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Watch the Vice-Chancellor's Annual Address, livestreamed for the first time, on Thursday 1 October 2020

Hear about Cambridge’s hopes and plans for the 2020-21 academic year from Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen J Toope by watching the livestream of his Annual Address to the University at 11am BST on Thursday 1 October. While this event usually takes place with staff and students in the audience at Senate House, circumstances this year mean that, for the first time ever, the speech will be livestreamed on the University’s YouTube channel.

Livestream from 11am on 1 Oct

How to watch

The livestream will take place at 11am BST on Thursday 1 October on the University’s YouTube channel and other social media platforms. If you have a YouTube account, subscribe to the channel to receive a notification reminding you when the livestream starts.

A recording of the livestream will remain available on the YouTube channel afterwards and a transcript will be published on the Vice-Chancellor's Office website.

What is this event?

The University marks the opening of each new academic year with an address from the Vice-Chancellor, following the swearing-in of new Proctors. In recent history, this annual event has taken place in Senate House in central Cambridge with a live audience, followed by refreshments in the Combination Room, and information about how to attend is advertised in the Reporter.

The Vice-Chancellor's Address outlines the University’s ambitions for the new academic year, and the new Proctors officially begin their term of office. Two Proctors are nominated by the Colleges every year. A centuries-old role within the University, the Proctors have a number of governance and ceremonial responsibilities.


28 September 2020