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Part-time Tutors: Sustainable Business Programmes

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 31st March 2021.

Part-time Tutors

Sustainable Business Programmes

The University of Cambridge, Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) offers a number of part-time Master’s Level accredited courses for working professionals focusing on ‘sustainable business’.  We offer two Postgraduate Certificates, a Postgraduate Diploma, and a Master of Studies degree.  Our students are typically mid-career and are seeking to grow their capabilities to contribute to a radical shift to a sustainable future by leveraging the role of businesses.

We are currently looking to engage with specialists in fields related to ‘sustainable business’ as contract-based tutors on our programmes. The 'tutor' role is a one-year commitment, and is available on a rolling basis, if mutually agreeable. The current overall contract value is in the region of £9-10K.

Key aspect of the role include:

  • attending two residential workshops in Cambridge, each of 4-7 days in length.
  • delivering content teaching and chairing/facilitating sessions around their field of expertise;
  • supervising two individual assignments for up to 8 students and a year-long group project aligned to their area of interest;
  • providing support for the above, both at the workshops and remotely; 
  • marking individual and group assignments; and
  • working under the direction of the Course Director and sharing best practice with one another to ensure high-quality learning and student satisfaction.

Successful candidates will be either:

  • experienced business professionals with some interests and experience of academic programmes or research; or
  • academics or researchers who work regularly with business and industry or who have had industry experience. 

They will be qualified to at least a Master’s level and, preferably, PhD, and have an affinity for and/or experience with research and academic assessment.  We welcome and invite interest from all suitable candidates, however expertise in sustainable finance, building inclusive and resilient societies​ (i.e. ‘social sustainability’), and insight from non-western contexts will be given priority.

Under usual conditions, a substantial portion of the contracted hours – primarily assignment marking and student support between workshops – can be undertaken away from Cambridge, although a physical presence in Cambridge is required for key team meetings and during course workshops.  Under current global pandemic conditions, it may be necessary perform the role fully remotely; however we are keen to build longer-term relationships with tutors who will be able to be physically present in the future.  When local travel is required, reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Tutors are contracted for one year to a particular programme but may have opportunities for additional ad hoc supervision and assessment of Master’s dissertations (PhD required) and/or industry case studies for students on the Postgraduate Diploma, and/or for third marking assignments that require it.  Additional work is contracted on a fixed-fee basis depending on the nature of the task.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Course Directors at:

How to apply

To apply, in the first instance please prepare your professional CV (with names and details of two referees) and a supporting statement of no more than 500 words outlining your interest in this opportunity, and clearly specifying your related subject(s) of expertise to sustainable business.  Please also highlight any relevant experience in higher education teaching and learning environments.  Documents should be emailed to:

The final closing date for applications is Wednesday 31st March 2021.  However, applications will be reviewed upon submission and we reserve the right to close this vacancy early if suitable applicants are identified.  Consequently, we recommend that you submit your application well in advance of the closing date, and as soon as possible during the recruitment process.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Please note: Tutors are not employees of the University but receive a Temporary Worker Agreement for their services from the Institute before each course begins.


The closing date for applications is 31st March 2021.

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