Varsity is the place where conversations happen. 

We seek to give a voice to all students, providing a platform for a wide range of perspectives and voices. Widely read throughout the university community, we aim to deliver high quality content which drives important discussions and debate. 

Now is your chance to join us and help shape the conversation in Cambridge.

Varsity is a collaborative project, which belongs to the students who read and write it and aims to be directly engaged with our interests and concerns. As Varsity reporters, editors, columnists, and more, we take equal ownership of, and equal pride in, the paper we create. 

Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience in journalism: Varsity is a place to learn, to experiment, and to explore new opportunities. Join the team and you’ll find a supportive environment united by passion and commitment to the paper. There’s space here for all forms of journalism: from writing and editing, to producing exciting video content, illustrations and photography!

Bring your ideas, your perspective, and your curiosity. Apply to join Varsity today.

Applications

To apply for any position(s), please email your application to applications@varsity.co.uk.

Applications for executive roles should be received by 5pm, Wednesday 10th July. Applications for all other roles should be received by 5pm, Sunday 14th July. Let us know as soon as possible at applications@varsity.co.uk if either of these deadlines pose an issue!

All applications must include:

  • Your full name, subject, college and what year you’ll be in next term.
  • Which role(s) you would like to apply for.
  • Details of any academic commitments you have in Michaelmas Term, and commitments to any societies/activities other than Varsity.
  • Details of any experience you have for the role. No experience is required or expected, and full training will be provided, but, if relevant, you may wish to include any experience in journalism or gained from other extra-curricular activities, and any technical skills (e.g. ability to use Adobe InDesign, Photoshop or video editing software).

Please note that absolutely no prior experience is required. We welcome incoming freshers and anyone keen to join the paper for the first time. Varsity is a space to explore new things, and our team is eager to guide you! 

Got any questions about the roles or the application process? Pop an email to Maia Wyn Davies and Stephanie Stacey at editor@varsity.co.uk. Alternatively, feel free to get in touch with any of the current section editors – they’ll be happy to answer any queries! Their contact details can be found here

Detailed information about all available roles and application guidelines can be found below.

Executive roles

The Deputy Editors, Vulture Editor, Deputy Vulture Editor, and Digital Editor, each oversee a number of sections within the Varsity team.


Deputy Editors

We’re looking for two committed individuals to oversee News, Opinion, Features, Investigations, Interviews, Science, Sport and Violet. (Applicants should apply individually.) Applicants should be motivated to guide section editors and contributors to produce the best work possible, and be able to work well in a team. We are particularly looking for at least one individual experienced in news-writing and editing, who will be able to provide additional support and guidance to the news team. You should also demonstrate a clear vision for the sections listed above, and be thoughtful about and committed to its execution. It’s generally expected that Deputy Editors will share News and Opinion, and choose whether or not to divide the other sections between them. Varsity’s Deputy Editors must also commit to familiarising themselves with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop over the summer, with the help of training provided by the team, in order to assist with our weekly print setting!


Vulture Editor

The Vulture Editor is an individual well placed to push discussion and reflection on culture in Cambridge, who will oversee the paper’s Arts, Fashion, Music, Film & TV, Lifestyle and Theatre sections. Applicants should be thoughtful about culture and its appeal to students, both within Cambridge and wider society. The Vulture Editor should have a clear artistic vision of how Vulture can push discussion around the Cambridge arts scene. We’re looking for an individual with an eye for composition, fresh ideas, and with excellent team management qualities. The Vulture Editor oversees the magazine, and has a large amount of creative autonomy, working with our team of staff illustrators and photographers. Applicants should have a clear vision for the role of Vulture, and bring fresh ideas about how other sections might collaborate creatively within the magazine. The Vulture Editor must commit to training provided by the team over the summer on Adobe InDesign and Photoshop in order to assist in designing our weekly print editions.


Deputy Vulture Editor

The Deputy Vulture Editor will help oversee the magazine, working closely with the Vulture Editor in producing content, preparing the web editions of articles, directing the magazine’s creative vision and managing the Vulture team. We’re looking for an individual who enjoys working collaboratively and has great organisational abilities. As with the Vulture Editor, applicants should be thoughtful about Cambridge culture and its arts scene, with a clear artistic vision of how Vulture can build on them. The Deputy Vulture Editor must also commit to training provided by the team on Adobe InDesign and Photoshop to fulfil the requirements of our weekly print editions.


