Academic Vacancies

Information about the following positions may be found below:

Position Closing Date
Bursar & Steward 12 noon on Friday 22 November 2019
Research Fellowships Applications for Fellowships from 1 October 2020 are now closed.

Bursar & Steward (circa £97,500 plus benefits)

Trinity Hall (the “College”) is an autonomous, self-governing community of scholars, and one of 31 Colleges within the University of Cambridge, with Fellows across the whole range of subjects taught in the University. The College admits (as junior members) around 650 undergraduate and graduate students. It provides financial and other support to those of its members who require it in order to achieve its purposes, and it supports teaching and research in the University. In furtherance of its objectives, the College maintains and manages an endowment of assets, currently of the order of £286 million. Besides financial and tutorial support, it provides accommodation, catering and other services to its members and others.

The office of Bursar and Steward (the “Bursar”) will become vacant in April 2020 with the retirement of the present Bursar. The Bursar is the senior non-academic Fellow of the College. Applications to take over this role are invited from suitably qualified persons.

The Bursar will be responsible to the Governing Body (comprising the Master and all the Fellows) for the financial administration of the College, including investment, business and estates management. Investment performance, and the consequent enlargement of the College’s wealth, has been a central part of the Bursarship and the College is looking to appoint someone who will maintain that focus. The College has an annual income of approximately £17 million and a consolidated balance sheet total of £320 million in June 2019.

The Bursar also exercises overall responsibility, through the Junior Bursar, for the care and maintenance of College property, new building developments, management of the administrative, maintenance, housekeeping, catering, and gardening staff (about 150 people), and the development of income streams including conference and catering business.

The successful applicant should be capable of managing a complex organisation, dealing effectively and sympathetically with a wide variety of people and should have a sound grasp of investment strategies. The College would hope to appoint someone who will, in addition to performing the duties of the office, take an interest in the academic, cultural and social life of the College. The successful applicant will be appointed to a Staff Fellowship.

A full Candidate Information Pack is available here.

Applications (comprising an application form including the names of three referees and a covering letter of application giving details of the applicant’s career and experience) should be addressed to the Master, the Revd Canon Dr Jeremy Morris, and sent by e-mail to Alternatively, applications may be made in writing, addressed to The Master, Trinity Hall, Cambridge, CB2 1TJ.

Application form

Applications should arrive no later than noon on Friday 22 November 2019.

Interviews will take place on Monday 2 December 2019 at Trinity Hall.

Research Fellowships

For those wanting to pursue a career in academia, an important transitional step from PhD to a lectureship is the appointment of high-flying young academics to a Research Fellowship (referred to in other colleges as a Junior Research Fellowship or ‘JRF’). Trinity Hall is fortunate to have received funding for five named research fellowships, and there are usually six Research Fellows in College at any one time. Appointments to Research Fellowships are keenly contested, attracting many exceptional candidates from across the globe who take part in an open competition for just two posts awarded each year (from up to 600 applicants). A Research Fellowship is typically for a three-year term, allowing the individual essential freedom for innovative research in their area of expertise with minimal pressure from teaching. Research Fellows play an integral role in College life and on leaving Trinity Hall have usually secured an excellent posting within the academic world.

This is a joint college scheme, shared with Churchill, Fitzwilliam, Murray Edwards and Robinson colleges.  A total of 8 Fellowships are on offer across the scheme.

Applications for Fellowships from 1 October 2020 are now closed.


(College Fellows in various subjects are appointed based on Faculty/University positions and as such are not advertised here.)


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