Share your story with Varsity.

As a team, we believe in the importance of the student voice. This Lent, we want to hear yours. Using a variety of creative forms, we work to uncover and confront truths within the University, to delve into our experiences as students here, and to see things from a variety of perspectives.

We’re looking for contributors to join each of the paper’s sections. Whether it’s through reporting, writing, illustrating, photography or videography, there’s a place for you to put your curiosity and ideas into practice. Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience – our team are more than happy to offer any support and guidance that you might need. Whether you're a settling fresher, or a returning student, Lent is the ideal time to get involved in Varsity, and we want to cover every experience of Cambridge life.

Above all, we champion diverse perspectives and outlooks on our University. So join us today, and help shape the conversation in Cambridge.

Below is the list of roles we’re recruiting for, along with information on how to apply. If you have any questions, feel free to email the Editors-in-Chief, Bethan Moss and Emaan Ullah at applications@varsity.co.uk.

Please note that applications must be sent to applications@varsity.co.uk by 5pm on Friday 24th December, and should include your full name, course, and college.

Newspaper


Investigations Correspondents

Varsity's Investigations Section is another exciting facet of the paper, following stories over a longer period of time and in more depth than any other section. Editors and writers work together to uncover a range of issues throughout the term, ultimately producing a few carefully crafted and well-researched pieces that aim to bring untold stories to light.

As an Investigations Correspondent, you will work with the section editors to investigate claims, corroborate stories, and undertake a longer running journalistic project. Like news correspondents, you’ll learn how to write articles, conduct interviews and fact-check information, and work with a team of other dedicated writers to explore the lesser known aspects of Cambridge life.

No experience is required – only a passion for, and commitment to, investigative journalism.

To apply: Explain why you want to be involved in the Investigations team and detail any relevant experience, though none is required (no more than 250 words). Please also provide a critique of one recent Varsity News or Investigative article of your choice (no more than 300 words). Finally, please provide three content ideas for potential investigations articles (no more than 150 words per idea).


Opinion Writers

There’s always a lot going on in Cambridge, so we’re keen to put together a strong team of people to write on the issues dominating Cambridge and the wider world.

Staff writer: As an Opinion staff writer at Varsity, you’ll be expected to produce at least four articles during term on a plethora of issues, giving you a great opportunity to expand your writing repertoire and deal with different issues in each article. You’ll need to have your finger on the pulse of local and wider news, and be ready to respond to breaking news. You should also demonstrate a close and critical engagement with the issues at the heart of life in Cambridge, as well as an interesting, considered, and perhaps unique perspective on them.

To apply: Explain why you want to be involved in the Opinion team and detail any relevant experience, though none is required (no more than 250 words). Please also provide an explanation of the areas and issues in Cambridge life you’re particularly interested in exploring, and what perspective you think you could bring to Varsity (no more than 250 words). Please also send a sample piece on a topic of your choosing (no more than 600 words).

Columnist: Columnists write articles on a fortnightly basis, exploring a certain theme or issue relevant to Cambridge. You’ll work closely with the section editors to examine an issue that you’re passionate about in greater depth, giving you the freedom to develop a column that reflects your personality, life experiences and ideas. We’re particularly keen to hear unique perspectives on certain issues that differ from the typical pitches we receive.

To apply: Explain why you want to be an Opinion columnist and detail any relevant experience, though none is required (no more than 250 words). Please provide a pitch for a proposed column (no more than 250 words), explaining how your column might advance each fortnight. Please also provide a sample column on a topic of your choosing (no more than 600 words).


Science Writers

Whether reporting the latest developments in the scientific arena, evaluating cutting edge research, or exploring ethical issues within scientific fields, the Varsity Science section aims to deliver interesting content that is accessible to all readers.

Staff writer: As a Science staff writer at Varsity, you’ll be expected to produce at least four articles on different aspects of Science you’re interested in, whether they be technical or reflective of the current social issues in science – and you’ll also have the opportunity to interview researchers at Cambridge. Applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in reviewing the latest developments in research, and the ability to reflect on the implications of science on wider society.

