Statutes and Ordinances of the University of Cambridge
pp. 625–627

The provisions contained in this Chapter are Regulations of the General Board


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

2. (a) Subject to the provisions of Regulation 3, the Head of each Department, who shall be a University officer or University officers 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.

(b) If more than one University officer is appointed as Head of a Department, (i) the arrangements for sharing the appointment shall be as determined by the General Board, and (ii) any provision in Ordinance or Regulation making reference to the Head of that Department in the singular shall be construed in accordance with those arrangements.

3. The Head of each Department shall be a person or persons appointed in accordance with Regulation 2, except in the cases where an alternative arrangement is listed below:

Faculties and Departments

Head of Department

Faculty of Architecture and History of Art

 Department of Architecture

 Department of History of Art

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

 Department of East Asian Studies

 Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Faculty of Biology

 Department of Biochemistry

 Department of Genetics

 Department of Pathology

 Department of Pharmacology

 Department of Physiology, Development, and Neuroscience

 Department of Plant Sciences

 Department of Psychology

 Department of Zoology

Faculty of Business and Management

 Judge Institute of Management (Judge Business School)

The Director of Judge Business School

Faculty of Clinical Medicine

 Department of Clinical Biochemistry

 Department of Clinical Neurosciences

 Department of Haematology

 Department of Medical Genetics

 Department of Medicine

 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

 Department of Oncology

 Department of Paediatrics

 Department of Psychiatry

 Department of Public Health and Primary Care

 Department of Radiology

 Department of Surgery

Faculty of Computer Science and Technology

 Department of Computer Science and Technology

Faculty of Earth Sciences and Geography

 Department of Earth Sciences

 Department of Geography

Faculty of Engineering

 Department of Engineering

Faculty of English

 Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic

Faculty of Human, Social, and Political Science

 Department of Archaeology

 Department of Social Anthropology

 Department of Sociology

 Department of Politics and International Studies

Faculty of Law

 Institute of Criminology

The Director of the Institute of Criminology

Faculty of Mathematics

 Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

 Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics

Faculty of Physics and Chemistry

 Institute of Astronomy

The Director of the Institute of Astronomy

 Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

 Department of Chemistry

 Department of Physics

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

 Department of Veterinary Medicine

Departments independent of any Faculty

 Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

 History and Philosophy of Science

 Land Economy

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.