College Lectureship and Fellowship in History (Post-1800)

Trinity College, Cambridge, was founded in 1546 by Henry VIII.   Sir Gregory Winter is Master and there are around 180 Fellows covering most branches of learning.  There are approximately 700 undergraduate and 350 postgraduate students. Undergraduate admissions in History average about 10 p.a.

The current College Lecturers in History are Joya Chatterji (Modern South Asian History), Peter Sarris (Ancient and Medieval History), and Richard Serjeantson (Intellectual History and Political Thought). The College intends to appoint a person to provide undergraduate teaching in Modern History (Post-1800) with effect from October 2017, with a preference for a candidate working on Modern European and Mediterranean History. For further information about History at Trinity see:

Details about the teaching of History at Cambridge can be found at the main departmental website

The duties of a College Lecturer include:

  • Teaching of undergraduates in History and the new joint degrees in History and Politics and History and Medieval and Modern Languages in supervision classes for at least six hours per week during the twenty teaching weeks of the year. A College Lecturer who holds a University Professorship may reduce his or her teaching to four hours per week.
  • Directing studies of undergraduate students, which involves advising students on their studies, arranging their supervisions, encouraging their progress and providing letters of reference. An entertainment allowance is available to help entertaining directees. Lecturers are also encouraged to attend the Matriculation and Graduation Dinners.
  • Actively participating in the admissions process. This involves carrying out admission interviews, usually over the course of one week after the end of Michaelmas term and taking part in the ensuing selection meetings. There are Open Days each year when sixth formers come to the College, a Residential for prospective applicants in Humanities subjects, and other access and widening participation initiatives aimed at attracting more and better candidates, to which College Lecturers are expected to contribute.
  • Assisting in other reasonable ways with the work of the College, for example by serving on a number of College committees and supporting the work of the alumni association.

In addition, a College Lecturer is expected to devote himself/herself to learning and research in his/her chosen field.

The stipend

The stipend (payable in addition to the University salary) will be £8,998 p.a. or £11,928 p.a. for University Professors. Variation is made for supervision above (or below) the specified amount, and additional payments are made for direction of studies and for interviewing candidates for admission. The post is pensionable (USS).

Other details

The successful applicant will be elected into a Fellowship of the College.  A Fellow who fulfils certain conditions about residence is entitled to a set of rooms in College, free of rent and Council Tax but subject to charges for utilities, service, etc. Fellows not resident in College must normally reside during Full Term within the precincts of the University (within twenty miles of Great Saint Mary’s) and are entitled to a teaching room in the College free of charge.  There are schemes for assisting with house purchase, and with computing and book purchases. In addition, a Fellow is entitled to ninety free meals per quarter at the High Table, may apply to the College for assistance towards research expenses, and may apply for sabbatical leave on conditions similar to those laid down for University Officers.

The appointment will be initially for five years.  The Education Committee of the College will normally consider the case for reappointing the Lecturer to the retiring age during the fourth year of his/her tenure.


Applicants should submit:

  • a covering letter;
  • a curriculum vitae, including a statement of qualifications, publications, and teaching experience;
  • the names and contact details of three referees (at least one outside of Cambridge)

Completed applications and references should be sent to the Senior Tutor at Trinity College before 5 pm on the closing date of Friday 30 September 2016, preferably by email to:

Interviews are expected to be held in the second week of October 2016.

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