Trinity’s Teacher Visitor Scheme

Trinity College is committed to working with schools in the UK, locally, regionally and nationally to raise aspirations and educational attainment among their pupils, and to widen participation in higher education. The College is extending its range of activities by inviting teachers to participate in a new Teacher Visitor Scheme.

Teachers are invited to apply for short-term positions as Teacher Visitors at Trinity College, Cambridge. The scheme is open to teachers at UK schools in the maintained and private sector. Teachers should have some experience of working with pupils applying to Cambridge.

The aim of the scheme is to enable teachers to understand more about the Cambridge admissions system and how Colleges work. In turn, Trinity College wants to keep abreast of the issues schools face and how those relate to student applications to Trinity and Cambridge. We would like to learn from visitors’ knowledge and experience of the changing school educational environment to help inform Trinity’s approach to encouraging the best students to apply to the College.

Applicants may choose from two options:

Option 1 Half Term Residential Up to one week during the half-term break (in any term)
Option 2 Summer Term Residential Two to four weeks in the second half of the school summer term

How the scheme works  

There will be up to four places for Teacher Visitors at Trinity each year. Applicants are asked to choose Option 1 or Option 2, specifying preferred dates, though indications of flexibility will be welcome.

Visits will be tailored to meet teachers’ individual needs and interests and will include:

  • Meetings with key Admissions staff and Schools Liaison Officers in College
  • A mentor for each Teacher Visitor from Trinity’s teaching fellowship
  • Time to pursue a project relevant to teaching and time to spend with academics working in the relevant subject area
  • Opportunities to gather information about Cambridge and the admissions process

While at Trinity

Visitors will be offered free accommodation and meals during their visit. A study room will be set aside within the Admissions Office. Support will be available for individual research projects.

Visitors will be given the chance, where possible, to observe small group supervisions in the College (depending on the subject and time of year as supervisions finish by mid-June), and to attend University lectures (depending on the time of year, again, as lectures finish before the May half term). Visitors will have access the University Library as well as Trinity’s Library.


As well as College accommodation and meals, Trinity will contribute to travel costs to and from Cambridge. The College will cover replacement teaching costs for teachers from the maintained sector.

How to apply

Applications will be considered from teachers who hold teaching posts in the United Kingdom and who are engaged in education for university entry in the 16 to 18 age range. Applicants should normally have a minimum of three years’ secondary or further education experience. Successful candidates will be expected to obtain leave or secondment from their school’s governing body.

Applications are currently being accepted for:

  • Option 1: Half terms in May 2017 (deadline 31 March 2017) and October 2017 (deadline 30 June 2017)
  • Option 2: Summer term in June/July 2017 (deadline 31 March 2017)

Deadlines apply to both applications and references. To apply, please complete the online application form.

For any queries about the scheme or the application process, please contact the Schools Liaison Office