William Ross Murray from Fearn in the Scottish Highlands, moved to London after graduating to work in student welfare. He wrote to Nora Milnes that he was  “fighting colour prejudice in London” by helping black students to find employment.

Jessie Hood from Edinburgh, former head girl at Mary Erskine School, was appointed Colonial Liaison Officer in Bristol at the age of 23. She supported Jamaican immigrants and one of her  initiatives was to have local women teach Jamaican women to knit, bringing them together and providing much needed warmer clothes at the same time. She alerted the authorities to growing discrimination where jobs were concerned, which culminated in the Bristol Bus Boycott of the early 1960s.

Dr Alexina McWhinnie campaigned throughout her career for the rights of adopted and donor conceived persons for which she was awarded an MBE in 2010 [picture: The Times].