This term, we’re particularly interested in having staff writers contribute to our Varsity Explains and Cambridge Spotlight series.

To apply: Explain why you want to be involved in the Science team and detail any relevant experience, though none is required (no more than 250 words). Please also provide an explanation of the areas and issues within science you’re particularly interested in exploring (no more than 250 words). Please also send a sample piece on a topic of your choosing (no more than 600 words).

Columnist: Columnists write articles on a fortnightly basis, exploring a particular scientific theme or issue. You’ll work closely with the section editors to examine an issue that you’re passionate about in greater depth, giving you the freedom to develop a column that reflects your personality, life experiences and ideas.

To apply: Explain why you want to be a Science columnist and detail any relevant experience, though none is required (no more than 250 words). Please provide a pitch for a proposed column (no more than 250 words), explaining how your column might advance each fortnight. Please also provide a sample column on a topic of your choosing (no more than 600 words).


Sport Writers

Sport is a central component of life at Cambridge for many, but this section is designed for everyone – not just sportspeople. You’ll have the opportunity to produce a variety of articles ranging in style and content, and will also have chances to report on sporting events.

Correspondent: Correspondents will take the lead in providing timely and well-informed coverage of sporting events as and when they take place across Cambridge in Lent Term. At meetings, you’ll discuss upcoming events on the sporting calendar based on your research and interests, and will be involved over the course of the term in producing previews, reports, post-match analyses and live coverage.

To apply: Explain why you’d like to be a correspondent and your technical knowledge of any Cambridge-relevant sports, as well as any relevant writing experience, though none is required (no more than 250 words). Please also provide three developed ideas for events on which the section could report next term (no more than 150 words per idea).

Staff writer: As a Sport staff writer at Varsity, you’ll be expected to produce at least four articles during term, which could be anything from analytical and opinionated pieces on wider sporting trends and commentary on events, to interviews with sporting figures and students. You’ll attend meetings to discuss the latest issues in Cambridge sport, and have the opportunity to respond to the section’s own weekly commissions.

To apply: Explain why you want to be involved in the Sport team and detail any relevant experience, though none is required (no more than 250 words). Please also provide an explanation of the areas and issues within sport you’re particularly interested in exploring (no more than 250 words). Please also send a sample piece on a topic of your choosing (no more than 600 words).


Features Writers

Features is one of Varsity’s most intimate sections, publishing personal experiences, reflections and explorations of crucial issues. We’re looking for people to write articles grounded in personal experience, on a broad range of topics. These could be issues such as mental health, access and inclusion that affect the student body, wider themes such as identity, family, grief, or love, or any intriguing anecdote or life experience you might share at the pub, from the strange and funny to the serious.

Staff writer: As a Features staff writer at Varsity, you’ll be expected to produce at least four articles during term on a diverse range of topics and themes, giving you a great opportunity to expand your writing repertoire and deal with different issues in each article. You should demonstrate a careful engagement with issues affecting students in Cambridge, as well as an interesting, considered, and perhaps unique perspective on them.

To apply: Explain why you want to be involved in the Features team and detail any relevant experience, though none is required (no more than 250 words). Please also provide an explanation of the areas and issues relevant to Features that you’re particularly interested in exploring, and what perspective you think you could bring to Varsity (no more than 250 words). Please also send a sample piece on a topic of your choosing (no more than 600 words).

Columnist: Columnists write articles on a fortnightly basis, exploring a certain theme or issue. You’ll work closely with the section editors to examine an issue that you’re passionate about in greater depth, giving you the freedom to develop a column that reflects your personality, life experiences and ideas. We’re particularly keen to hear unique perspectives on certain issues that differ from the typical pitches we receive.

To apply: Explain why you want to be a Features columnist and detail any relevant experience, though none is required (no more than 250 words). Please provide a pitch for a proposed column (no more than 250 words), explaining how your column might advance each fortnight. Please also provide a sample column on a topic of your choosing (no more than 600 words).


