Glenys Mary Pritchard Wortley, known in childhood as Didi, was born in 1916. She was the only child of Harry Almond Saville Wortley (1885-1947) and his wife Grace Pritchard (1889-1947). Harry Wortley worked as Education Officer in Winchester after the First World War, then from 1919 to 1923 was head of the teacher training department at University College Exeter. In 1923 he was appointed as Professor of Education at University College, Nottingham, a post which brought with it the wardenship of Mapperley Hall, a hall of residence for male teaching students. Wortley was promoted to Principal of the College in 1935, and served until his death on 21 February 1947. During the Second World War he served as Deputy Regional Commissioner for the North Midland Region. One of his principal ambitions was to see the College gain full University status. The work Wortley had done ensured that this happened a year after his death. His wife Grace died twelve days after her husband, on 5 March 1947.
Glenys Wortley was brought up from the age of 7 at Mapperley Hall. She was educated at St Hugh's College, Oxford, from 1936-1939, obtaining a degree in Modern History. At the outbreak of the Second World War, she joined the Regional Office of the Ministry of Information, and then was transferred to the Ministry of Labour. By 1947 she was working at the Ministry of Health. She joined the staff of the University of Nottingham as an executive assistant in the Registrar's Department, and became Deputy Registrar in 1976. She received an honorary doctorate from the University in 1981, and died, aged 90, in 2006.