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Regent House members and their rights


Membership of the Regent House is largely comprised of academic and senior administrative staff of the University and Colleges. From November 2022, the membership includes:

  • The Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, the High Steward, the Deputy High Steward, the Commissary, the Proctors and Pro-Proctors elected by the Regent House, the Orator, the Registrary, the Librarian, the Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Esquire Bedells, the University Advocate, the Deputy University Advocates, and members of the Council in class (e) (i.e. external members of the Council)

  • University employees in Grade 9 and above on the Single Salary Spine, and persons treated as such under Statute J 7 (i.e. qualifying staff at Cambridge University Press and Assessment)

  • Heads of Colleges

  • Fellows of Colleges (provided that they conform to conditions of residence – that is to say, they reside within 20 miles of the University Church)

  • University staff who have retired or are about to retire from an appointment in the University which previously qualified them for membership, who have provided a written statement in support from their head of institution (see Joining the Regent House: recent changes​)

  • Other University and College staff who qualify under Special Ordinance A (i) (f) (that is to say, people who hold certain qualifying University or College roles, including those who remain on the Roll under transitional arrangements)

Members’ rights

Members of the Regent House can have an input in University matters in a variety of ways. They are entitled to do the following:

  • ​Vote in elections of the Senate
    • Attend Discussions and Congregations

    • Ten members can request that a topic of concern be brought forward for discussion (see Regulation 1(b) of the Ordinance on Discussions).
    • Fifty members may initiate a Grace for submission to the Regent House

    • Twenty-five members may initiate a proposal for the amendment of a Grace already submitted but not yet approved
    • Twenty-five members may submit a written request to the Vice-Chancellor for a vote to be taken on a Grace by ballot
    • Ten members can make known their views on questions which are to be the subject of a ballot by issuing a statement as a fly-sheet for circulation
    • Use the University Combination Room​ (where the Regent House met until the Senate House was built around 1730)

    For more information on members exercising these rights, see the further information on taking part in University governance