Statutes and Ordinances of the University of Cambridge
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The provisions contained in this Chapter are Regulations of the General Board

In this section


1. There shall be Departments within the several Faculties, and Departments independent of any Faculty, as specified in Regulation 3.

2. Subject to the provisions of Regulation 3, the Head of each Department, who shall be a University officer engaged in teaching and research in the Department, shall be appointed by the General Board, on the recommendation of the Faculty Board or other authority concerned, for a period not exceeding five years at a time, save that in a particular case the General Board shall have power, after consultation with the Faculty Board or other authority concerned, to make an appointment for a period not exceeding ten years at a time.

3. The Head of each Department shall be a person appointed in accordance with Regulation 2, except in the following cases where the Heads of the several Departments shall be as follows:

Departments within Faculties

Faculty of Business and Management.
Judge Institute of Management (Judge Business School)

The Director of Judge Business School.

Faculty of Law.
Institute of Criminology

The Director of the Institute of Criminology.

Faculty of Physics and Chemistry.
Institute of Astronomy

The Director of the Institute of Astronomy.

Acting Heads of Departments.

4. The General Board, on the recommendation of the Faculty Board or other authority concerned, shall appoint a person to be Acting Head of a Department during any period of absence from duty of the Head of that Department, or during any period when there is a vacancy in an office whose holder is ex officio Head of the Department. A person so appointed shall be recognized as Head of the Department for all purposes.

Deputy Heads of Departments.

5. The General Board shall have power to establish one or more Deputy Headships in any Department specified by them and, at the request of the Head of such a Department and after consultation with the relevant Faculty Board or other authority, to appoint one or more Deputy Heads of that Department. A person appointed Deputy Head shall hold office for a period of not more than three years at a time, and shall be eligible for reappointment. The duties and powers of each Deputy Head appointed under this regulation shall be determined by the General Board after consultation with the Head of the Department.