Clare Hall is seeking to appoint a new President to succeed Professor David Ibbetson whose seven-year appointment as the current President concludes at the end of September 2020. Clare Hall is a postgraduate college within the University of Cambridge. It was founded in 1966 as a centre for advanced study with an exceptionally egalitarian ethos that brings together 22 Official and 19 Professorial Fellows, 17 Research Fellows and 277 graduate students for the academic year 2018-19. It has the largest programme of visiting senior academics in either Oxford or Cambridge, some 40 Visiting Fellows annually, who contribute significantly to the lively intellectual atmosphere of the College. The resulting blend of scholarship, cultural activity and calculated informality has created a unique society within Cambridge University.

Clare Hall is strongly international with well-established links to leading universities in North America, Europe and Asia. The Tanner Foundation has selected Clare Hall to deliver its annual endowed Tanner and Ashby lectures in Cambridge given by major academic and public figures. The College also hosts the annual endowed King Lecture in the bio-medical sciences.

The President is at the heart of this community providing the academic, intellectual, social and administrative leadership of the College or associated University business, exercising his or her role in accordance with College Statutes and Ordinances. The President will have the opportunity to direct an ambitious and evolving College Strategic Plan to guide growth of the College over the next years. The President presides at all meetings of the Governing Body, the College Council and the Finance, Official Fellowship and Development Committees. The President is one of the trustees of Clare Hall and as such must carry out the fiduciary duties associated with this charity. As a Head of House, the President attends the University’s Colleges’ Committee and represents the College at University level. The President traditionally spends between one-third and one-half of the week on College or University business. Work patterns necessarily vary from week-to-week and day-to-day. A flexible approach is essential.

The President also provides a key contribution to the social life of the College, actively engaging with the Clare Hall community, attending formal dinners in Cambridge and associated institutions. An increasingly important role is in visiting the College's active and cohesive Alumni groups overseas to report on the health of the College. Returning Life Members congregate annually within the College for the University's Alumni Weekend in September to meet with each other, current Fellows and the President.

Fundraising for the College is becoming a particularly important part of the President's role, working alongside the Development Director and her team.

The College is seeking a President who will possess authority, leadership, good judgement and integrity. Because Clare Hall is a graduate college with its Fellows and Students committed primarily to research, the President should have a proven enthusiasm for research, an understanding of graduate education and a passion for mentoring more junior colleagues. The President should enjoy a breadth of intellectual interests and a particular keenness to share those of colleagues. The President is elected for a fixed period of seven years and is not eligible for re-election. Remuneration has been set at about one-third of the standard professorial salary. The President's Lodge, a substantial family house within the College, is available at no cost and an expense allowance for entertainment and related activities is available. The post can be combined with other appropriate roles at the discretion of the Fellowship. The President is expected to reside in the Lodge for the larger portion of each week during the university term.

Applications are sought from those who feel that they could play the leading role in the future development of Clare Hall. Suggestions for and nominations of suitable candidates are welcomed. Those wishing to apply can use the online application link below.  All applications are to be received by 18 March 2019. 

Online application

Those wishing to discuss the post further before applying are invited to contact the Vice-President, Professor Alan Short, in strict confidence, at or telephone the College Registrar on +44 (0)1223 761 247