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Research & Collections Programme

Growing research through the convening power of Cambridge’s collections

Jessica Gardner

University Librarian, RCP Sponsor

Jess Gardner is University Librarian and Director of Library Services at the University of Cambridge. She joined Cambridge in 2017 from her former role as Director of Library Services & University Librarian at the University of Bristol. Jessica previously worked at the University of Exeter, initially as Head of Special Collections and later as Head of Library and Culture Services. She started her academic and library career at the University of Leeds, where Jessica researched her doctorate in modern literary papers. Jessica is the Vice-Chair of Research Libraries UK, a Syndic of Cambridge University Press, and a member of the Legal Deposit Librarians Committee for UK and Ireland. She is also a trustee of the Friends of the National Libraries, Churchill Archive Trust and a Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge. 

Photograph of Beverly Glover

Beverley Jane Glover

Director, The Botanic Garden, RCP Sponsor

Beverley is Professor of Plant Systematics and Evolution in the Department of Plant Sciences and Director of the Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Her main area of interest is the evolution and development of floral features which attract pollinating animals.Beverley studied plant and environmental biology at the University of St Andrews graduating with a BSc degree in 1993. She did her postgraduate research in plant molecular genetics at the John Innes Centre, and gained a PhD degree in 1997 from the University of East Anglia. She has been a member of the council of the European society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology, the Systematics Association, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. She is a member of the Editorial Board for Current Biology.

Luke Syson

Director, The Fitzwilliam Museum, RCP Sponsor

Luke Syson is the fourteenth Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum. From 2012-19, he was Chairman of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, where he led on the complete refurbishment of the British Galleries, a $22m project, which opened in March 2020. Luke has held curatorial positions at the British Museum, V&A and the National Gallery – where he led the successful campaign to acquire Raphael’s Madonna of the Pinks for the nation and curated the highly-acclaimed exhibition, Leonardo da Vinci – Painter at the Court of Milan in 2011.