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Head of college

A head of college or head of house is the head or senior member of a college within a collegiate university. The title used varies between colleges, including dean, master, president, principal, provost, rector and warden.[1][2]

The role of the head of college varies significantly between colleges of the same university, and even more so between different universities. However, the head of college will often have responsibility for leading the governing body of the college, often acting as a chair of various college committees; for executing the decisions of the governing body through the college's organisational structure, acting as a chief executive; and for representing the college externally, both within the government of the university and further afield often in aid of fund-raising for the college.[3] The nature of the role varies in importance depending on the nature of the central university. At a loosely federated university such as the University of London or the National University of Ireland, where each member institution is self-governing and some hold university status in their own right, the head of each institution has the same level of responsibility as the vice-chancellor of a university. At more centralised universities, the heads of colleges have less power and responsibility.

University governance

Heads of colleges will often participate in the governance of the central university. Mechanisms for this very between university and include:

Terminology

Many different titles are used for heads of colleges. These have also changed with time, in particularly the recent move away from using master by colleges at Durham,[13] Kent (where the position of head of college was abolished),[14] Rice[15] and Yale[16] universities.

Title Parent institution College, member institution, etc.
Chief Executive University of the Highlands and Islands UHI Argyle, UHI Inverness (held jointly with the title of principal in both cases)[17]
University of London Institute of Cancer Research (held jointly with the title of president)[18]
College Magister Rice University All colleges (changed from master in 2017)[15]
Dean University of London London Business School[19]
University of Oxford Christ Church – the Dean of Christ Church, Oxford is dean of both the college and Christ Church Cathedral.[20]
Director University of the Highlands and Islands Scottish Association for Marine Science[17]
University of London Courtauld Institute of Art[21] and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine[22]
Faculty Dean Harvard University All houses[23]
Head University of the Arts London Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon colleges (joint head of all three institutions), the London College of Fashion and the London College of Communication[12]
University of Roehampton Froebel College[24]
Head of College University of the Arts London Central St Martins[12]
Princeton University All colleges[25]
University of Roehampton Digby Stuart College,[26] Whitelands College[27] and Southlands College[28]
Yale University All colleges (changed from master in 2016)[16]
House Professor Dartmouth College All houses[29]
Master University of Cambridge Christ's College, Churchill College, Clare College, Corpus Christi College, Darwin College, Downing College, Emmanuel College, Fitzwilliam College, Gonville and Caius College, Jesus College, Magdalene College, Pembroke College, Peterhouse, St Catharine's College, St Edmund's College, St John's College, Selwyn College, Sidney Sussex College, Trinity College and Trinity Hall
Durham University Hatfield College[30] (Principal until 1919)[31]
University of Oxford Balliol College, Campion Hall, Pembroke College, St Catherine's College, St Cross College, St Peter's College, University College
Mistress University of Cambridge Girton College[32]
President University of Cambridge Clare Hall,[33] Hughes Hall,[34] Lucy Cavendish College,[35] Murray Edwards College,[36] Queens' College[37] and Wolfson College[38]
University of Dublin Trinity College (held jointly with the title of provost)[39]
University of London City,[40] Institute of Cancer Research (held jointly with the title of chief executive),[18] King's College London (held jointly with the title of principal),[41] London School of Economics (held jointly with the title of vice-chancellor),[42] Queen Mary (held jointly with the title of principal),[43] SOAS[44] and University College London (held jointly with the title of provost)[45]
National University of Ireland All constituent universities and recognised colleges
University of Oxford Corpus Christi College, Kellogg College, Magdalen College, Reuben College, St John's College, Trinity College and Wolfson College
Principal University of Cambridge Homerton College[46] and Newnham College[47]
Durham University Collingwood College[48] (changed from master between 1985 and 1989[49][50]), Grey College (changed from Master in April 2023[51][52]), John Snow College,[53] Josephine Butler College,[54] South College,[55] St Aidan's College,[56] St Chad's College,[57] (also has a rector as "titular and religious head of the college"[58]) St Cuthbert's Society,[59] the College of St Hild and St Bede,[60] St John's College,[61] St Mary's College,[62] Stephenson College,[63] Trevelyan College,[64] University College (changed from master in 2020),[13] Ustinov College[65] and Van Mildert College[66] (changed from master between 1985 and 1989[49][50])
University of the Highlands and Islands UHI Argyle, UHI Inverness (held jointly with the title of chief executive in both cases), Highland Theological College, UHI Outer Hebrides, UHI Moray, UHI Shetland, UHI North Highland, Orkney College UHI, UHI Perth, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, UHI West Highland[17]
Lancaster University All colleges[9]
University of London King's College London (held jointly with the title of president),[41] Queen Mary (held jointly with the title of president),[43] the Royal Academy of Music,[67] the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama,[68] Royal Holloway,[69] the Royal Veterinary College[70] and St George's (held jointly with the title of vice-chancellor)[71]
University of Oxford Brasenose College, Green Templeton College, Harris Manchester College, Hertford College, Jesus College, Lady Margaret Hall, Linacre College, Mansfield College, Regent's Park College, St Anne's College, St Edmund Hall, St Hilda's College, St Hugh's College, St Stephen's House, Somerville College and Wycliffe Hall
University of South Wales Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama[72]
University of Toronto Massey College (changed from Master in 2018)
Provost University of California, San Diego All colleges[73]
University of California, Santa Cruz All colleges[74]
University of Cambridge King's College[75]
University of Dublin Trinity College (held jointly with the title of president)[39]
University of London University College London (held jointly with the title of president)[45]
University of Oxford Oriel College, Queen's College and Worcester College
Rector University of Notre Dame All halls[76]
University of Oxford Exeter College and Lincoln College
Regent University of Oxford Blackfriars
Senior College Fellow University of York All Colleges[77]
Vice-chancellor University of London Birkbeck,[78] London School of Economics (held jointly with the title of president)[79] and St George's (held jointly with the title of principal)[71]
Warden University of Cambridge Robinson College[80]
University of London Goldsmiths[81]
University of Oxford All Souls College, Keble College, Merton College, New College, Nuffield College, St Antony's College and Wadham College

In the case of some older colleges whose statutes are in Latin, the titles used in the modern era are English translations of those found in the statutes, e.g. "provost" for praepositus, and "warden" for custos.

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