Round two of recruitment for the 2023-2024 CUSPE committee is now open!
Do you have an interest in evidence-based policy?
Do you want to help build links between academics and policy-makers?
Do you want to build your networks?
We are looking for enthusiastic people from across the university to join the 2023-24 CUSPE committee. Cambridge University Science and Policy Exchange (CUSPE) is the society dedicated to linking early career researchers and policy-makers, and our committee works to organise opportunities throughout the year to discuss current policy issues, provide skills development and career insights for researchers, and allow them to develop networks with policy-makers.
Positions are open for students, post-doctoral researchers, and alumni of the University of Cambridge to join our committee serving as:
- Vice President
- Lectures Lead/Team
- Workshops Lead/Team
- Forum Team
- CJSP Editorial Team
- CJSP Illustrators
- Policy Challenges Coordinator
- Marketing and Communications Lead/Team
- Finance and Fundraising Lead/Team
Roles filled during Round 1 include:
- Forum Lead
- Chief Editor of the Cambridge Journal of Science and Policy (CJSP)
How to Apply
A list of available role descriptions are provided below. There are team lead roles available for the other ones indicated.
To apply, please email a short application with the title of the role you wish to apply for and a brief background of yourself and your motivation for applying to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify if you are applying for a team lead or team member position.
If you have any further questions please email email@example.com.
Friday 21st July
The Vice President provides support to the President and the other teams in CUSPE as needed. This can range from standing in for the President if they are unavailable to coordinating the organisation of the CUSPE stall at the Freshers’ Fair. The Vice President is also responsible for coordinating with Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) on the CUSPE Scholarship, which provides funding for young people leaving care to complete hands-on paid work experience with CCC.
“Being Vice President of CUSPE for the last year has been a great experience that has enabled me to develop a range of useful skills. It has been really rewarding to help support different teams within the society.”
The Lectures Team is responsible for organising our public lectures programme. Lectures cover discussions on the science-policy interface including current and future challenges and there is a significant amount of flexibility when choosing topics. Topics are chosen based on suggestions from committee members, personal interests or suggestions from the wider CUSPE network. The team’s activities include finding and inviting speakers from academia, government or industry, booking venues, and ensuring that events run smoothly. The Lectures Team also works closely with the Marketing and Communications Team to share and promote the events. Lectures Team members are likely to be responsible for organising a particular lecture including identifying a speaker and organising ticketing and promotion, or leading on particular aspects of an event e.g. room booking/promotion.
The Workshops Team is responsible for organising our workshops programme. Workshops cover a variety of practical skills or important knowledge relevant for researchers interested in influencing or moving into science policy. These events take science-policy discussions and apply them in a more interactive format. Topics are chosen based on suggestions from committee members, personal interests or suggestions from the wider CUSPE network. The team’s activities include finding speakers, organising workshop exercises, booking venues and ensuring that events run smoothly. The Workshops Team works closely with the Marketing and Communications Team to share and promote the events. Workshops Team members are likely to be responsible for organising a particular workshop or panel discussion, including identifying speakers, deciding themes and organising ticketing and promotion, or leading on particular aspects of an event e.g. room booking/promotion.
“Working as the workshop team lead, I expanded my comfort zone and learned so much, reaching out to people with different research interests and coordinating panel discussions. Brainstorming workshop topics that have timeliness and would interest many CUSPE members was the fun part.”
The Forum is CUSPE’s annual conference which brings together early career researchers and policy-makers. With their team, the Forum Lead is responsible for developing the event programme and determining the theme for a half-day or day-long event. The Forum Lead also manages the budget and liaises directly with high-profile speakers within the policy community and academia. They work closely with the Marketing & Communications Team and Finance & Fundraising Team to promote and build on the success of previous events. This role is ideal for someone looking to demonstrate leadership and project management skills. Forum Team members will be responsible for helping to deliver the above objectives, as well as being responsible for individual events within the Forum programme, developing a communication strategy to promote the Forum outside Cambridge, design of marketing material and undertaking fundraising and sponsorship for the Forum.
CJSP Editorial Team
Editors manage the blind peer-review process for individual articles and make sure that each contribution to the Journal is finished to a high standard.
CJSP Art Illustrators
For the current issue of CJSP we are also recruiting Art Illustrators. Art illustrators produce custom drawings that go with the articles written for CJSP.
There is a slightly different application process here, please send 1-3 pieces of work to firstname.lastname@example.org to apply!
The Treasurer balances income with spending to ensure delivery of CUSPE’s mission. At the start of the academic year, the Treasurer prepares the account form for the Senior Treasurer’s approval and works with team leads to decide on budgets. During the academic year, the Treasurer is responsible for approving and reimbursing major committee spending and updating CUSPE’s accounting statements regularly. At the end of the academic year, the Treasurer summarises CUSPE’s financial position.“I would recommend the treasurer role for anyone wanting a regular, important, but light role in the CUSPE committee. The role involves some setup at the beginning of the year, but other than that just checking the accounts and reimbursing people every two weeks, as well as the committee meetings.”
Policy Challenges Coordinator
The Policy Challenges are a collaboration between CUSPE and Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) which give undergraduates, postgraduates and postdocs from universities in Cambridge the chance to research answers to pressing policy questions posed by CCC. The Policy Challenges Coordinator is responsible for working with CCC to organise the start of the upcoming Policy Challenges. The main tasks are organising the Launch Event, opening the application process for the Policy Challenges and assigning the teams. The Policy Challenges Coordinator will work closely with the Policy Challenges Programme Lead from CCC throughout the process. Therefore, the Policy Challenges Coordinator will need strong organisational and communication skills to coordinate with CCC officers, the CUSPE committee and university members to bring together the components required to start the 2024 Policy Challenges. Previous experience with the Policy Challenges would be useful but is not essential.
Marketing & Communications Lead/Team
The Marketing & Communications Team coordinates making and distributing all the marketing materials for all of CUSPE’s events. The team creates materials to advertise for the Freshers’ Fair, lectures, workshops, and the Policy Challenges, and produces a newsletter to keep CUSPE members updated about events and current opportunities in the wider world of science policy. These are shared on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Mailchimp. Marketing is also responsible for contacting other email lists (e.g. college and departmental) and other potential marketing channels to promote events to wider audiences.
“The role of marketing really allows you to be integrated with all the different teams of CUSPE and you get one of the best understanding of all the society does. At busier times of the year the number of tasks can increase, but it is highly rewarding to see the fruits pay off in well attended events, submissions to the journal and more”
Finance & Fundraising Lead/Team
The Finance & Fundraising Team makes the work that CUSPE does possible by bringing in sponsorship and developing the financial and fundraising strategy for the year. The role of Finance & Fundraising Lead is ideal for someone looking to demonstrate strategy development and communication skills, as key tasks involve identifying and liaising with sponsors. This role involves working closely with the Treasurer and the President. Finance & Fundraising Team members support the team lead and will work to deliver the team’s objectives, including developing fundraising strategies and identifying new revenue streams, and liaising with both internal (colleges/university) and external (charities/NGOs) funding partners.