Sophia Jex-Blake was determined to seek medical training in the UK and due to Scotland’s already enlightened attitudes towards education, felt that if any university would allow women to study it would be a Scottish one.
She applied to study medicine at the University of Edinburgh in March 1869 and although the Medical Faculty and the Senatus Academus voted in favour of allowing her to study medicine, the University Court rejected her application on the grounds that the University could not make the necessary arrangements ‘in the interest of one lady’.
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