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Notes from Cambridge A Bursar reveals the challenges and delights of managing the finances of an Oxbridge college

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Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge

Since 2013 I have been Bursar and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, part of Cambridge University. Before that I spent 26 years in finance, predominantly in equity capital markets at Citigroup (where I led the ECM business for Europe, Middle East and Africa) and Schroders. Having moved to the Cambridge area it became increasingly difficult to sustain any quality of family life while giving the appropriate commitment to the business, so a second career beckoned, a generation after graduating in English from Queens’ College. As Bursar I look after the non-academic side of the college: investments, strategic and operational finance, our staff and the stewardship of our estate which has two campuses. Collectively the Bursars of the 31 colleges collaborate extensively to smooth interaction between the colleges (which are autonomous charities) and with the university. Corpus, founded in 1352, is one of the older and smaller colleges, with c.60 Fellows and 500 students. It has a more balanced mix between undergraduates and postgraduates than many others and is the only Oxbridge college founded by the guilds of its native town. 

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About Tim Harvey-Samuel

Tim Harvey-Samuel

Tim Harvey-Samuel has been Bursar and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge since 2013. He also lectures for the Master of Finance programme at the Judge Business School. He spent 26 years in investment banking, mainly at Schroders and Citigroup where he led the Equity Capital Markets business for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The views expressed here are personal.

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