The Kate Pretty Lectures

The lecture series honours Dr Kate Pretty CBE, Principal of Homerton College (1991-2013) and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge (2004-2010), responsible for international strategy, outreach, lifelong learning, and museums and libraries.  An archaeologist, Dr Pretty served as President of the Council for British Archaeology from 2008-2013. Dr Pretty has been a member of the Council of Durham University since 2014.


The Fifth Annual Kate Pretty Lecture

On Wednesday 8th June 2022, we welcomed Professor Stephen J Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, as the fifth Kate Pretty Lecturer, on the topic University Matters? The University of Cambridge in an increasingly complex world. 

Professor Toope steps down on 30th September to take up the post of President and CEO of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He reflected on 5 years in office, and cover themes including how societal tensions are reflected in the University, relations with Government, and how the University takes decisions. 


Previous Lectures

2021, The Fourth Annual Kate Pretty Lecture: Why does a University need an art collection? Making the most of the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge by Luke Syson, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum.

2019, The Third Annual Kate Pretty Lecture:  Justice without Ethics by Baroness Onora O'Neill, renowned Philosopher, former President of the British Academy, and former Principal of Newnham College.

2018, The Second Annual Kate Pretty Lecture: What Science Can Do: The Cambridge life science cluster at a pivot point by Pascal Soriot, CEO of AstraZeneca.

2017, The Inaugural Kate Pretty Lecture: The Cambridge of Tomorrow, by Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz FRS, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.

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