Graduation 2017/1917: Marvellous MAs

This afternoon, students from the School of Social & Political Sciences will be receiving their MAs. To celebrate, we are looking at two notable MA graduates from 100 years ago who went on to achieve fantastic things after graduating from the University. We’re sure that the graduates of 2017 will too!

Anne McAllister


Anne Hutchison McAllister  was a graduate of the University who became a Principal Lecturer at Jordanhill College of Education and a leading speech therapist.

After graduating MA in 1917, McAllister trained as a teacher at Stow College and was appointed Lecturer in Phonetics there in 1919, and subsequently at the teacher training college at Jordanhill. She established the Glasgow School of Speech Therapy in 1935 (she was Director until 1964) and in 1936 started a speech clinic at the dispensary at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, for children who had undergone operations for cleft palates and hare lips. She was one of the founders of the College of Speech Therapists in London in 1945.

McAllister was awarded an OBE in 1954.

Thomas Walter Manson


Thomas Walter Manson was a biblical scholar born on the 22nd July 1893 in Tynemouth, Northumberland.  He graduated from the University MA in 1916, DLitt in 1932 and DD in 1937. He was the son Thomas Francis, a schoolmaster. He received his early education at Tynemouth High school, and first matriculated at the University in 1912 to prepare himself for the Presbyterian ministry.

Like many students of this time, his MA was interrupted by the outbreak of war. During this time he served as an officer in the Royal Field Artillery. His Roll of Honour Entry is viewable here.

After the war Manson went to study for a course for the ministry at Westminster College, Cambridge where he was later ordained in 1925. He also became a member of Christ’s College and obtained a First Class in the Oriental Languages Tripos in 1923. In 1932 he was appointed Yates Professor of New Testament Greek and Exegesis at Mansfield College, Oxford, resigning in 1936 to take up the post of Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis in the University of Manchester, a position which he held until his death in 1958.

He is best known for authoring the textbook The Teaching of Jesus (1931).

Don’t forget to check out the 1917 graduates on the University Story website, and stay tuned for further posts throughout the week!

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