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No 6557

Wednesday 24 July 2019

Vol cxlix No 39

pp. 836–880

Notices by the General Board

Senior Academic Promotions, 1 October 2019 exercise: Appointments and titles (p. 844)

In its Report, dated 5 June 2019, on Senior Academic Promotions (Reporter, 6551, 2018–19, p. 686), the General Board recommended the establishment of 43 Professorships and 46 Readerships.1 In Paragraph 5 it was stated that the Board would announce the titles at a later date after consultation with the individuals concerned. The recommendations of the Report were approved by Grace 2 of 10 July 2019. The following list of appointments includes the titles that have been agreed.


With effect from 1 October 2019

School of Arts and Humanities

Dr Caroline Vout, CHR, appointed Professor of Classics

Dr Raphael Lyne, MUR, appointed Professor of Renaissance Literature

Dr Helena Sanson, CL, appointed Professor of Italian, History of Linguistics, and Women's Studies

School of the Biological Sciences

Dr Uta Paszkowski, JN, appointed Professor of Plant Molecular Genetics

Dr Jonathan Simons, EM, appointed Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Dr Mark Holmes, CHU, appointed Professor of Microbial Genomics and Veterinary Science

Dr Elizabeth Murchison appointed Professor of Comparative Oncology and Genetics

School of Clinical Medicine

Dr Edmund Kunji, TH, appointed Professor of Biophysics

Dr George Vassiliou appointed Professor of Haematological Medicine

Dr Menna Clatworthy, PEM, appointed Professor of Translational Immunology

Dr Anthony Davenport, CTH, appointed Professor of Cardiovascular Pharmacology

Dr Jason Carroll, CL, appointed Professor of Molecular Oncology

Dr Masashi Narita appointed Professor of Senobiology

Dr Daniela De Angelis appointed Professor of Statistical Science for Health

Dr Martin White appointed Professor of Population Health Research

School of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr Catherine Burke appointed Professor of History of Education

Dr Nidhi Singal, HH, appointed Professor of Disability and Inclusive Education

Dr Andreas Stylianides, HH, appointed Professor of Mathematics Education

Dr Annabel Brett, CAI, appointed Professor of Political Thought and History

Dr Peter Sarris, T, appointed Professor of Late Antique, Medieval and Byzantine Studies

Dr Sujit Sivasundaram, CAI, appointed Professor of World History

Dr Paul Warde, PEM, appointed Professor of Environmental History

Dr David Sneath, CC, appointed Professor of Social Anthropology

Dr Duncan Bell, CHR, appointed Professor of Political Thought and International Relations

Dr Judith Browne, K, appointed Professor of Politics and Public Policy

Dr Albertina Albors-Llorens, JN, appointed Professor of European Union Law

Dr Jens Scherpe, CAI, appointed Professor of Comparative Law

Dr Benjamin Crewe appointed Professor of Penology and Criminal Justice

School of the Physical Sciences

Dr Marie Edmonds, Q, appointed Professor of Volcanology and Petrology

Dr Jason Miller, T, appointed Professor of Probability

Dr Vasily Belokurov appointed Professor of Astronomy

Dr Caterina Ducati, T, appointed Professor of Nanomaterials

Dr Jason Robinson, JN, appointed Professor of Materials Physics

Dr Erika Eiser, SID, appointed Professor of Soft Matter Physics

Dr Austen Lamacraft, JN, appointed Professor of Theoretical Physics

School of Technology

Dr Ahmed Khwaja appointed Professor of Marketing, Business and Public Enterprise

Dr Wah Mak appointed Professor of Marketing and Decision Sciences

Dr Alastair Beresford, Q, appointed Professor of Computer Security

Dr Paula Buttery, CAI, appointed Professor of Language and Machine Learning

Dr Mateja Jamnik appointed Professor of Artificial Intelligence

Dr Andrew Moore, CC, appointed Professor of Networked Systems

Dr Per Ola Kristensson, T, appointed Professor of Interactive Systems Engineering

