill graduation gown after she received her honorary Doctor of Laws in June 2019.

Lady Hale, the first female President of the UK Supreme Court, yesterday (24 September) delivered the announcement that the decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful.

The Yorkshire-born Baroness Hale of Richmond, Brenda Hale, was appointed in the role in the high courts in 2017, and in June this year – 100 years since women could become professional lawyers – received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Edge Hill University.

A daughter to teachers, the former junior lecturer and barrister, said:

“I am proud to be graduating along with all of you from such a new university but one with a long history which has such as a proud history of teaching excellence, of looking after its students, in its student accommodation and safety and this glorious campus on which you’ve been able to have the fun I was talking about after doing all the hard work . And even I can reconcile myself to having robes which echo the suffragette colours of purple, green and white, very appropriate indeed.”

Like the path Lady Hale’s career has paved, Edge Hill has a proud history of motivating and championing women, being the first non-denominational college teacher training college for women in 1885.

In 2019, having had University status for more than 10 years, there are almost 10,000 full-time students, 3,000 part-time students and almost 5,000 full and part-time postgraduate students.