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Cambridge's student newspaper Varsity is one of the most reliable, independent sources of news and information within the University. We hold ourselves to the highest of standards while also holding institutions of power to account.

Varsity is read by thousands of people around the world, with our website receiving over 42,000 visitors weekly. We pride ourselves on welcoming and celebrating a diverse range of voices and viewpoints, and always value hearing from new contributors.

Do you want to help to shape news and discussion in Cambridge next term? At Varsity, you can find a supportive, friendly atmosphere in which to contribute your valuable skills and opinions. Whether you enjoy reporting on news, writing creatively, editing, or have digital skills such as photography, there is a role at Varsity for you!

The Easter team will be responsible for producing online content in term time, and throughout the summer holidays. They will also help to curate Varsity’s annual Yearbook, a circa 60 page A4 glossy magazine to be published in early June.

No prior journalistic experience or experience at Varsity is required. Varsity is a place to learn, experiment, and try out new skills.

If you have any question about the application process, pop an email to the Editors-in-Chief for Easter term, Juliette Guéron-Gabrielle and Lotte Brundle, at Alternatively, you can email the current editors, Bethan Moss and Emaan Ullah, with any questions you may have at

We are incredibly excited to receive your applications!


To apply for any position(s), please email your application to

Applications for all roles should be received by 12pm on Friday the 1st of April.

Every application must include:

  • Your full name, subject, and college.
  • The role(s) for which you would like to apply.
  • Details of any academic and extracurricular commitments you have in Easter Term.
  • The place you will be living next term. Please don’t be put off applying if you won’t be resident in Cambridge, but do note that we will require most of those occupying editorial roles to be in Cambridge next term.
  • 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, as well as any technical skills (e.g. ability to use Adobe InDesign, Photoshop or video editing software).
  • Whether you would be willing to consider other positions, in the event you are not offered your desired role(s).

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

Executive Roles

The Deputy Editors and Vulture Editors each oversee a number of sections within the Varsity team. The Visual Editor coordinates Varsity photographers, illustrators, our social media team, and will help to curate the aesthetic of the yearbook. We are, in particular, looking for motivated and passionate individuals who work well as part of a team. Executive team members will meet regularly as part of their roles.

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

  • A vision statement for the areas you will oversee, including ideas for how they should be presented online (400-500 words).
  • A critique of an article, video or other form of content from one of these areas (150-300 words).
  • Alternative headlines and subheadings and social media leads (Facebook and Twitter captions) for two articles from the sections you will oversee (applicants for the role of Visual 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. It is important to note for these roles that previous experience with the newspaper is important, so please mention this in your application. (250-500 words).
  • The earliest date you will be able to return to Cambridge.

Applicants for executive roles may be invited to interview with the Editors-in-Chief.

Deputy Editors

We’re looking for committed individuals to oversee News, Opinion, Features, Investigations, Interviews, Science, and Sport. Applicants should apply individually, and be motivated to guide section editors and contributors to produce the best work possible, and should be organised and able to work well in a team. In particular, we are 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 their execution. It’s generally expected that Deputy Editors will split News and Opinion, and then in collaboration with the Editors choose how to divide the other sections between them. Of all available roles, this is the one for which previous experience with the newspaper is most vital, particularly since Deputies will be expected to help set the Yearbook and teach section editors how to do so.

Vulture Editors

The Vulture Editors are individuals 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 Editors should have a clear artistic vision of how Vulture can push discussion around the Cambridge arts scene, as well as how to encourage diverse and engaging online content. We’re looking for individuals with an eye for underdeveloped stories, fresh ideas, and with excellent team management qualities. The Vulture Editors oversee the magazine, and have 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.

Visual Editor

The Visual Editor will oversee Varsity's photographers and illustrators, as well as overseeing the papers video and social media output. With the loss of Switchboard, Varsity's podcast, this role will focus on diversifying the multi-media content on Varsity's website and social channels to help boost engagement. This role will also include controlling Varsity's visual presence by closely collaborating with the photographers and illustrators, and by working with the Editors in Chief on the visual elements of the Yearbook. 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. Applicants ideally should have experience of video editing and be adept at Photoshop. The Visual Editor has an exciting opportunity to be part of shaping and fine-tuning Varsity’s expanding multi-media presence. So, if you can’t help but critique any social media post you come across, love photoshop design or have a (guilty) pleasure for video production, and would like to help create the aesthetic of the Yearbook and Review, this role is for you. We may consider appointing two people with complimentary skills to share this role if necessary. 

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, while also having the opportunity to write pieces themselves.

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

  • A critique of the section from the past term, 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 design, please include these (200-400 words).
  • A critique of an article from the section from the past couple of terms (150-300 words).
  • Three developed ideas for content in the section.
  • Alternative headlines, subheadings and social media leads (Facebook and Twitter captions) for two recent articles from the section.
  • Details of any experience you have for the role. For example, you may wish to include any intern experiences or other extra-curricular activities. Please also include any technical skills (e.g. ability to use Adobe InDesign, Photoshop or video editing software), particularly when applying to roles where these skills would be important. (200-400 words)

News Editor

Want to be at the forefront of Cambridge’s news scene? The Varsity News editorial team is the place for you. News is Varsity’s biggest section, playing 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. Members of the News team will be expected to attend weekly in-person meetings at the Varsity offices during full term.