Dr Sebastian Savory, CHU, appointed Professor of Optical Fibre Communication


With effect from 1 October 2019

School of Arts and Humanities

Dr Emily So, M, appointed Reader in Architectural Engineering

Dr Michael Rand appointed Reader in Hebrew and Aramaic

Dr Philip Connell, SE, appointed Reader in Literature and History

Dr Michael Hurley, CTH, appointed Reader in Literature and Theology

Dr Maria Conde, JE, appointed Reader in Brazilian Studies and Visual Culture

School of the Biological Sciences

Dr Louise Boyle, ED, appointed Reader in Molecular Immunology

Dr Ewan Smith, CC, appointed Reader in Nociception

Dr Andrew Tanentzap, PET, appointed Reader in Global Change Ecology

Dr David Belin, HO, appointed Reader in Behavioural Neuroscience

Dr Cinzia Cantacessi appointed Reader in Parasite Infection Biology

School of Clinical Medicine

Dr Evan Reid, ED, appointed Reader in Neurogenetics and Molecular Neurobiology

Dr Mark Evans appointed Reader in Diabetic Medicine

Dr Sanjay Sinha appointed Reader in Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine

Dr Angela Wood, DAR, appointed Reader in Health Data Science

School of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr Chrysi Giannitsarou, K, appointed Reader in Macroeconomics and Finance

Dr Donald Robertson, PEM, appointed Reader in Econometrics

Dr Shawn Bullock, EM, appointed Reader in the History of Science, Technology and Education

Dr Yongcan Liu, DOW, appointed Reader in Applied Linguistics and Languages Education

Dr Amy Erickson, R, appointed Reader in Feminist History

Dr Renaud Morieux, JE, appointed Reader in British and European History

Dr Adam Branch, TH, appointed Reader in International Politics

Dr Jonathan Morgan, CC, appointed Reader in English Law

Dr Sarah Nouwen, PEM, appointed Reader in International Law

Dr Stephen Watterson, TH, appointed Reader in Private Law

Dr Daniel Margocsy, appointed Reader in History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Dr Richard Staley, CAI, appointed Reader in History and Philosophy of Science

Dr Jacob Stegenga, HH, appointed Reader in Philosophy of Science

School of the Physical Sciences

Dr Luke Skinner, M, appointed Reader in Earth System Science

Dr Ian Willis, CTH, appointed Reader in Glaciology

Dr Rajen Shah appointed Reader in Statistics

Dr Perla Sousi, EM, appointed Reader in Probability

Dr Peter Varju appointed Reader in Pure Mathematics

Dr Rachel Evans, JE, appointed Reader in Materials Chemistry

Dr Alexander Archibald, EM, appointed Reader in Atmospheric Chemistry

Dr Goncalo Lopes Bernardes, TH, appointed Reader in Chemical Biology

School of Technology

Dr Christos Genakos, F, appointed Reader in Economics and Policy

Dr Hatice Gunes Smith, TH, appointed Reader in Affective Intelligence and Robotics

Dr Robert Mullins, JN, appointed Reader in Computer Architecture

Dr Cesare Hall, K, appointed Reader in Aerothermal Engineering

Dr Hannah Joyce, JN, appointed Reader in Low-Dimensional Electronics

Dr Ajith Parlikad, HH, appointed Reader in Asset Management

Dr Stuart Scott, G, appointed Reader in Energy and Thermodynamics

Dr Ljiljana Fruk, SID, appointed Reader in BioNano Engineering

Dr Andrew Sederman, T, appointed Reader in Magnetic Resonance in Engineering

Non-School Institutions

Dr Samantha Williams, G, appointed Reader in Social History


  • 1One applicant has since elected not to take up the office of Reader. 

Election of student members to Faculty Boards and other bodies (p. 846)

22 July 2019

With effect from 1 October 2019

The General Board proposes amendments to the way in which student representation on Faculty Boards and other bodies is structured, and to the electoral process for those roles, to increase clarity and streamline processes.

These changes are being put forward in response to a review of student academic representation carried out in 2018–19, conducted jointly by the Students' Unions and the Education Quality and Policy Office, on behalf of the General Board's Education Committee. This review included consultation with students, Faculties, Departments and Schools. The outcome of the review was that students lacked clarity on the student membership roles available, and how these fed into the University committee structures. Faculties and Departments generally felt that the process was inflexible and bureaucratic; in some areas established local practice was well-supported but others reported that attempting to overlay informal and formal structures contributed to students' lack of identification with formal roles. Student engagement with elections was low, and elected representatives reported difficulties in communicating with the wider student body to seek feedback and input into committee business.

A consultation on proposed changes was circulated to all Faculty Boards and other bodies in May 2019. Conclusions and recommendations were reported to the General Board's Education Committee on 12 June 2019.

