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List of vice-chancellors of the University of Cambridge

The 345th vice-chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, in academic dress, after conferring degrees at the Senate House in July 2014

The vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge (formally known as The Right Worshipful the Vice-Chancellor)[1] is the main administrative and academic officer of the university, and is elected by the Regent House for a term of up to seven years.[2] Since July 2023, the vice-chancellor has been Deborah Prentice.

Prior to 1992, the position was part-time, the post-holder having other college and faculty duties. In fact, between 1587 and 1992 all holders were concurrently Masters of one of the university's colleges. Until the late nineteenth century, the term was generally one year, though this was extended to two years until the post became full-time in 1992.

Since 2003, the vice-chancellor has been assisted by five pro-vice-chancellors.[3][4] For the year 2007–08, Alison Richard was paid "£227,000 in salary and perks."[5] In 2017–18, Vice-Chancellor Stephen Toope earned a basic salary of £431,000, a significant increase from his predecessor's salary of £343,000.[6]


15th century

  • 1412 Thomas Ashwell
  • 1417 Henry Stockton
  • 1418 Nicholas de Swaffham
  • 1454 Nicholas Gay
  • 1457 William Millington
  • 1463 John Roclyffe
  • 1465 Thomas Stoyle
  • 1467 William Uttyng
  • 1468 William Smyth
  • 1470 Edmund Conisborough
  • 1472 Thomas Stoyle
  • 1475 William Towne
  • 1485 Thomas Tuppin
  • 1487 John Riplingham
  • 1489 John Camberton
  • 1493 William Rawson
  • 1494 William Stockdale
  • 1495 John Dolman (or Dowman)
  • 1496 Henry Rudd
  • 1497 John Smith
  • 1499 John Smith
  • 1500 Henry Babington

16th century

17th century

18th century

19th century

20th century

Full-time vice-chancellors

See also


  1. ^ "Professions". Debrett's.
  2. ^ "Cambridge begins its search for a new Vice-Chancellor". University of Cambridge. 23 April 2009. Retrieved 23 April 2009.
  3. ^ University of Cambridge: Pro-Vice-Chancellors (accessed 6 January 2009)
  4. ^ University of Cambridge: News and Events: New Pro-Vice-Chancellor appointed (16 June 2003) (accessed 6 January 2009)
  5. ^ Sugden, Joanna (19 March 2009). "Campus fury at vice-chancellors' windfalls". The Times. Retrieved 19 March 2009.
  6. ^ Killeen, Molly (15 February 2019). "Toope second-highest paid vice-chancellor in the UK". Varsity. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  7. ^ "New Vice-Chancellor for Cambridge". University of Cambridge. Archived from the original on 3 October 2010. Retrieved 6 October 2010.
  8. ^ "Professor Stephen Toope appointed as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge". University of Cambridge. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  9. ^ "University of Cambridge appoints new Acting Vice-Chancellor". News. University of Cambridge. 24 May 2022. Retrieved 4 October 2022.
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List of vice-chancellors of the University of Cambridge
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