Caius elects first female Master in college's history

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Gonville and Caius College has announced the appointment of Dr Pippa Rogerson as its next Master, with Dr Rogerson to succeed Sir Alan Fersht to the position at the end of September 2018. This is the first time in its history that the 669-year old college will have a female Master.

Dr Rogerson’s appointment, which was made during a meeting on May 19 by Caius’ governing board, will bring the total number of female Masters in the University’s 808-year history to 11.

She is currently a fellow of the college, as well as being a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law. She has been a Director of Studies at Caius since 1990, and was recently appointed a member of the University Council in January of this year. She also holds various positions in Cambridge’s student unions, including being a member of the General Board and Chair of Applications Committee.

Dr Rogerson studied at the University for her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD in Law, and previously qualified as a solicitor at a major international firm in London. Her University website profile states that issues of Brexit “now loom large in her research and teaching.” Along with her professional and academic achievements, she has also raised five daughters as a widow.

Following the announcement of her election, Dr Rogerson released a statement, saying, “I’m delighted and daunted in equal parts to have been elected Master of Caius. Sir Alan Fersht is a hard act to follow. The college is in good shape and I’m looking forward to supporting its great tradition of excellence in education and research.”

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