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For me, the best thing about Emma is the
inter-year socialising - it makes it a lovely
community to be a part of

Jake, 3rd Year

Dr Jonathan Nicholls

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BA (Bristol), PhD

Emeritus Fellow
Emeritus University Registrary

I was an undergraduate at Bristol University where I took a BA in English before studying under Professor Derek Brewer, then Master of the College, for my PhD on "The Matter of Courtesy: Medieval Courtesy Books and the Gawain-Poet" (published 1985). I was the College’s Herchel Smith Scholar to Harvard in 1981-82.

On my return from Harvard I was appointed as an administrator at the University of Warwick in November 1982 and was subsequently its Academic Registrar between 1992 and 1999, when I was appointed Registrar of the University. In 2004 I took up the position of Registrar and Secretary of the University of Birmingham. I was appointed the University of Cambridge’s Registrary from October 2007 and was elected to a Professorial Fellowship at the same time. I am the 26th person to be appointed to the office of Registrary in a continuous line that dates back to early sixteenth century. The Registrary is the University’s principal administrative officer, the head of the Unified Administrative Service, and secretary to the University Council.

In addition to this office, I am a governor of the Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust, a director of Cambridge University Health Partners, Ltd. (an incorporated Academic Health Science Centre of three NHS Trusts and the University), a governor of Hills Road Sixth Form College and Deputy Chairman of my national professional body, the Association of Heads of University Administration. I have served for many years as a member of the Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff and am a member of the Joint Negotiating Committee of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).


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