Professor Pallot's portrait in situ (far left), in Christ Church College's Hall.

Professor Pallot's portrait in situ (far left), in Christ Church College's Hall.

When Professor Judith Pallot first joined the University of Oxford in 1979 she was the first female Official Student of Geography at Christ Church College. Now, marking the end of her 38-year academic career at Oxford, Professor Judith Pallot achieves another first; becoming the first female Fellow to feature on the walls of Christ Church's Hall.

The painting by artist Jason Sulivan hangs alongside Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Cardinal Wolsey, John Locke, William Gladstone and Elizabeth II. At the grand unveiling of her portrait, Professor Judith Pallot said that she hoped it to be part of a process of wider diversification of portraiture at Oxford.

The portrait honours Professor Pallot's work developing teaching and research in Soviet and Russian geography, at the School of Geography and the Environment over the last four decades.

Despite her retirement from teaching, Emeritus Professor Judith Pallot will continue to research and publish on Russia. In addition, she will continue her supervision of DPhil graduates at the School of Geography and the Environment. She is also president of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies.