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The Press Syndicate

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"There shall be in the University a University Press which shall be devoted to printing and publishing in the furtherance of the acquisition, advancement, conservation, and dissemination of knowledge in all subjects; to the advancement of education, religion, learning, and research; and to the advancement of literature and good letters."

University of Cambridge Statutes and Ordinances, Statute J

We have since 1698 been governed by the Press 'Syndics' (originally known as the Curators), 18 senior members of the University of Cambridge who, along with various co-optees, bring a range of subject and business expertise to the governance of the Press. Committees of the Syndicate meet regularly to look at publishing proposals, ensuring that the content being published meets rigorous academic standards, and to oversee the strategic and financial operations of the Press.

The Syndicate has a Press & Assessment Board, Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee and Nominations Committee (all shared with Cambridge Assessment); and an Academic Publishing Committee, an English Language Teaching & Education Publishing Committee. The Publishing Committees provide quality assurance and formal approval for the titles published, meeting regularly to review editorial and publishing strategy matters. The Press & Assessment Board is concerned with overall governance and meets on a monthly basis. Meetings take place in the Pitt Building, which is the formal headquarters of the Press located in Cambridge city centre, or in Shaftesbury Road where University Printing House and Cambridge Assessment are located.

Responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Press is delegated by the Syndicate to the Press's Chief Executive Officer and the Press Board, which includes a Chief Financial Officer.

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