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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 an Operating Board, an Academic Publishing Committee, an English Language Teaching and Education Publishing Committee, an Audit Committee, and a Remuneration Committee. The Publishing Committees provide quality assurance and formal approval for the titles published, meeting regularly to review editorial and publishing strategy matters. The Operating Board is concerned with overall governance and meets at least six times a year. Most meetings take place in the Pitt Building, which is the formal headquarters of the Press located in Cambridge city centre.

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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