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New Vice-Chancellor

Passers-by, onlookers and tourists are watching and wondering – what on earth is going on? Why such a gathering in gowns on the steps of the Senate House? Yet another graduation? But where are the actual graduands?!

Yesterday (5th July) there was a much rarer ceremony in Cambridge – the swearing in of the new Vice-Chancellor, Debbie Prentice, the third woman in this role and the first American.

It may be hard to believe, but she’ll be the 347th Vice-Chancellor since the early 1400s. In the past, they used to replace each other in a quick succession, usually as often as once a year!

Debbie Prentice studied Psychology at Stanford and Yale, and recently was the Provost of Princeton. To mark the occasion, the University flag is flying high up Great St. Mary’s tower.

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