Senior News Editor: The Senior News Editors will lead a team of Deputy News Editors and news correspondents. 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. Senior News Editors will also be responsible for leading weekly News meetings.

Deputy News Editor: The Deputy News Editors assist the Senior News Editors in finding stories and editing. 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. They must always be on the lookout for fresh news leads, and, if possible, be in the room when stories break. Working for the news section, whether as a Senior or Deputy News Editor, is one of the most exciting roles in the paper.

Investigations Editor

Investigations Editor(s) 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. Investigations Editors will chair the weekly investigations meeting in the Varsity office.

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. We will soon be looking to recruit a team of staff writers and 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. Features is 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.

Features Editor: The Features Editors are responsible for generating ideas for pieces, commissioning writers and editing copy. It’s important for a Features Editor to be aware of what is happening in other sections (especially News, Opinion, and Lifestyle), 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 Features Editors will also hire 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 are responsible for sending regular contact requests to high-profile individuals, or individuals relevant to the student community. 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.

Science Editor

There is arguably no better place than Cambridge to be a student Science Editor, and we’re looking to increase and diversify the section's output. Over the holidays, the Science team will look to recruit staff science writers to report on ground-breaking 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 Editors

Sport is one of Varsity’s busiest and most vibrant sections and the Sport Editors are in a prime position to shape discussions around sport in Cambridge. They are responsible for commissioning match reports, interviews, guides and features every week, covering as wide a range of sports and sporting experiences 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 as well as recreational sport. The Sport Editor(s) will lead a team of correspondents and staff writers, pushing for diversified and exciting content for the section. They will strive to report fast on the University's main sporting events, as well as diversify the nature of the sports the section reports on.

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. They must keep up with both Cambridge and worldwide Arts news, and take initiative in reaching out to students and professionals to pursue further leads for the section (e.g. student spotlight of art, interviewing a Cambridge author).

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, as well as creating occasional playlists. They will commission pieces – a mixture of reviews and other features – and edit copy. The Music Editors must be open-minded and non-discriminatory to all forms of music, and make it a priority to feature a wide range of genres within the term.

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, as well as sustainable forms of fashion. 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 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, 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, are extremely organised and able to take great initiative in reaching out to shows (e.g. to review, or interview).

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. In Michaelmas 2020, our Lifestyle Editors started the series ‘AskVulture’. We're very keen for this comforting series to be continued and expanded on by this term’s Lifestyle Editors, who would be responsible for working with staff writers to produce quality ‘AskVulture’ content, alongside managing the bulk of other Lifestyle articles.

Visual & Digital Roles

The visual team is a fun, innovative and creative space. These roles are for you if you want to bring your creative vision to Varsity, or your unparalleled sense of spelling. Apply to the team to direct Varsity photographers, assist the setting of the Yearbook, direct a team of subeditors, or to help make our social media shine!

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 and 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, and liaising with section editors across the newspaper. With our illustration team growing, and its original artwork increasingly featuring in the paper, the Illustrations Editor plays a crucial role at Varsity. 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


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.

Publishing Team

Love adobe photoshop? Got an undying passion for newspaper or magazine design and are a stickler for detail? Then Varsity’s publishing team is perfectly suited for you! We are looking for a small but dedicated team of 3 to 4 individuals to help our section editors and executive team with Varsity’s annual Yearbook. This role will involve coming into the Varsity offices to advise and check over the magazine. The Publishing team are expected to be proficient with Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop. The team will be purely focused on the production side of the paper, enabling them to have a great deal of creative license. If you wish to apply for the Publishing Team, please provide:

● A critique and vision statement for Varsity’s print edition, outlining some ideas for how you want to present content (400 words)

● Small portfolio of your work (doesn't have to be from a newspaper)

● An explanation of why you think you would be suitable for the role (250 words maximum)

Social Media Team

Do you have a slight obsession with social media? Do you love a visually pleasing feed, and creating dynamic content that reels in likes? Are you keen to gain top-level experience in media design and publicity? If yes, then this role is made for you. Varsity’s Social Media team will be in charge of designing Varsity’s Instagram and Facebook content, as well as ensuring that this dynamic content (posts, stories, Instagram reels) is published regularly. The aim of this team is to increase Varsity’s outreach through dynamic social media, ranging from advertising articles to innovating personable content that will increase our following. It’s a chance to make your social media mark on one of the most widely read student newspapers in the country - don’t miss out! To apply for either role, please provide:

● A critique and vision statement for Varsity's social media, outlining some ideas that you have for Varsity's Instagram and Facebook (300 words maximum)

● If possible, an example of a social media post of your creation to advertise a recent Varsity article

● Two suggestions for social media content you’d like to produce in Easter term

Additional Roles

Keen to contribute to the paper but not in an editorial role? Applications for reporters, videographers, photographers, illustrators and columnists (among other roles) will open shortly. 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.