2015–16 saw further strong progress in our quest to build a digital Press while maintaining our commitment to high-quality print materials, and disseminating the best learning and research to the world. Cambridge is uniquely well-placed to embrace that vision, and I am grateful to the Vice-Chancellor and other colleagues within the University for their ongoing support of our mission and for the confidence they place in the Syndicate Operating Board’s governance of the Press.
The Press continues to take significant strides in adapting to a fast-changing world. This year saw the launch to great acclaim of Cambridge Core, our new digital platform integrating academic books and journals – just one of the major investments we have made in digital solutions and services for researchers, teachers and students. Our work with customers in English language learning in Latin America, our partnerships in China, and greater presence supporting schools in places as diverse as Pakistan, Nigeria, Kazakhstan and Oman all bear witness to our global efforts to advance knowledge, learning and research. With learning methods and the means of accessing information transforming so rapidly and fundamentally, it is more important than ever that this great Press remains committed to the high standards and values of its parent University while exploring new ways to embody them.
This will be remembered as the year when the University enabled closer working, strategic alignment and greater joint investment between its two historic trading operations, Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment.”
During the year we celebrated the fifth anniversary of Cambridge Exams Publishing, a joint unit with the exams business of the University, Cambridge Assessment. The success and impact of this unit is a reminder of how much can be achieved when the University finds ways to marshall its overall skills and strength.
2016–17 will be remembered as the year when the University enabled closer working, strategic alignment and greater joint investment between its two historic trading operations, Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment. To that end the Vice-Chancellor took over as Chair of both Syndicates and a single new Press & Assessment Board was put in place to oversee the two organisations. These governance changes reflect the many joint opportunities already being developed collaboratively by staff from both organisations, and also reflect the opportunities for closer working between the academic University and the Press’s academic publishing.
My thanks go to all who have served on the Press Operating Board, which I’ve had the privilege of chairing for the past four years and which will now pass its responsibilities to the new Press & Assessment Board, and particularly to those who will continue to offer their services in the new structure. Special mentions are due to Professor Ron Carter who stood down from the Syndicate having made immense contributions to the quality of our ELT and Education publishing, to Mr Stan Webster and Mrs Joanna Womack who left the Audit Committee after long and distinguished service, and to Dr Gary Motteram who joined us.
Sir David Bell
Chair of the Press Syndicate