Friday, November 21, 2014

Jackie to Lucy

Yet another media type emerges to head an Oxbridge college. Jackie Ashley (Rosebery Grammar, Epsom, St Anne's Oxford, BBC news trainee and The Guardian) is taking over as President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, as it approaches its 50th anniversary in 2015.

Recruitment for the role (part-time, salary unspecified, seven-year contract) was handled by headhunters Saxton Bampfylde (deliverers of Rona Fairhead to the BBC) starting back in May, before an election by fellows. The college only admits women - undergraduates must also be over 21. The last annual report boasts 13 Firsts - but the college props up the unofficial Tompkins table ranking academic performance in the city. 

There's accommodation for the President, next to the main college buildings, called Marshall House, formerly Balliol Croft, where presumably husband Andrew Marr will entertain himself to frugal suppers while Jackie is dining at formal hall. The College eschews the concept of a high table, but she can call on Honorary Fellows for company, including Baroness Trumpington, Dame Judi Dench, Anna Ford and Sandi Toksvig. 

Further PR assistance on Jackie's appointment can be found from Mary Greenham, formerly of BBC News, who provides a "managed service" to Andrew Marr, Martina Navratilova, George Alagiah, Stephanie Flanders, Nick Robinson, Laura Kuenssberg, Reeta Chakrabarti, Matt Frei, Matthew Parris, Susanna Reid, Steve Hewlett, Jason de la Peña, Kamal Ahmed, Julie Etchingham, Sarah Pennells, Jon Sopel, Matthew Amroliwala, Fergal Keane, Sean Fletcher and Faisal Islam.

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