Working at Churchill College
Staff are a key part of the Churchill College community.
Churchill College employs around 175 members of non-academic staff, who work in various ways to support the College’s aims and values: being a friendly, welcoming and progressive place where academic excellence and students thrive. Our staff are essential to the quality of the experience and service Churchill College provides.
Whether you work in Catering, Housekeeping, Maintenance, Grounds and Gardens, Admin, Finance or Computing, everyone is part of the team. If you think you’d like to join that team, you can find out more about what it is like working at Churchill College in some of the Staff Stories below.
Churchill College offers competitive benefits and a supportive working culture. Of staff responding to our 2022 Staff Survey:
- 80% agree they are proud to work at Churchill College
- 80% would recommend Churchill College as a place to work
- 81% agree they feel valued by the people they work with
Working in Maintenance
Josh shares his experience of working at Churchill College
Working in Catering
Roxana explains her role and what she enjoys about her work
Working in Admin
CHARMAINE TALKS ABOUT LIFE AT COLLEGE WORKING IN THE FINANCE TEAM
10 Years At Churchill College
GREG SHARES THE STORY OF HIS WORKING LIFE AT CHURCHILL COLLEGE
Benefits and Satisfaction
Our staff benefit from a generous pension and healthcare package, free meal on duty, free use of the gym and sports facilities, well-being support including face to face counselling and a shopping discount scheme. We also offer free on-site parking for staff who need to drive to get to work.
Our recent staff survey asked staff what they thought was good about working for Churchill and the responses showed that it was the friendly community and atmosphere at Churchill College that they appreciate most. We value of our staff; we provide pay-progression as staff grow more experienced, we invest in training and development and we recognise long service through additional holiday entitlement. Over a quarter of our employees have been with us for more than a decade; our longest serving staff member has been with us for over 40 years!
Staff social events take place at Churchill College, ranging from small regular “tea and cake” sessions which give staff the opportunity to meet up with colleagues from across the College, to the Summer Garden Party which is for all our staff, Fellows and their families and the annual Christmas Party. Staff charity events are also encouraged, for instance entering a team in the Chariots of Fire run.
Salaries and Performance Reviews
Churchill College operates a role evaluation system and all posts are assigned a grade, within an incremental pay-scale. This provides the opportunity for pay-progression. If you are in the bottom part of the scale for your grade, you get an annual increment (meaning pay increases by roughly 3% over and above any cost-of-living increase). We also reward effort and achievement through our Performance Awards scheme, which gives pay increases in recognition of excellent performance. Cost-of living increases are negotiated with staff and union representatives once a year.
Staff Communication and Representation
We aim to make sure staff can have their say. Staff representatives are elected to a Staff Consultative Committee, which discusses staff employment conditions, rules and regulations and the general interests and welfare of staff. Staff are also represented on a number of College committees, including the Health and Safety Committee, the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the College Council, which is the College’s main decision making body.
The College also has voluntary partnership agreement with the GMB Union and consults with the union on pay rises and changes to employment terms and conditions.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
We are an equal opportunities employer, and welcome applications from a range of backgrounds. All staff who join are provided with training on Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.
We currently have around 20 nationalities represented in our staff. We provide free English as a Second or Other Language lessons to support staff who want to take them up.
We encourage flexible working and support Agile Working, where staff can work from home, where roles permit.
All our roles are advertised online. If you would like to send us a copy of your CV we are happy to keep it on file for 6 months for when opportunities arise. If you’ve got any queries not answered here, the best thing to do is email hr @chu.cam.ac.uk.