The Council is submitting a Grace (Grace 5, p. 863) to seek approval for the following recommendations of the General Board:

1. The Board proposes that the election of student representatives for Faculty Boards and other bodies should be aligned to subject disciplines, in place of the current organisationally-driven structure. Subject representative roles will be determined by Cambridge University Students' Union (CUSU) and the Graduate Union (GU) in collaboration with Faculty Boards and published annually by Notice in the Reporter, with each course being mapped to one or more available roles. The proposed structure provides a flexible framework, enabling well-established local systems to continue if desired.

(f), and introduce a minimum of two. Above this minimum, each Board may choose its desired number of members in class (f). Regulations should further be amended to remove limitations on eligibility based on course and year of study, fellowships, and sabbatical office. These restrictions were not clear to students and have caused errors in the electoral rolls.

3. Administration and organisation of the electoral process should be managed jointly by CUSU, the GU and the Education Quality and Policy Office, with opportunities for Boards and other bodies to undertake local promotion as desired. This joint management would reinforce a collaborative approach between the Unions and the University, providing a clearer and more cohesive view of how elected subject representatives feed into wider University decision-making processes. The Unions would continue to have a recognised role in training and supporting representatives.

4. Elections should take place in a single window during the second half of the Michaelmas Term, aligned with existing CUSU/GU elections. The General Board acknowledges that in responding to the consultation, many Boards and other bodies expressed a wish to have earlier elections, albeit noting that this might not always be suitable from the students' perspective. However, the Board believes that alignment with existing Union elections in which students already participate will give greater profile to these roles and hopefully engage more in voting for them. Bringing together the administration of elections would also make it easier to amend the timing of elections in future, should this be desired. As above, the flexible framework for establishing subject representative roles and how these relate to the Faculty Board or other relevant bodies would enable a variety of models to be implemented in response to each Board's wishes.

5. The Board does not, at this time, propose to include Council of the School student members in the changes to align representation with subjects. These will remain a separately-elected role aligned with the specific organisational body. However, changes to General Board Regulations relating to student eligibility and organisation will impact these roles, and they will be elected in the same window.

6. The Board proposes making the following amendments to General Board Regulations and associated procedures with effect from 1 October 2019:

(a)General Regulations for the Constitution of the Faculty Boards (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 605)

(i)Changing Regulation 1(f) to reference eligible students as determined by Regulation of the General Board instead of students in the Faculty;

(ii)Changing Regulations 2(a) and 2(b) to introduce a minimum of two student members and remove the upper limit.

(b)Regulations for Classes of Faculty Board Membership, Elections and Periods of Office (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 607)

(i)Changing Regulation 1 to remove the specified numbers in class (f) from the table in Schedule I, and to permit each Faculty Board to determine an appropriate number in line with Regulation 2 of the General Regulations;

(ii)Changing Regulation 9 to draw members in class (f) from students elected as subject representatives (or exceptionally, with the approval of the Registrary in an individual case, from those eligible to stand for election as subject representatives) in accordance with the Regulations for the Election of Student Subject Representatives (see below).

(c)Regulations for the Election of Student Members of Faculty Boards and Other Bodies (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 608) (see the Annex for the text of the revised Regulations)

(i)Amending the title of these Regulations to the 'Election of Student Subject Representatives';

(ii)Assigning responsibility for these elections to CUSU/GU as part of their overall electoral scheme;

(iii)Defining available roles and the courses which map to each role by Notice, to be published in the Reporter by CUSU/GU by 20 October each year;

(iv)By incorporating information about eligibility to stand for election and vote in these Regulations (electoral rolls will continue to be centrally generated but will be provided to CUSU/GU in line with existing CUSU/GU roll dates at the Division of Michaelmas Term);

(v)Enabling the Council to appoint the returning officer on the nomination of CUSU/GU;

(vi)Amending the table in Schedule I to remove class (f);

(vii)Deleting Schedule IV;

(viii)Deleting Schedule V.

(d)Deleting the Rules made by the General Board in accordance with Regulation 11 for the election of student members of Faculty Boards and other bodies (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 612), as these have been incorporated in the Regulations under (c).

(e)Deleting the Procedure for allocation to electoral rolls of candidates for the Natural Sciences Tripos and the Medical Sciences Tripos and the Veterinary Sciences Tripos (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 613), as allocation to the relevant subject representatives will be defined in the Unions' yearly Notice.


