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Joan Dillon Browne
Joan Dillon was born on
From here on, she was politically active throughout her adult life. Initially, she joined the Labour Party but, becoming critical of its addiction to slow change and the fact that she was "only asked to lick envelopes", switched to the Communist Party.
During the 1930s, she could not find a job but she had been awarded a small grant, and spent a term in
Joan Browne was an education pioneer as the founding principal of Coventry College of Education, established in 1948 as part of the post-war emergency training of teachers. She was not only relatively young, at the age of 36 at the time, but the level of seniority she attained was unusual for a woman in this period.
Sometime in the Cold War years, she let her Party membership lapse and rejoined Labour. Though the
She saw her college through a rapid expansion in the 1960s to a merger with the