Dame Sally Davies was installed as the 39th Master of Trinity College in a traditional ceremony attended by hundreds of staff, students and Fellows this afternoon.
At 2.30pm Dame Sally knocked on the wicket gate of the College to present Letters Patent from the Queen to Head Porter, Peter Windmill.
He carried the Letters to Chapel where they were inspected by the Vice-Master who then processed with Fellows to Great Gate which was opened to admit Dame Sally.
A service in Chapel followed which included a specially commissioned Te Deum by former organ scholar Owain Park.
Dame Sally is the first female Master, of which she says:
‘I think it’s very significant for Trinity. For me I have been breaking glass ceilings all the way through my career. But wouldn’t it be nice when we don’t have glass ceilings, wouldn’t it be great when no one comments on it.’
And looking to the future, Dame Sally said:
‘We are seen as a citadel of excellence. We need to continue that but be seen to be part of a broader community and show our relevance and our impact, scientific and cultural, on society at large. The research at Trinity does lead – often it takes many years – but it leads to changes and advances for society; and the education we give people makes them into potential future leaders across all areas of life.’
Earlier in the day the excitement of Dame Sally’s installation as Trinity’s first female Master was added to when the College heard the news that Trinity Fellow Professor Didier Queloz has become the College’s 34th winner of a Nobel Prize.
Photos above: Laura Rupolo and Graham CopeKoga . Chapel video sections directed by James Whhitbourn, video by Matthew Dilley and Sound by David Hinitt. Great Court video sections by Mike Gormer and Cue Productions. Editing for both videos by Mike Gormer and Toby Matimong