Prof Young will succeed Catherine Arnold OBE in OctoberSt Edmund's College with permission for Varsity / DroitetLiberté via Wikimedia Commons

St Edmund’s has elected Professor Chris Young to be the College’s sixteenth master.

Young is currently Professor of Modern and Medieval German Studies at the University, and is Head of the School of Arts and Humanities.

The MML Professor will succeed Catherine Arnold OBE in October, whose five-year term will come to an end this year.

Upon his appointment, Professor Young said: “St Edmund’s has a unique heritage and global vision within the Cambridge landscape.”

“I am delighted to be able to continue the work of Catherine Arnold and her predecessors, and look forward to serving the College and working with its fellows and students in the next exciting phase of its development,” he added.

Young is the director of the Cambridge DAAD Research Hub for German Studies and the founder and director of the Cambridge-LMU Strategy Partnership.

He is also in the process of co-curating a major exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum on the 1924 Paris Olympics that will launch this summer.

Young currently serves on the German government’s historical commission on the terrorist attack at the 1972 Olympics held in Munich.


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Dr Gemma Burgess, Vice-Master of St Edmund’s College, announced: “I am delighted to welcome Chris as the next master. Chris impressed us with his leadership skills and ideas for working together to take the college forward.”

“St Edmund’s is moving into an exciting future and Chris is personally aligned with our strategic vision and values. I am very happy to welcome such an eminent academic as our next master and look forward to working with Chris to deliver the many exciting plans in the pipeline for the college,” she said.

Professor Young will take up the office of Master at the beginning of the next academic year, on the 1st of October.