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Our people

A community

Postgraduates and undergraduates at Hughes Hall interact in a friendly community of College Officers, Staff and Senior Members, drawn from a variety of backgrounds with experience in a broad range of disciplines.

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, Professor 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. They are supported by a larger group of Senior Members whose individual profiles are listed on our senior members pages.

President, Laurie Bristow

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

Vice-President, Nidhi Singal

Supports the role of the President, can act as the President's deputy, and chairs the Governing Body if the President is absent.

Bursar, Jonathan Newby

Directs the day-to-day financial and operational running of the College and oversees the legal side of College's activities.

Senior Tutor, Tori McKee

Leads the academic and tutorial side of College, overseeing admissions, academic progress, pastoral and other aspects of student life.

Development Director, Kerry Wilson

Responsible for fostering relationships with our global alumni network and fundraising to help fulfil the strategic aims of the College.

Senior Membership

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.

The College’s Governing Body has overall responsibility for the College and is the committee of trustees for the College as a charity. Made up of a core group of over 50 Fellows, Governing Body includes College Officers and academics working at the University at a senior level as well as early career researchers and non-academics who work in support of the College purpose.

The broader senior membership is comprised of Honorary, Life, and Quondam Fellows, as well as By-Fellows, Research By-Fellows, and Visiting Fellows.

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

Cambridge has over 4,000 postdocs, responsible for much of the research that underpins the University’s world-leading reputation. At Hughes Hall there are currently around 40 postdocs, comprising Research Fellows and Research By-Fellows.

Vibrant and energetic, postdocs form a key contact point with Departments and Faculties in Cambridge and with other institutions both in Cambridge and around the world. Hughes Hall postdocs are frequently published in top-ranking academic journals, are invited to prestigious conferences, and have had many awards granted to them.

Hughes Hall was the first college to appoint a Research Convenor to help build a sense of community and co-ordinate activity among its postdocs. That post is now being replicated in other Colleges as best practice for engaging postdocs.

At Hughes Hall, postdoctoral researchers engage in a variety of a activities, regularly showcase their academic work to the broader College community and are supported to share experiences with College students, particularly postgraduates.