Janet Collyer

Born: 14th August 1958

Kampala, Uganda

Date of interview: 12th September 2006

Map showing where Janet Collyer came from

Were there many other black people at university?

No, almost as many as there were women engineers, about forty, women engin-, women, maybe in the black communities maybe about forty, forty or fifty, it's not very many, I know that because they did a count. It's one of the things the university did was to count how many sort of African students it had. And it came up with forty. And ... but no there really wasn't any.

The first time I really did experience racism was when I went to work. I was looking for accommodation in Bristol, in a shared house, and I encountered prejudice there, but I didn't in Cambridge.