Digital Editor

The Digital Editor will oversee Varsity’s video, podcast and social media output. Applicants should offer ideas for revitalising and diversifying Varsity’s digital presence in order to attract greater engagement with our content, and be thoughtful about how to put these ideas into action. The past year has seen an exciting increase in digital content, from news reporting to creative videos, and we’re looking for someone to build on this success. Responsibilities will include advising section editors on how their content performs and experimenting with different formats and strategies to optimise engagement, as well as guiding the Digital teams within Varsity. They will provide team training for writing engaging social media trails, and should work to develop new strategies for attracting readers to our website over the summer. The Digital Editor should have experience of video editing and be adept at Photoshop, or commit to training provided by the team.


If you wish to apply for any of these roles, please provide:

  • A critique and vision statement for the areas you will oversee, including ideas for how they should be presented in print and online (1,000 words maximum).
  • A critique of an article, video or other form of content from one of these areas (350 words maximum).
  • Alternative headlines, subheadings and social media trails for three articles from the sections you will oversee (applicants for the role of Digital Editor may choose articles from any section).
  • Details of any experience you have for the role, why you think you’d be suitable, and why you’re keen to take it on! We’ll consider experience both within and outside Varsity, of both journalism and other demonstrations of team management, organisation and leadership (500 words maximum).

Section editors

Want to help shape one of Varsity’s sections and work closely with a range of contributors? Our section editors have the unique opportunity to push discussion and platform many different conversations and perspectives. Section editors will commission, select and edit content both for the print edition, which comes out every Friday, and online. Each week, they’ll assist with producing and designing the paper’s print editions.

If you’d like to apply for any of these roles, please provide:

  • A critique of the section from the past couple of terms, with suggestions of improvements you would seek to implement, if appointed. This should largely focus on content, but if you have any particular ideas for digital presence or print design, please include these (500 words maximum).
  • A critique of an article from the section from the past couple of terms (200 words maximum).
  • Five ideas for content in the section.
  • Alternative headlines and subheadings for three recent articles from the section.

We seek to appoint at least two section editors for every section. Applicants should submit individual applications. 

Available positions


News Editor

News is Varsity’s biggest section. The Varsity news team plays an essential role in Cambridge, providing timely, objective, and incisive reporting on stories relevant to our readers. Our coverage serves not only to inform Varsity readers, but to hold institutions in the city to account. Members of the team must be engaged with goings-on in Cambridge, and be both knowledgeable and critical in their coverage of issues prominent in the Cambridge community.

Senior News Editor: The Senior News Editors will lead a team of Deputy News Editors, news correspondents and contributing news writers. They are responsible for commissioning writers and editing copy, reacting to breaking news as well as identifying important issues to explore further. The Senior News Editors must commit to training Varsity’s news correspondents, and commit to receiving further news training from other experienced news writers at the paper.

Deputy News Editor: The Deputy News Editors assist the Senior News Editors in finding stories and editing copy. They are equally prepared to write and edit, and play an important mentoring role for newer news correspondents. They must also commit to receiving further news training from other experienced news writers at the paper.

Applications for news correspondents will open later in the summer.


Investigations Editor

The Investigations Editors are crucial to Varsity’s role in holding our institutions, societies and students to account. They must have a nose for the untold story and a drive to work independently, tackling in-depth projects with the aim of uncovering interesting and important things that our readers should know about. Experience of news writing, while not required, is particularly valuable in an Investigations Editor. They must commit to receiving news training from the News Editors and from more experienced members of the team, who will be keen to guide them.


Opinion Editor

Opinion is one of Varsity’s most popular sections. Members of the Opinion team should be compelled by the discussions happening around them about Cambridge’s key issues, and understand the importance of keeping those conversations alive, seeking new perspectives, and pushing them to evolve. Later in the summer, we will be looking to recruit a team of staff Opinion writers, alongside columnists, to dissect and reflect on Cambridge’s key issues.

