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Selwyn College is home to staff of all backgrounds from the UK and across the world. We are proud of our diversity and are therefore keen to receive applications from people who may be under-represented in our community. Selwyn College is also a committed equal opportunities employer and takes steps to ensure that all applicants and employees are treated equally and fairly.

Please see our Recruitment and Selection Policy for more information.

  • Salary: circa £28,273 per annum (depending on skills and experience)

    Hours: 37.5 hours per week (exclusive of meal breaks)

    Contract Type: Permanent, subject to six months’ probation


    Selwyn College, with a reputation for friendliness and good food, is recruiting for a full-time Section Chef. We have recently successfully recruited new members of our Catering Department, and now we have just one or two key vacancies in our Chefs team to fill.


    The Section Chef will assist the Head Chef in consistently producing the highest possible standard of food for our students, staff, Fellows and conference guests.


    Under the direction of the Deputy Head Chef, the Section Chef will work with other Section Chefs to provide consistently high quality food and introduce innovative dishes to enhance the overall dining experience for our customers. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of food, and the ability to work to tight deadlines while providing excellent service at all times. If you have a positive ‘can do’ attitude and are the kind of person who jumps in to help to ensure service is never compromised, we would love to meet you. 


    If you are considering a move to University of Cambridge college hospitality, please take a look at the video on our vacancies page, which provides an insight into the variety of experiences available to those working in this exciting sector:


    The College offers excellent benefits, including:

    • Generous occupational pension scheme
    • A free meal on duty
    • Free use of the College gym
    • Free on-site parking
    • Pleasant working environment
    • University of Cambridge staff card (for a small charge), which offers a wide variety perks and local discounts
    • Access to the College Library and University Libraries
    • Professional development and training opportunities
    • Healthcare benefits*

    *subject to completion of probationary period


    Our beautiful grounds are generally open to visitors without appointment, so if you would like to have a look around Selwyn prior to submitting your application, you are very welcome to call in at the Porters’ Lodge. If you would like to discuss the role in more detail, please contact us at the email address below and we will be happy to arrange an informal chat with our Head Chef and Head of Catering.


    Selwyn College is home to students of all backgrounds from the UK and across the world. We are proud of our diversity. We are keen to receive applications from people who may be under-represented in our community.



    Job Description (.pdf)

    Application Form (.docx)


    How to Apply

    Send a completed application form via email to do not send a CV unless this is accompanied by a completed application form.)   

    Closing date: Noon Friday 26 July 2024*

    Interviews: TBD

    *Please note this is being run as a rolling recruitment process. We will be assessing applications, shortlisting and offering interviews as the applications are received. The job will close once a candidate has been appointed, so we strongly encourage early applications.

  • Salary: Competitive

    Hours: Part Time

    Contract Type: Permanent

    Founded in 1882, Selwyn is young by University of Cambridge standards, and this has encouraged a distinctive ethos that is both traditional and forward-looking.

    Ranking academically as one of the top performing colleges in the University, Selwyn is a community of 400 undergraduates, 300 postgraduates, 66 Fellows, 25 Emeritus Fellows and a highly-engaged team of professional staff.   The College is committed to fair access, and stands out for its work in increasing the number of undergraduates from schools and colleges with little or no tradition of sending students to Cambridge.  Recent developments of a new auditorium and library facilities, as well as low-carbon refurbishments of accommodation, have added to the quality of experience enjoyed by members of the community.  Selwyn is a markedly open, tolerant and friendly college where staff, fellows and students engage harmoniously with one another in pursuit of common aims.

    A new Master is sought to succeed Roger Mosey who will complete his time in post in Summer 2025.   The Master leads the College as a community of self-governing scholars, and is an external ambassador.   Applications are sought from individuals of distinction, with the warmth, charisma, and ability to inspire an ambitious and increasingly diverse community of scholars and students.  The Master is not a chief executive, but is expected to provide leadership and motivation through example and consensus, ensuring an inclusive environment where all voices can be heard. 

    The next Master will have a distinguished record of achievement, and will be committed to academic excellence and with proven success in collaborative leadership. Whether drawing on a career inside or outside the education sector, the College seeks someone who is a clear communicator with the ambassadorial skills required for the role, as well as appropriate sound judgement, and a commitment to the distinctive combination of excellence and inclusivity that characterises the College.

    Further information relating to the opportunity and how to apply is available directly from Minerva via

    Candidate Pack (.pdf)

    For an informal and confidential discussion, please contact

    The date for receiving applications, which should be in the form of a CV and cover letter, is 6 September 2024.

    Selwyn College is home to staff of all backgrounds from the UK and across the world. We are proud of our diversity and are therefore keen to receive applications from people who may be under-represented in our community.