Cambridge University Council

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The Council of the University of Cambridge is its principal executive and policy making body, having responsibility for the administration of the University, for the planning of its work, and for the management of its resources.[1] Since the Regent House is the governing body of the University, however, the Council must report and be accountable to the Regents through a variety of checks and balances. It has the right of reporting to the University, and is obliged to advise the Regent House on matters of general concern to the University. It does both of these by causing notices to be published by authority in the Cambridge University Reporter, the official journal of the University.


Membership of the Council consists of the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor of the University (the office of Chancellor, which is held for life, is mainly ceremonial, while the Vice-Chancellor is de facto the principal academic and administrative officer), nineteen elected members, and four appointed members, as follows:

  • Four Heads of Colleges,
  • Four Professors or Readers
  • eight from the other members of the Regent House
  • three students, of whom at least one is a graduate student
  • four external members

Current constitution[edit]

Position Name Term Ending
Chancellor Lord Sainsbury of Turville, K LIFE
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, W 30 September 2017
Heads of Colleges
Master of St Catherine's Prof. Dame Jean Olwen Thomas, CTH 31 December 2014
Master of Christ's Prof. Francis Patrick Kelly CBE, CHR 31 December 2014
Warden of Robinson Prof. Anthony David Yates, R 31 December 2016
Master of Jesus Prof. Ian Hugh White, JE 31 December 2016
Professors or Readers
Professor of Mathematical Physics (2013) Prof. Anne-Christine Davis, K 31 December 2016
Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry (2009) Prof. Nicholas John Gay, CHR 31 December 2014
Professor of Computer Technology (1997) Prof. Andrew Hopper, CC 31 December 2014
Professor of Nephrology (2005) Prof. Fiona Eve Karet 31 December 2016
Other members of Regent House
Dr Nick Bampos, TH 31 December 2014
Rev'd Jeremy Lloyd Caddick, EM 31 December 2016
Dr Stephen John Cowley, SE 31 December 2014
Mr Ian Mark Le Mercier Du Quesnay, N 31 December 2014
Dr David Arthur Good, K 31 December 2016
Dr Rebecca Julie Lingwood, HO 31 December 2016
Dr Susan Marian Oosthuizen, W 31 December 2014
Dr Rachael Padman, N 31 December 2016
Three student members
(also elected CUSU President 2014-15) Ms Helen Hoogewerf-McComb, N 30 June 2015
Mr Richard Jones, JN 30 June 2015
(also elected Graduate Union President 2014-15) Ms Evianne Van Gijn, CLH 30 June 2015
Four external members
Mr Mark Lewisohn, CHR 31 December 2014
Deputy Chairman of the Council Dame Mavis McDonald 31 December 2016
Prof. Dame Shirley Pearce 31 December 2016
Mr John Shakeshaft, T 31 December 2014

External Members[edit]

From January 2005, the membership of the Council included two external members.[2] The Regent House voted for an increase from two to four in the number of external members in March 2008,[3][4] and this was approved by Her Majesty the Queen in July 2008.[5]


The Council must meet at least twice per term.


  1. ^ Statute A, IV: Statutes and Ordinances of the University of Cambridge
  2. ^ Reporter 15/12/04: Annual Report of the Council for 2003-04
  3. ^ Grace 2 of 5 December 2008
  4. ^ Acta in the Reporter, No 6107, publishing Results of Ballot
  5. ^ Reporter 23/07/08, Statutes approved: Notice

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