CUMS Student President position 2014-15

Cambridge University Musical Society

New position of CUMS Student President for 2014-15




CUMS is one of the oldest and most distinguished university music societies in the world. The Society has recently reviewed its organisational structure and it is envisaged that the new role of Student President will put students at the heart of the Society’s decision-making and will help set the agenda for the Society’s future.


The Role

The role will include, but is not limited to:

  • Being a key member of the CUMS Management Committee, representing the views of students; the Committee will elect a Chairman, who may or may not be the President.
  • Playing an active part in the Programming Committee.
  • Liaising with Ensemble committees: it is the President’s responsibility to provide Ensembles with the opportunity to be as autonomous as possible, while also providing support where necessary.
  • Sitting on the Board of Trustees, representing the views of students. This committee meets about three times per year.
  • Attending CUMS events, including concerts and rehearsals.
  • Providing a support channel for the Ensembles; the President may not necessarily be able to solve all issues, but will be able to source the appropriate help or guidance from the senior members who offer their time and experience to CUMS.
  • Being the public ‘face’ of CUMS, including speaking at events and liaising with donors where necessary.

 Owing to this being a new role, the first Student President will help shape the role for future years.


Who Can Apply?

  • Applicants must be in statu pupillari at the University of Cambridge at the time of application. Applicants do not have to be in statu pupillari for the academic year of office (ie applicants can be in their final year when applying.)
  • The applicant must be in residence in Cambridge for the year of tenure.
  • Applicants do not have to be a current member of CUMS, but experience within the Society is preferable.
  • Intermitting students are allowed to apply, provided they have already been in Cambridge for a full year.
  • There is no requirement to have previously been an Ensemble president or conductor.


Person Profile

 Particularly given that this will be the first year of the CUMS Student President, it is important to appoint a student who displays many key attributes that will help define the role. Although not an exclusive list, these include:

  • Musical experience.
  • Experience of either running or being part of a committee (not necessarily within CUMS).
  • Public speaking experience.
  • Some financial and/or entrepreneurial experience, e.g. involvement in setting up or running events or groups, preferably with some financial aspects.
  • A creative mind – this will be particularly useful for sitting on the Programming Committee, as well as helping to shape the future of CUMS.
  • Organised – although not a particularly time-consuming role, time management and organisational skills will be essential for the new President.


Who Will Decide?

The Student President will be chosen by an appointment panel of students, including a mix of Ensemble presidents and conductors, assisted by a senior member selected by the panel.

In subsequent years, a system will be introduced for the selection of the appointment panel. For pragmatic reasons the CUMS Management Committee have appointed this year’s panel.


How Will They Decide?

  1. The appointment panel will create a shortlist from the applications received.
  2. The short-listed candidates will be interviewed by the panel, and the panel will decide who to appoint.

Should the selected candidate’s circumstances change, leading to their not being in Cambridge during the time of their tenure, the panel will either appoint their second choice from the initial process or re-open the selection process (at their discretion).


Application Information

Applications should be emailed by 12 noon on Friday 7 March to Patrick Flynn () and should include a CV (maximum of two pages) and a covering letter, setting out your reasons for applying and your suitability for the role.



  • Applications open now
  •  Applications should be submitted by 12 noon on Friday 7 March
  •  Interviews will take place on Thursday 13 or Friday 14 March
  •  Decision announced during the week commencing Monday 17 March

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