In accordance with paragraph 6(c) above, the following regulations will replace the regulations for the Election of student members of Faculty Boards and other bodies (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 608) with effect from 1 October 2019:

Election of student subject representatives

1. These regulations shall apply to the election of subject representatives who are eligible to serve on each Faculty Board or other University body whose membership includes student members, except in so far as may be provided otherwise in the special regulations for a particular Faculty Board or other body.

2.(a) The persons eligible to vote and to stand for election as subject representatives shall be those who are certified by the Registrary to be matriculated students pursuing a given course of study or research leading to a degree, diploma or certificate of the University, as identified by Notice under Regulation 4. Any question of interpretation of eligibility shall be determined by the Registrary, whose decision shall be final.

(b) The Registrary shall not include in the electoral roll the name of any sabbatical officer of Cambridge University Students' Union and the Graduate Union who has, before completing a course of study leading to the degree for which he or she intends to be a candidate, been given an allowance under Regulation 1(b) for Allowances to Candidates for Examinations for the purpose of holding such office.

3. An election for each subject representative shall be held in each academic year as outlined in the electoral scheme published by the Unions on their websites. Voting shall be by ballot. The date and procedure of the election, the final date for the receipt of nominations, and the hours of voting shall be determined by the returning officer identified in the Unions' electoral scheme.

4. Cambridge University Students' Union and the Graduate Union shall publish a Notice confirming

(a)not later than 20 October each year, the subject representative roles for which elections will be held and the total number of vacancies. This Notice shall confirm by course the students who are eligible to stand for election to, and vote for, each of the subject representatives;

(b)the returning officer appointed by the Council1 on the nomination of Cambridge University Students' Union and the Graduate Union;

(c)the location on the websites of the Cambridge University Students' Union and the Graduate Union of the electoral scheme governing the elections.

5. Not later than the Division of the Michaelmas Term, the Registrary shall send to the returning officer an electoral roll of all the persons who on 9 November were eligible, under the provisions of Regulation 1 of the General Regulations for the Constitution of the Faculty Boards and of these regulations, to vote and to stand as candidates in the election. The roll shall be undivided, and the returning officer shall confer eligibility corresponding to the categories determined in accordance with Regulation 2. The Registrary shall have power, on the recommendation of the returning officer, to amend the roll at any time before the time fixed for the start of voting.

6. If at any election of a student subject representative the total number of vacancies is not filled, the returning officer may fix a date for the holding of a further election to fill those vacancies. Unless the returning officer determines otherwise, the persons eligible to vote and to stand as candidates in such an election shall be those persons who were so eligible in the preceding election; provided that no such person may vote or be a candidate in a further election if the Registrary certifies that he or she is no longer entitled to be included in the relevant electoral roll.

7. If a casual vacancy occurs, the returning officer shall determine whether a bye-election shall be held to fill the vacancy and shall determine the date on which any such election is to be held. Unless the returning officer determines otherwise, the persons eligible to vote and to stand as candidates in a bye-election shall be those persons who were eligible at the time of the last preceding annual election to vote and to stand as candidates in the election to the place which has been vacated, provided that no such person may vote or be a candidate in a bye-election if the Registrary certifies that he or she is no longer entitled to be included in the relevant electoral roll.


  • 1The Council has delegated this responsibility to its Committee for the Supervision of the Student Unions (CCSSU).

Heads of the Schools of the Biological Sciences and the Physical Sciences (p. 849)

The General Board and the respective Councils of the Schools have approved the following appointments:

Professor Anna Philpott, CL, Deputy Head of the Department of Oncology, as Head of the School of the Biological Sciences for four years from 1 August 2019;

Professor Nigel Peake, EM, Head of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, as Head of the School of the Physical Sciences for four years from 1 January 2020.

Professor Philpott and Professor Peake will serve alongside the other current Heads of School:

Professor Christopher Young, PEM, Head of the School of Arts and Humanities until 31 December 2022;

Professor Patrick Maxwell, T, Head of the School of Clinical Medicine (Regius Professor of Physic);

Professor Philip Allmendinger, CL, Head of the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences until 30 September 2020;

Professor John Dennis, SE, Head of the School of Technology until 30 September 2022.

Professorship of Chemical Engineering (1999) (p. 849)

22 July 2019

The Professorship of Chemical Engineering will fall vacant on 30 September 2020. The General Board has received a recommendation from the Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology Syndicate that, in accordance with Special Ordinance C (vii) B. 18(a), the period of consultation concerning the vacancy be extended to 31 October 2021.

The Council has agreed to submit a Grace (Grace 6, p. 863) to extend the period of consultation for the Professorship.