Senior Opinion Editor: The Senior Opinion Editor should be passionate about facilitating conversations in the paper and guiding contributors to produce the best work they can. They are responsible for generating ideas for pieces, commissioning writers and editing copy. It’s important for the Senior Opinion Editors to be aware of what’s happening in other sections of the paper, and to keep up to date with the big stories both in Cambridge and worldwide. Responsible for a team of Deputy Opinion Editors, columnists, and staff Opinion writers, the Senior Opinion editor must have strong team management and organisational qualities, and be prepared to take on a great deal of responsibility, since they will often need to handle sensitive topics.

Deputy Opinion Editor: The Deputy Opinion Editors assist the Senior Opinion Editor in commissioning pieces and editing copy. They work directly with section contributors to develop their columns and articles week on week and are always on the lookout for opportunities for a good Opinion piece, taking inspiration from Cambridge life, current affairs and popular culture.


Features Editor

The Features section is a place for creative, compelling perspectives on breaking news stories and key issues within the Cambridge community, as well as platforming personal stories from students. Over the past year, the section has established itself as a space where conversations begin, often stemming from personal experiences, broadening the discussions and perspectives of Cambridge students. We’re looking for someone who is engaged with the issues that dominate the news in Cambridge, but also an individual with an eye for an interesting perspective on issues often under-discussed or marginalised. The features editors must be comfortable helping writers transform their personal experiences and the individual stories of those living and working in and around the University into compelling journalism that engages the attention of a wider audience; opening eyes to new issues or introducing new perspectives on older ones.

Senior Features Editor: The Senior Features Editors are responsible for generating ideas for pieces, commissioning writers and editing copy. It’s important for a Senior Features Editor to be aware of what is happening in other sections (especially News and Opinion), and to think about how Features articles may respond to issues within Cambridge and wider society. Applicants should be thoughtful about how to put their ideas for the section into action. The Senior Features Editors will guide the Deputy Features Editors and will also hire the section’s columnists.

Deputy Features Editor: The Deputy Features Editors assist the Senior Features Editor in commissioning pieces and editing copy, as well as in supervising the section’s columnists. They are always on the lookout for opportunities for a good Features piece and can help guide writers on sensitive articles.


Interviews Editor

Our Interviews Editors get the chance to meet fascinating and high-profile people from all walks of life. They need to keep up-to-date with events in Cambridge and be proactive in seeking out opportunities to interview interesting people, beyond the venues where Varsity’s interviews have traditionally taken place. We’re eager to increase our focus on student experiences next term, and are looking to recruit someone eager to seek out and share the interesting experiences and achievements of their peers. We want someone who understands how compelling a good interview can be, has an instinct for who Varsity’s readers want to know more about, and engages with breaking news. A good Interviews Editor will prioritise interviewing interesting people with diverse backgrounds and views.


Science Editor

There is arguably no better place than Cambridge to be a student Science Editor, and we’re looking to build upon last year’s expansion of the Science section, in terms of both increasing and diversifying the section's output. Over the summer, the Science team will look to recruit staff science writers to report on groundbreaking research in Cambridge, explore the research community and open discussion on topical scientific issues. It’s an exciting time to head the section, spearheading our continued efforts to engage with the brimming scientific community at our fingertips, and simultaneously render our Science content accessible to students from all academic backgrounds.


Sport Editor

With so much sport going on in Cambridge every week, it’s no surprise that this is a busy section. The Sport Editor is responsible for commissioning match reports, interviews and features every week, covering as wide a range of sports as possible, across all levels. In the past year, the Sport section has taken a closer, more critical look at the world of Cambridge sport and we’re looking for someone to continue this focus, and platform personal experiences and perspectives on University sport. Next term’s Sport Editor(s) should be ready to plan investigations and features on Cambridge sport, and hire a team of staff sports writers over the summer.


Violet Editor

Next term, we’re eager to expand Violet and firmly establish it as a space for humorous light-hearted news and satire, as well as a variety of entertaining features, including Horoscopes and Cambridge-specific quizzes. The Violet Editor will be expected to collaborate with the News team to pick up on interesting and funny news stories. They should think carefully about how best to develop Violet’s identity, and to make it distinct from the rest of the paper, as well as refreshing and original. Over the summer, the Violet Editor(s) will hire a team of staff writers. Violet has previously been an online-only section, but in Michaelmas we’re eager to introduce some suitable Violet content to our weekly print editions, so the section’s editor(s) should offer ideas as to how to develop the section’s image in print as well as online.

