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Professor Martin Burton, Professor of Otolaryngology in Oxford University’s Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) and Director of Cochrane UK, has been elected as the next Master of Sidney Sussex College at the University of Cambridge.

Professor Martin Burton

Succeeding Professor Richard Penty, he will be Sidney’s 28th Master, taking up his new role from September 2023.

Professor Burton has spent a significant part of his surgical career in Oxford. He was both an SHO and a Registrar in ENT at the Radcliffe Infirmary. He started as a Consultant in January 1996 and indeed was the last consultant on call at the Infirmary on the night of Friday 2 February 2007. He became a Senior Lecturer in the NDS in 2005 and was awarded the title of Professor of Otolaryngology in 2014.

In the announcement by Sidney Sussex, Professor Burton said: ‘Sidney is well known for its academic integrity and scholarly values, and the close-knit nature of its community. I am delighted and privileged to be joining the College as its Master next year. There are tremendous opportunities to build on the achievements of my predecessors, to lead the College to fulfil its ambitions and to ensure that every student, Fellow and member of staff can achieve their potential.’

Outgoing Master Professor Richard Penty said: ‘I congratulate Martin Burton on his election as the next Master of this wonderful College. It’s been an honour and a privilege to serve Sidney over the last 10 years and to contribute to its development through good times and bad. I wish Martin every success in leading the College to ever greater successes.’