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During the summer months, we run a range of residential events, where a team of Residential Supervisors in a pastoral role to work alongside us to ensure that the participants have a safe and enjoyable time. 

What do Residential Supervisors do?

Depending on the event, Residential Supervisors take on various duties to ensure the welfare and safety of the participants. Below are some examples of the duties that Residential Supervisors undertake as part of their role:

  • Supervising of students during the residential activities (academic and social).
  • Helping run ice-breakers and social activities.
  • Ensuring that students adhere to their code of conduct.
  • Liaising with CAO staff and student ambassadors to ensure safeguarding and health & safety policies are adhered to.
  • Identifying participants in need of additional support.
  • Promoting enthusiasm and engagement in the academic sessions.

Who can be a Residential Supervisor?

We are currently looking for current PGCE students to join our team of Residential Supervisors. If you are interested in applying, please see below. 

How do I apply?

To apply, please complete the application form. The applications will close on Monday 18 April 2016.

Once we have reviewed the applications, we will be inviting shortlisted applicants to interview. Our interviews will be in the evening to fit with your training schedule.

In order to work in this role, we will require you to complete a DBS check. 

When are this year’s events?

We are currently looking for Residential Supervisors to work the following events:

Date Residential Topics covered
11-15 July 2016 Year 11 Insight Summer School Mixture of science and humanities sessions
18-22 July 2016 Year 12 Sutton Trust Summer School Architecture, Classics, Economics, English, History, Music, Physics, Sociology & Social Anthropology, Theology & Religious Studies with Philosophy
25-26 July 2016 Year 10 Insight Residential Students complete a short project based on their interests.
25-29 July 2016 Year 12 Sutton Trust Summer School Archaeology & Bio-Anthropology, Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, Education, Engineering, History of Art, Law, Modern &Medieval Languages
8-12 August 2016 Year 12 Sutton Trust Summer School Maths, Medicine, Psychological & Behaviour Science, Veterinary Medicine
22-26 August 2016 Year 12 Sutton Trust Summer School Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geography, Maths, Politics & International Studies


Residential Supervisors are paid at a rate of £8.97 an hour. Therefore, as a rough estimate:

For a one night residential:

  • Approximately 18 hours worked
  • If you were to work 18 hours you would receive £160

For a four night residential:

  • Approximately 50 hours worked
  • If you were to work 50 hours you would receive £445

Residential Supervisors are required to stay in College accommodation with the participants for the duration of each summer school. Accommodation and meals are included and travel expenses will be reimbursed.

What events do Residential Supervisors support?

We run a wide range of outreach and recruitment initiatives for prospective students. Below is a very brief summary of key projects Residential Supervisors support:

  • Insight - A progressive programme for Year 9 – Year 11 students that aims to develop academic interests and tackle the barriers many students face when applying to university. The residential event allows participants to experience a range of subjects in the sciences or humanities.
  • Sutton Trust Summer Schools - Free subject-specific residential summer schools for Year 12 (or equivalent) students studying at state schools in the UK. These five-day residential events take place in July and August and allow students to explore their subject interests and gain an insight into what it is like to be an Undergraduate student at Cambridge.

Residential Supervisor application

If you're interested in applying to be a Residential Supervisor please complete the application form.

Residential Supervisor application

Contact Us

Cambridge Admissions Office
Fitzwilliam House
32 Trumpington Street
CB2 1QY [ Map ]

T: +44 (0)1223 333308
F: +44 (0)1223 746868

Opening Hours 10-4pm, Mon-Fri.

Contact the Residential Supervisor Team

Residential Supervisor Team