Senior Tutor (Academic Director) and Fellow

£53-58,000 FTE

Lucy Cavendish College, one of the 31 constituent colleges of the University of Cambridge, invites applications from women* for the post of Senior Tutor (Academic Director) and Fellow. 

The College is a strong and diverse intellectual community uniquely for women over 21. The College was founded in 1965 and currently has 34 Fellows and 6 Research Fellows; a student body of approximately 350, 40% of whom are mature undergraduates, 60% graduate students; and 35 FTE members of staff.

The Governing Body has ambitious plans to strengthen the academic community by attracting and supporting first-class academics and the very brightest students. The next Senior Tutor will play a pivotal role in taking forward these ambitions. The Senior Tutorship is an exciting and hands-on post that would suit a highly motivated individual with a track record of creative strategic thinking and with proven expertise in setting goals and achieving them in an academic environment.

The Senior Tutor is the College’s senior academic officer and has overall responsibility for all aspects of student life including academic progress, pastoral needs and financial hardship. She advises the Council and the Governing Body on academic matters and works closely with all College officers in developing and implementing the College’s strategic plan. The Senior Tutor has overall line management responsibility for all tutorial and welfare, teaching, admissions and library functions. She also has overall responsibility for the selection, education, health and welfare of all student members of the College. In addition, the Senior Tutor is responsible for the College’s interaction with the wider University community and she represents the College on appropriate University and Collegiate committees. She keeps abreast of developments in higher education, thinks strategically and informs collective decision making on all academic matters.

Academic excellence, intellectual engagement and strong leadership skills will be essential, along with experience in a range of student matters. Strong negotiating and influencing skills and the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with Fellows, students, alumnae and staff will also be critical to success in this role.  

It is envisaged that an appointment to this post is likely to be made on an 80% contract but alternative arrangements may be considered, provided they do not prevent the delivery of the main duties of the post. The post will commence by no later than 1 September 2017 and will be for an initial period of three years with the possibility of further renewal.

To learn more about this important role or to make an informal enquiry please contact:-

The President, Jackie Ashley or via her assistant, Helen Kirkby, on 01223 332196

Closing date for applications is noon on Monday 3rd April 2017

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 26th April 2017


Please click on these links to see supporting documents for this role:

Person specification

Job description

Fellows Responsibilities

To apply for this role, please click on the link here.

We require at least one reference in support of your application before the closing dates which should be sent directly to the HR Manager:


* The College has exemption from the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 relating to sex discrimination

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