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College appoints new Senior Bursar

  • 06 June 2018

Gonville & Caius has appointed Robert Gardiner to succeed Dr David Secher as the College’s Senior Bursar when he retires from the post in September.

Robert, who will be joining Caius on 1 October, has long associations with Cambridge. Following his school education at the Perse School, founded by Caius fellow Dr Stephen Perse in 1615, he studied at St John's College, where he graduated with a first class degree in Classics and was awarded various prizes for Greek and Latin verse composition including the University’s Sir William Browne medal.

Upon graduation, Robert pursued a career with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was latterly a partner specialising in international tax for banks. He has long had an interest in education and has been a governor at his alma mater, the Perse School, since 2010 and was appointed Bursar of Murray Edwards College in 2013, a position he will now leave to join Caius. Outside of work, Robert enjoys music, gardening and rowing and has coached the Murray Edwards Boat Club crews during his time at the College.

Robert said of his appointment at Caius: "I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed Senior Bursar at this world-class community of scholars. Caius has so many dimensions of excellence: academic, sporting, musical, architectural - I could go on. I know I shall be both challenged and fulfilled in applying my skills to further its success both for itself and for the wider collegiate university."

Robert will follow in the footsteps of Dr David Secher who has held the position for the last six years, and is a Life Fellow of the College. On the announcement of his successor, Dr Secher said: “I know Robert well and I am confident that he will be as successful at Caius as he has been at Murray Edwards. I have very much enjoyed building, and working with, the talented team that supports the Senior Bursar and I am sure that Robert will be as proud of them as I have been.  We are all looking forward to welcoming Robert to Caius and we wish him all the best for his tenure.”