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Mr Denis Murphy

Mr Denis Murphy is an Honorary Fellow of Magdalene, having formerly been the College's Bursar (now emeritus) and Development Director.

Denis Murphy came to Magdalene to read History as an undergraduate after an earlier education at Downside School and National Service as a Second Lieutenant in the Middlesex Regiment. He worked in the University's central administration in the Old Schools for several years before returning to the College as a Fellow and Bursar in 1977.

During his time as Bursar, he oversaw the College's two major developments: the Quayside development on the south side of the river, and Cripps Court on the north side of Chesterton Road. He sat on a variety of College committees, notably, the Finance and Investments Committees. In the wider University, he was a member of the University Financial Board, the Bursars' Committee, and the Kettle's Yard Committee; a Syndic of the Athletics Syndicate and the Societies Syndicates, and was Treasurer of the C.U. Golf Club (The Blues) for 30 years.

Mr Murphy became Magdalene's first Development Director in 1996, was a College Tutor, and and edited the College Magazine for nearly a decade. He retired as Bursar and Development Director in 2001 and when he retired from the Governing Body in 2006 the College awarded him the rare distinction of an Honorary Fellowship.

Mr Murphy's research interests include Italian Literature, and he is a member of the Pepys Club and the Sarawak Society.



MA (Cantab).