Vulture


Arts Writers

Whether you take yourself to be a modern-day Frank O’Hara, or you have a shrewd eye and even shrewder opinions, we’re looking for people to contribute to Arts. We’re particularly keen to have a column that looks at the alternatives to a white male-dominated art scene, which could involve critiquing exhibitions or events taking place during term, or introducing Varsity readers to your favourite non-canonical authors, artists and poets, some of which may even have a connection to Cambridge.

Staff writer: As an Arts staff writer at Varsity, you’ll be expected to produce at least four articles during term on a diverse range of topics and themes, giving you a great opportunity to expand your writing repertoire and deal with different issues in each article. You should demonstrate a careful engagement with arts and arts-related matters, as well as an interesting, considered, and perhaps unique perspective on them.

To apply: Explain why you want to be involved in the Arts team and detail any relevant experience, though none is required (no more than 250 words). Please also provide an explanation of the areas and issues relevant to the arts that you’re particularly interested in exploring, and what perspective you think you could bring to Varsity (no more than 250 words). Please also send a sample piece on a topic of your choosing (no more than 600 words).

Columnist: Columnists write articles on a fortnightly basis, exploring something specific within the arts. You’ll work closely with the section editors to examine something you’re passionate about in greater depth, giving you the freedom to develop a column that reflects your personality, life experiences and ideas.

To apply: Explain why you want to be an Arts columnist and detail any relevant experience, though none is required (no more than 250 words). Please provide a pitch for a proposed column (no more than 250 words), explaining how your column might advance each fortnight. Please also provide a sample column on a topic of your choosing (no more than 600 words).


Fashion Writers

From highlighting specific designers, depop stores or influencers, to covering fashion in lesser represented communities, there’s no shortage of things to write about within Fashion. Nor is it necessary that you write – at the heart of fashion lies creativity, so you can also consider drawing, photography, and other mediums to express yourself.

Staff writer: As a Fashion staff writer at Varsity, you’ll be expected to produce at least four articles during term on a diverse range of topics and themes, giving you a great opportunity to expand your writing repertoire and deal with different issues in each article. You should demonstrate a careful engagement with fashion and fashion-related matters, as well as an interesting, considered, and perhaps unique perspective on them.

To apply: Explain why you want to be involved in the Fashion team and detail any relevant experience, though none is required (no more than 250 words). Please also provide an explanation of the areas and issues relevant to fashion that you’re particularly interested in exploring, and what perspective you think you could bring to Varsity (no more than 250 words). Please also send a sample piece on a topic of your choosing (no more than 600 words).

Columnist: Columnists write articles on a fortnightly basis, exploring a particular theme or issue within fashion. You’ll work closely with the section editors to examine something you’re passionate about in greater depth, giving you the freedom to develop a column that reflects your personality, life experiences and ideas.

To apply: Explain why you want to be a Fashion columnist and detail any relevant experience, though none is required (no more than 250 words). Please provide a pitch for a proposed column (no more than 250 words), explaining how your column might advance each fortnight. Please also provide a sample column on a topic of your choosing (no more than 600 words).


Film & TV Writers

From the big screen where you watch the latest films, to the laptop screen you watch Netflix shows on when Week 5 finally hits, we’re looking for students to write about entertainment.

Staff writer: As a Film & TV staff writer at Varsity, you’ll be expected to produce at least four articles during term on a diverse range of topics and themes, giving you a great opportunity to expand your writing repertoire and deal with different issues in each article. You should demonstrate a careful engagement with film, television and related matters, as well as an interesting, considered, and perhaps unique perspective on them.

To apply: Explain why you want to be involved in the Film & TV team and detail any relevant experience, though none is required (no more than 250 words). Please also provide an explanation of the areas and issues relevant to Film & TV that you’re particularly interested in exploring, and what perspective you think you could bring to Varsity (no more than 250 words). Please also send a sample piece on a topic of your choosing (no more than 600 words).

Columnist: Columnists write articles on a fortnightly basis, exploring something specific within film and TV. You’ll work closely with the section editors to examine something you’re passionate about in greater depth, giving you the freedom to develop a column that reflects your personality, life experiences and ideas.

To apply: Explain why you want to be a Film & TV columnist and detail any relevant experience, though none is required (no more than 250 words). Please provide a pitch for a proposed column (no more than 250 words), explaining how your column might advance each fortnight. Please also provide a sample column on a topic of your choosing (no more than 600 words).

