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The Ruth First Educational Trust supports the Ruth First Scholarship, which enables students from southern Africa to undertake postgraduate study at Durham University.

Events coming up: Ruth First Scholar Seminar on 19 June; Sponsored Walk 15 June.

A mini-exhibition about Ruth First is currently on display in the foyer at St Chad’s College, Durham.


The mural dedicated to Ruth First on the side of Ruth First House in Durham has been restored by the original artist, Lotte Shankland. It was unveiled in March 2022 by Hilary Wainwright, a former colleague of Ruth First at Durham University.

RFET banner by Lotte Shankland

Patrons :

  • Dr Bill Bryson, writer, former Chancellor of Durham University
  • Sir Thomas Allen, opera singer and director, former Chancellor of Durham University
  • Gillian Slovo, writer, daughter of Ruth First and Joe Slovo

Supporting organizations: