Skip to main content
Corpus Christi College University of Cambridge


Master's Lodge Tel: 01223 338029 Fax: 01223 338020 Email:

After reading Classics at Cambridge, Stuart Laing had a first career in the British diplomatic service. After Arabic language study in Lebanon, he specialised in Arab and Middle Eastern affairs, serving in Saudi Arabia early in his career, and later in Cairo. He was Deputy Ambassador in Prague and Riyadh, and was appointed High Commissioner to Brunei (1998-2002), Ambassador to Muscat (2002-05), and Ambassador to Kuwait (2005-08). He was elected Master in May 2008, and took office on 1 October 2008.

In addition to his duties as Master, he researches and writes on Arab and East African history. In 2012 he published, jointly with Robert Alston, Unshook till the end of time, a book on the history of Britain’s relationship with Oman, and he has this year completed a biography of the ivory and slave trader, Tippu Tip. He is a keen amateur musician; he plays keyboard instruments and the oboe. His other recreations are desert travel, cycling, Real Tennis and hill-walking. His wife, Sibella, is a Newnham alumna, is active in the Newcomers and Visiting Scholars organisation, and is a Cambridge City Guide. Their three adult children also studied at Cambridge.  .