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Our people

President and Senior College Officers

The College is led by a senior team of officers headed by the President, Sir Laurie Bristow, who provides overall leadership to the College. The President is supported by the Vice-President, Nidhi Singal, and other officers who provide day-to-day leadership for the College’s academic, financial and operational, development and fundraising, and research translation activities.

The full senior membership of Hughes Hall comprises a broad range of professional academics at all stages of their academic careers, from early career researchers developing their research profiles to established professors directing world-class research, as well as professionals from a variety of non-academic backgrounds.

President, Laurie Bristow

With general responsibility for the affairs of the College and furthering its objectives, the President is the head of the College and chair of the Governing Body.

Vice-President, Nidhi Singal

The Vice-President supports the role of the President, can act as the President's deputy, and chairs the Governing Body if the President is absent.

Senior Tutor, Tori McKee

The Senior Tutor leads the academic and tutorial side of the College, overseeing admissions, academic progress, pastoral oversight and other aspects of student life.

Bursar, Jonathan Newby

The Bursar oversees the day-to-day financial, operational, and legal side of the College's activities.

Director of Institutional Advancement, William Conner

The Director of Institutional Advancement carries out the functions of a Development Director in the College.

Director of Strategy and the Bridge, Stephen Axford

The Director of Strategy and the Bridge leads a College initiative to drive research translation and application to real world problems.

Senior Membership

The College’s Governing Body, which has overall responsibility for the College and is the committee of charity trustees for the College as a charity, is made up of a core group of Fellows. These individuals represent the core academic, cultural and institutional leadership of the College community. However, the broader senior membership, is comprised of Honorary, Life, and Quondam Fellows, as well as By-Fellows, Research By-Fellows, and Visiting Fellows.

Senior members of all categories, with individual profiles, are listed on the senior members pages.

The College’s senior membership and staff form a diverse and experienced oversight, management and support team for the College.

The wider community of staff includes individuals experienced in the wide range of skills and day-to-day support functions required in a large and complex educational institution. There is contact information for different staff teams on the staff contact list.

Research Fellows and Research By-Fellows

The community of postdoctoral scholars, or postdocs, in Cambridge numbers over 4,000 and is responsible for much of the research that underpins the University’s world-leading reputation. At University level the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs looks after the interests of this large group, whilst Hughes Hall was the first college appoint a Research Convenor to help build a sense of community and co-ordinate activity. This post is now being replicated in other Colleges as best practice for engaging postdocs.

The College currently has around fifty Postdocs comprising Research Fellows and Research By-Fellows. This is a vibrant and energetic group of academics, forming a key contact point with Departments and Faculties in Cambridge and with other institutions beyond the city, and around the world.

Postdoctoral researchers at Hughes Hall engage in a variety of academic and social activities. Research Fellows and By-Fellows have regularly showcased their academic work to the Hughes Hall community. Researchers are frequently published in top ranking academic journals, are invited to prestigious conferences, and have had many awards granted to them.