Vulture sections


Arts Editor

Fine art, literature, architecture and more have a place in our Arts section, and we’re keen to offer a platform both to students’ experiences and reactions to art, as well as publishing original student artwork, including fiction, poetry, photography and visual art. The Arts Editors should be compelled by Cambridge’s artistic spaces, and be thoughtful about how Varsity can build upon our examination and support of them. They will have exciting opportunities to engage with Cambridge-based artists and their work. The Arts Editors will be responsible for coming up with ideas for pieces, commissioning writers and editing copy.


Film & TV Editor

Our Film & TV Editors should have a vision for generating content related to film and TV which is relevant to Cambridge students. They are responsible for commissioning reviews and other more personal features on films and television shows, and will be expected to foster links with the student film scene in order to deliver new and exciting content. Beyond simply commissioning reviews – though this remains an important focus of the section – they should seek to platform and engage with student filmmakers in Cambridge.


Music Editor

The Music Editors should be passionate about music, and keen to share this passion with our readers. Applicants should, ideally, demonstrate an interest and engagement with Cambridge’s music scene, as well as an understanding of evolving music tastes among students. They should seek to generate content that explores the Cambridge music scene in new ways, and will be responsible for creating our weekly Varsity playlist: Vulture tunes. They will commission pieces – a mixture of reviews and other features – and edit copy.


Fashion Editor

Varsity’s Fashion section must aim to be accessible, personal and relevant to students. The Fashion Editors must be on top of the latest trends, have an eye for a photoshoot, and know where the best fashion and beauty buys can be found. Next term, we are eager for the section to place an increased focus on the vast range of fashion visible within Cambridge and among Cambridge students, including content specifically targeted at exploring fashion on a student budget. The Fashion Editors are responsible for organising photoshoots – creating concepts, sourcing models and recruiting a photographer through liaising with the Photography Editor – as well as commissioning and editing articles.


Theatre Editor

The Theatre Editors will commission reviews and previews for the large Cambridge theatre scene as well as more personal Opinion or Features-style articles exploring students’ experiences with the dramatic arts. Next term, we’re eager to broaden the section’s focus beyond reviews and previews, although these will remain important, seeking to highlight in particular the creative work students undertake to bring productions to life and making use of a range of multimedia content. This is a demanding role due to the large output of the section and the time-critical nature of reviews. We are especially looking for individuals who understand the Cambridge theatre scene well.


Lifestyle Editor

Lifestyle is a diverse and engaging section, which should be focused upon content relevant to the daily lives of students, covering issues related to mental health and well-being, as well as sharing recipes and collections of fun and accessible activities around Cambridge. We’re looking for people with a knack for creating enjoyable content: from recipes and explorations of the Cambridge food scene, to tips on health, relationships or handling stress, or reading outside of a Cambridge degree.


Digital roles


Senior Video Editor

The Video section is heading in a very exciting direction, with increasing output and a growing scope for experimentation. The Senior Video Editor will be responsible for overseeing Varsity’s video output, which will require running and organising the video team to produce high-quality content in a timely manner, and ensuring that team members are well-trained. They will commission content from the rest of the video team, keeping an eye on upcoming opportunities in Cambridge as well as ways to collaborate with other sections. They will ensure that Varsity maintains some running series of videos. If you wish to apply for this role, please provide:

● A critique and vision statement for Varsity’s video content, outlining some ideas for the kind of content you’d like to pursue next term. Include an explanation of how you would make sure video reflects the diversity of Varsity’s textual content. (500 words maximum)

● An explanation of any experience you have for the role, why you think you would be suitable, and why you want to do it (300 words maximum).


Video Team

The video team will be responsible for creating the content which the Head of Video proposes, as well as coming up with their own ideas about exciting video opportunities. We’re looking for people to shoot, edit and present Varsity’s video output. You are welcome to apply to any one or a selection of these roles, and Varsity will be able to provide opportunities to expand and develop your skills. To apply, please provide:

● An explanation of the role you would like to have within the video team, as well as details of any skills, equipment and software you currently have (none required!).

● An explanation of any experience you have of working with video, including a link to any examples (again, no experience is required!).

