Emma Rampton is the University’s Acting Registrary (she will take up the permanent office on 1 October). The Registrary is, under the University's statutes, the University's principal administrative officer. Emma is head of the University's administrative staff and she is also secretary to the University's Council, the principal executive and policy-making body of the University. The office of Registrary was created in 1506 and Emma is the 27th person (and first woman) to hold it.

Emma joined Cambridge in 2015 as its Academic Secretary. Before that, she worked at the University of Oxford, latterly as Deputy University Secretary, a role in which she had responsibility for overseeing the University’s governance, compliance and assurance processes.

Emma graduated from St John’s College, Oxford, with a first class degree in Geography, after which she qualified as a lawyer. She began her career at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and later moved to Oxford where she then moved into university administration.