Mary Smyth


Mary came to Lancaster in 1975 when she was appointed to a lectureship at Lancaster University.

She liked Lancaster so much that she stayed, teaching undergraduates and postgraduates, and producing research papers and books in human cognition, memory, and the mechanisms involved in movement and action. She was the first woman professor in a science faculty at Lancaster and after taking on senior management roles she was Dean of Applied Science for 5 years and then Dean of a much larger Faculty of Science and Technology for 10 years.

She was also a college principal, supporting students and working with students and staff outside the academic sphere. She retired fully in 2018 and now lives in Glasson Dock. She is the Treasurer of Citizens Advice North Lancashire.

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