● Three suggestions for video content you’d like to produce in Michaelmas Term, or ideas for a running series.


Podcast Producer

Switchboard is Varsity’s podcast. The Podcast Producer(s) will be responsible for overseeing Switchboard's production, from creating concepts, to research, to recording and editing. If they should wish, they will have the opportunity to recruit a Podcast team, which they will lead in the production of the show. They will work closely with the Digital Editor to produce the show, and should be thoughtful about how their content could feature in, or be produced in collaboration with, various sections of the paper itself. No prior experience of audio or broadcast production is required.

To apply, please provide:

● A vision statement for Switchboard, explaining the kind of content you would like to provide and any thoughts on tone, image and branding (500 words maximum).

● A brief outline for a 30 minute show.

● An explanation of any experience you have for the role (none required!), why you think you would be suitable, and why you want to do it.


Additional roles


Photography Editor

Our Photography Editor keeps Varsity looking fresh and vibrant with new and original photographic content, and works across the paper from the News and Sport sections to the creative, magazine side of the paper, Vulture. As Photography Editor you will be responsible for commissioning a team of Varsity photographers, as well as running, expanding and providing training to that team. The Photography Editor should have an eye for, and be responsive to, stories and perspectives that can best be explored visually, and be ready to work independently or with other section editors to bring these ideas to fruition. To apply, please provide:

● An explanation of your current involvement with Cambridge’s photography community (200 words maximum).

● A small portfolio of your own work.

● A list of any photography kit you have (it is not necessary to have any as Varsity has some of its own).

If you would just like to be part of Varsity’s photography team, watch out for recruitment later in the summer, or send an informal email to applications@varsity.co.uk.


Illustrations Editor

Our Illustrations Editor keeps the paper looking engaging with new and original artistic content. As Illustrations Editor you will be responsible for commissioning a team of Varsity staff illustrators, recruiting a diverse range of artistic talent from cartoonists to digital artists. Our Illustrations Editor will also be involved in running and expanding on that team, liaising with section editors across the newspaper, and running the Varsity Illustrations Instagram account. With our illustration team growing, and its original artwork increasingly featuring in the paper, the Illustrations Editor plays a crucial role in producing our weekly print editions and ensuring that they are eye-catching and dynamic. To apply, please provide:

● An explanation of your current involvement with Cambridge’s art community (200 words maximum).

● A small portfolio of your own work.

If you would just like to be one of Varsity’s Staff Illustrators, watch out for recruitment in the near future, or send an informal email to applications@varsity.co.uk.


Sub-Editors

Know your less from your fewer? Have an eye for commas, apostrophes, capital letters, always italicising Varsity, and spelling? Our team of sub-editors are key to ensuring that Varsity maintains its reputation for clear and professional journalism. They ensure that all pieces conform to Varsity’s house style. It’s also important for sub-editors to be aware of the content itself, and to flag up anything that may be unsuitable for publishing.

We are looking to recruit a number of sub-editors as well as a Chief Sub-Editor, who will manage the team of sub-editors to ensure content is sub-edited in a timely and high-quality fashion. To apply, please provide:

● A critique of an article from any section from the past couple of terms, with particular attention to the detailed improvements which a sub-editor could make (300 words maximum).

● An explanation of any experience you have for the role, why you think you would be suitable, and why you want to do it. Please also state whether you would like to be considered for the Chief Sub-Editor role.


Web Developers

You might have noticed some new elements in our online content recently. We’re trying to raise the bar, and we’re looking for the best and brightest Cantabrigian coders to take our frontend material to the next level. Experience in HTML and CSS is a necessity, experience in other software, such as Adobe Suite software and D3.js would also be valued. To apply, please provide:

● A critique of Varsity’s online production value and outline what front-end changes you would look to make (500 words maximum).

● An outline of your experience of the following: HTML, CSS, Javascript, D3, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop.


Keen to contribute to the paper but not in an editorial role? Applications for reporters, videographers, photographers, illustrators and columnists will open later in the Summer. In the meantime, to hear about upcoming opportunities in sections you're interested in, sign up for our section-specific mailing lists and join the relevant Facebook groups for interested writers. We’re always open to pitches, on any issue or theme which may interest you, so please drop us an email with your ideas!

Don't hesitate to apply! We’re excited to receive your application.

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