Professor Dame Madeleine Atkins 

Position in College:

President of Lucy Cavendish College



Degrees and Honours


B.A Law and History (Girton College), Cambridge

PGCE University of Oxford

Ph.D. University of Nottingham.

Membership of Professional Bodies / Associations:

Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Companion of the Institute of Management

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts


Madeleine became the 9th President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge University, on 1st October 2018. Following various senior positions at Newcastle University, including Pro-Vice-Chancellor, she was Vice-Chancellor of Coventry University between 2004 and 2013. Madeleine then joined the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) as its Chief Executive in January 2014, retaining that post until March 2018.