uToronto scholar to become first non-Brit head of Cambridge

September 28, 2016

Stephen Toope of the University of Toronto has become the first non-Briton to be nominated as Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, reports Simona Chiose of the Globe and Mail. The director of uToronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, Toope is an international legal scholar and past president of the University of British Columbia. The article notes that Toope will arrive at Cambridge during a period of uncertainty for British higher education. “The UK is trying to assess the impact of Brexit and what it means for the research relationship that crosses the channel,” says Paul Davidson, president of Universities Canada. “To have someone like [Toope], who is a bridge builder, someone who has the qualities of tenacity and diplomacy, is a very timely appointment.” Globe and Mail