Kathleen McColgan, born in 1914, was a student at Ruskin from 1936. While still at Ruskin, she joined the London University Ambulance Unit. She was previously secretary to the Liberal MP Wilfred Roberts, who, like Kathleen, was involved in the National Joint Committee for Spanish Relief.
In 1937, at the same time as fellow Ruskin student Jim Brewer, Kathleen went to Spain to offer general relief work in the on-going Spanish Civil War against the fascists. She spent time in Almeria, Murcia and Valencia, providing aid and setting up feeding stations for refugees, before returning from Spain in the Spring of 1938.
Following her return she still fought for Spanish aid, making many public speeches at the National Joint Committee for Spanish Relief. She would later go on to work as a journalist for a number of newspapers, notably the London Evening Standard. She passed away in March 1971, at the age of 57.