Deputy Director (Awards), Cambridge Trust


The Cambridge Trust is seeking a new Deputy Director to lead the Trust’s student awards programme during an exciting era of development for the organisation following a strategic review. The new Deputy Director will sit alongside a new role at the Trust, Deputy Director (Partnerships and Communications).

The Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust (known as the Cambridge Trust), is a charity that works alongside the University of Cambridge and its colleges, providing scholarships to around 1500 students at any one time. Over its 40-year existence, the Trust has helped over 22,000 students from over 100 countries contribute to academic life at Cambridge. Today, the Trust works with the University, Colleges of Cambridge, and many international and UK-based partners in order to increase access to the University of Cambridge to outstanding students from all parts of the world, irrespective of their social and economic background.

The new Deputy Director (Awards) will lead the Trust’s student awards programme, ensuring that the award of scholarships is made in a transparent and timely way which adheres to the principles of academic rigour and fair access.  The Deputy Director will play a key role with other senior team members in setting budgetary targets and setting standards for the excellent service offered to students and partners. This is a strategic role; the Deputy Director will be responsible for all complex planning related to the awards and for bringing some longer-term thinking to the role. The Deputy Director will maintain excellent working relationships with stakeholders within and outside Cambridge. They will have scope to shape and develop the awards programme going forward. More broadly, they will work with other members of the executive team and the Board of Trustees to develop the Trust’s overall strategy.

The Trust is looking for someone with strong analytical skills and administrative experience at a senior level in a complex organisation. Candidates will be able to demonstrate both strategic and operational thinking. They will be a dynamic leader able to maximise their team’s potential. They will ideally demonstrate an informed perspective on the broader international and geopolitical environment in which the Cambridge Trust operates, a passion for changing the lives of individuals through education and a commitment to the value that international students bring to the University.


The closing date for all applications, which should be in the form of a CV and cover letter and addressed to, is 20 May 2024.

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