Reviewer: If you're a television enthusiast and never a miss a new film release, why not apply to be a Film & TV reviewer? As a Film & TV reviewer, you’ll be expected to bring out your inner critic and assess new releases assigned to you by the Film & TV Editors on a fortnightly basis.

To apply: Explain why you want to be involved in the Film & TV team and detail any relevant experience, though none is required (no more than 250 words). Please also provide a sample review on a film or TV show you’ve watched recently (no more than 750 words).


Lifestyle Writers

As we head into yet another intense Cambridge term, we’re looking for a touch of lightheartedness and fun. Can you whip up an incredible meal in a kitchen with just a rice cooker and a microwave? Do you have intel on the best Cambridge cafes to escape noisy housemates? Do you have any interesting passions that you’d like to share with readers?

AskVulture Writer: A lot goes on in Cambridge, and it can verge on overwhelming - it’s helpful to have a fellow student (or a group of them…) to turn to for advice. AskVulture provides just this: a group of fellow students answering your anonymous questions and and providing advice as well as they can. From adapting to Cambridge life to relationship advice, it’s the chance to help people see things in a new way, or to resolve a burning question/ issue. We’re looking for a team of dedicated writers to do this. You’ll work alongside the other AskVulture writers , each producing 1 to 2 articles a week, and liaising with the Lifestyle editors.

To apply: Explain why you’d like to be part of the AskVulture team and detail any relevant experience, though none is required (no more than 250 words). Please also provide an explanation of the areas and issues you’re particularly interested in covering, and what perspective you think you could bring to Varsity (no more than 250 words). Please also send a sample piece on a topic of your choosing (no more than 600 words).

Staff writer: As a Lifestyle staff writer at Varsity, you’ll be expected to produce at least four articles during term on a diverse range of topics and themes, giving you a great opportunity to expand your writing repertoire and deal with different issues in each article. You should demonstrate a careful engagement with lifestyle and Cambridge-related matters, as well as an interesting, considered, and perhaps unique perspective on them.

To apply: Explain why you want to be involved in the Lifestyle team and detail any relevant experience, though none is required (no more than 250 words). Please also provide an explanation of the areas and issues relevant to lifestyle and Cambridge that you’re particularly interested in exploring, and what perspective you think you could bring to Varsity (no more than 250 words). Please also send a sample piece on a topic of your choosing (no more than 600 words).

Columnist: Columnists write articles on a fortnightly basis, exploring something specific within the arts. You’ll work closely with the section editors to examine something you’re passionate about in greater depth, giving you the freedom to develop a column that reflects your personality, life experiences and ideas.

To apply: Explain why you want to be a Lifestyle columnist and detail any relevant experience, though none is required (no more than 250 words). Please provide a pitch for a proposed column (no more than 250 words), explaining how your column might advance each fortnight. Please also provide a sample column on a topic of your choosing (no more than 600 words).


Music Writers

Music are looking for writers to cover all sorts of things related to music. Be it classical, pop, jazz, or hip-hop, there’s absolutely no restriction on genre. Nor is it necessary to write about music itself – we’re also keen to hear about things occurring more widely within the musical world.

Staff writer: As a Music staff writer at Varsity, you’ll be expected to produce at least four articles during term on a diverse range of topics and themes, giving you a great opportunity to expand your writing repertoire and deal with different issues in each article. You should demonstrate a careful engagement with music and music-related matters, as well as an interesting, considered, and perhaps unique perspective on them.

To apply: Explain why you want to be involved in the Music team and detail any relevant experience, though none is required (no more than 250 words). Please also provide an explanation of the areas and issues relevant to music that you’re particularly interested in exploring, and what perspective you think you could bring to Varsity (no more than 250 words). Please also send a sample piece on a topic of your choosing (no more than 600 words).

Columnist: Columnists write articles on a fortnightly basis, exploring something specific within music. You’ll work closely with the section editors to examine something you’re passionate about in greater depth, giving you the freedom to develop a column that reflects your personality, life experiences and ideas.

