WOMAN’S Hour presenter Dame Jenni Murray pulled out of an Oxford University talk after concerns were raised her presence would ‘compromise the welfare’ of transgender students.

The BBC broadcaster was due to speak tomorrow at an Oxford History Society event, as part of its ‘Powerful British Women in History’ series.

She will no longer be attending due to ‘personal reasons’.

It is understood that three student groups wrote a letter urging organisers to cancel the event, claiming the presenter’s views ‘cause tangible harm to vulnerable members of our society’.

The broadcaster upset transgender rights activists last year when she argued in an article there were significant differences between women and men who identify as female.

She criticised discrimination of transgender people but refused to accept that transwomen were women because they have lived as men.

The LGBTQ+ campaign and Women’s Campaign, both run by Oxford University Student Union, and the LGBTQ Society, said the broadcaster’s invitation should be revoked.

They said in a letter Dame Jenni’s views ‘reflected a lack of engagement with the vast majority of actual trans people’.

The broadcaster has not yet commented.

Previous speakers at the Oxford History Society include Peter Frankopan, the author of bestseller The Silk Roads: A New History of the World; BBC presenter Dan Snow, and Lissant Bolton, the Keeper for the British Museum’s Africa, Oceania and Americas Department.