Jackie Ashley to stand down as President of Lucy Cavendish College

28 March 2018

With great regret we announce that our 8th President Jackie Ashley will stand down as President of Lucy Cavendish College at the end of July 2018.

This is due to competing commitments outside Cambridge.

Jackie Ashley said:

“At this crucial time in the College’s development, I feel it is essential to have a President who can give 100 percent of her time and energy to the College. I remain deeply committed to Lucy Cavendish College and will continue to do whatever I can to support our fabulous institution in my new role as Honorary Fellow of the College.”

Jackie Ashley joined the College in 2015 and has overseen a period of huge growth and change for the College, including celebrating its 50 year anniversary and its best result on record in the 2017 Tompkins Table (up 11 places and now top of the mature and women’s colleges). Jackie has led many initiatives to raise the profile of the College, including conferences such as ‘Where are the Women?’, panel discussions on feminism, politics and technology and media coverage on the BBC’s One Show, BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour and in the national press.

As President, she has also offered enthusiastic support of non-academic achievements including cheering on students in their victories on the rugby pitch and the river. She has also welcomed many new supporters to the College during her tenure, including Honorary Fellows Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, Professor Jane Clarke, Ali Smith CBE, Sarah Sands and Martina Navratilova.

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