Professor Madeleine Atkins CBE, FAcSS

Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, is delighted to announce the election of Professor Madeleine Atkins CBE, FAcSS as its ninth President, from October 2018.

The seven-year appointment will allow Professor Atkins to lead the College in its mission to provide an excellent academic education within the University of Cambridge to talented women over 21 at a time of life that suits them, and to promote and support academically excellent women in their research.

Professor Atkins’s background includes reading Law and History as an undergraduate at Cambridge University (Girton College), teaching in a large comprehensive school in Huntingdon, and completing a PhD and post-doctoral research contracts at the University of Nottingham.

Following various senior positions at Newcastle University, including Pro-Vice-Chancellor, she was Vice-Chancellor of Coventry University between 2004 and 2013. She then joined the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) as its Chief Executive in January 2014 retaining that post until March 2018.

Professor Atkins said:

“I am honoured to have been elected as the next President of Lucy Cavendish College and delighted to be joining its vibrant intellectual community of mature students, Fellows and staff. The College has a unique mission to fulfil – as important today as it was at its founding. I look forward to helping Lucy Cavendish build further on its success in achieving this mission.”