To apply: Explain why you want to be a Music columnist and detail any relevant experience, though none is required (no more than 250 words). Please provide a pitch for a proposed column (no more than 250 words), explaining how your column might advance each fortnight. Please also provide a sample column on a topic of your choosing (no more than 600 words).


Theatre Writers

From reviewing student-run plays, to finding feminism in Ancient Greek tragedy, to exploring allegations of racism in “Hamilton”, there’s all sorts to explore within theatre.

Reviewer: As a Theatre reviewer, you’ll be expected to attend productions and produce reviews of student theatre, and provide behind-the-scenes insight by interviewing student writers, directors, producers and actors. Given the fast paced nature of theatre, applicants should be prepared to produce articles at speed.

To apply: Explain why you want to be involved in the Theatre team and detail any relevant experience, though none is required (no more than 250 words). Please also provide a sample review on a theatrical production, film, or TV show you’ve watched recently (no more than 600 words).

Staff writer: As a Theatre staff writer at Varsity, you’ll be expected to produce at least four articles during term on a diverse range of topics and themes, giving you a great opportunity to expand your writing repertoire and deal with different issues in each article. You should demonstrate a careful engagement with theatre and theatre-related matters, as well as an interesting, considered, and perhaps unique perspective on them.

To apply: Explain why you want to be involved in the Theatre team and detail any relevant experience, though none is required (no more than 250 words). Please also provide an explanation of the areas and issues relevant to theatre that you’re particularly interested in exploring, and what perspective you think you could bring to Varsity (no more than 250 words). Please also send a sample piece on a topic of your choosing (no more than 600 words).

Columnist: Columnists write articles on a fortnightly basis, exploring a particular theme or issue within theatre. You’ll work closely with the section editors to examine something you’re passionate about in greater depth, giving you the freedom to develop a column that reflects your personality, life experiences and ideas.

To apply: Explain why you want to be a Theatre columnist and detail any relevant experience, though none is required (no more than 250 words). Please provide a pitch for a proposed column (no more than 250 words), explaining how your column might advance each fortnight. Please also provide a sample column on a topic of your choosing (no more than 750 words).

Digital


Staff Illustrators

Varsity relies on a strong, dynamic visual presence. As a staff illustrator, you’ll have the chance to be at the forefront of that change, joining a creative space where you’ll be encouraged to experiment, and creating art that speaks to student perspectives. Staff Illustrators will work closely with our Illustrations Editor and will be expected to provide 2-3 pieces throughout the term. Whether you are an artist, graphic designer or cartoonist, we’d love to hear from you.

To apply: Please outline details of any skills and experience you have, and either attach some sample illustrations or a link to your portfolio if possible.


Photography & Video Team

Our photography and video team keeps the newspaper looking fresh and vibrant with new and original photographic and video content, particularly in the News, Sport, and Vulture sections.

Photographer: As a Photographer, you’ll work alongside other photographers to capture key moments in Cambridge, refresh Varsity’s stock images, and have the chance to pursue your own creative projects.

To apply: Please explain why you’d like to be a photographer, and outline details of any skills and experience you have, though no experience is required (no more than 250 words). Please also attach some sample photographs, or provide a link to your portfolio.

Videographer: As a Videographer, you’ll work alongside other videographers to pitch, present, shoot, or edit videos, telling the stories that mean the most to you and ensure that students’ voices are heard in an insightful, inspiring and engaging way.

To apply: Please explain why you’d like to be a videographer, provide some ideas for video content, and outline details of any skills and experience you have, though no experience is required (no more than 250 words). Please also attach some sample videos, or provide a link to your portfolio.

Technical Supervisor: As a technical supervisor, you’ll work alongside members of the Photography & Video team and take charge of the technical aspects of the team. This will involve being the point of contact for equipment, editing and other tech-related queries whilst also contributing to the video team through shooting, editing etc.

To apply: Please explain why you’d like to be a technical supervisor, and outline details of any skills and experience you have, though no experience is required (no more than 250 words).


Keen to contribute to the paper without taking on an official role? To hear about upcoming opportunities in sections you’re interested in, 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 at any time!

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