Cumberland Lodge King George VI Postdoctoral Fellowship

Cumberland Lodge, the independent educational charity in Windsor Great Park, seeks to appoint a King George VI Postdoctoral Fellow from 1st October 2015.

This two-year Fellowship is open to candidates from academic disciplines relevant to the Cumberland Lodge Programme who have recently completed, or are very close to completing, a doctorate. The Fellowship provides an exciting and unique opportunity for the successful candidate to gain experience in planning and running academic and cross-sector conferences and other events. The Fellow will also play a full part in the residential life of Cumberland Lodge, which has the feel of both a college and a country house conference centre.

The appointment is for 37.5 hours a week plus some residential weekend duties.

Cumberland Lodge

Cumberland Lodge is the home of an educational charity which was founded in 1947. The Lodge, which is a fine 17th century country house set in beautiful parkland, is owned by the Crown and was made available to the charity by King George VI. The charity’s Patron is Her Majesty The Queen.

The Lodge seeks to promote thinking and discussion for ‘the betterment of society’ through its own programme of events, by working in partnership with others, and by providing high class residential educational facilities for a wide range of academic, public and professional bodies. Regular users of Cumberland Lodge include the Government, the National Health Service, and the Inns of Court. The charity places particular importance on higher education, and each year over 3,000 students from universities in Britain and elsewhere come to Cumberland Lodge for conferences, retreats
and other activities.

Further information about the Lodge can be found on the website

The Cumberland Lodge Programme

The Programme has two objectives:
 to initiate fresh debate on social and ethical issues
 to provide educational mentoring for students and early career researchers

The Cumberland Lodge Programme runs a series of high-level discussions, seminars, conferences and lectures. Our work is guided by the belief that social problems and ethical dilemmas are best solved when people from different academic and professional backgrounds are given the chance to work together. The 2015/16 programme includes projects on mental health, public confidence in policing, the role of arts in international development, and the representation of religion in society. Further work is being developed in the area of extremism and social cohesion.

The Programme also offers opportunities for the educational development of students in a number of ways: educational retreats for school students; Cumberland Colloquia run by and for postgraduate students and early career researchers; the annual PhD student retreat; a student 2 bursary scheme; the Amy Buller PhD Scholarship (in association with Royal Holloway, University of London); and the Cumberland Lodge Scholarship programme.

King George VI Postdoctoral Fellow

The King George VI Postdoctoral Fellow will work as part of the Cumberland Lodge Programme team and is required to take the lead in researching and organising several projects and events. Expertise in subject areas relevant to the Programme is desirable; candidates who demonstrate an understanding of interfaith work, multiculturalism, social cohesion or conflict resolution will be particularly welcome. What is essential, however, is an enquiring mind and a willingness to engage with a wide range of disciplines.

The Fellow will be expected to chair plenary sessions at conferences, write conference briefing papers, and prepare conference reports for publication on the web and/or in print. The Fellow may also be asked to make contributions to the planning discussions and organisation of other Cumberland Lodge events. The Fellow will be involved in selecting conferences proposed by postdoctoral and doctoral researchers, as part of a scheme aimed at fostering academic careers.

The Fellow will also have co-responsibility for a conference for doctoral students, aimed at helping them deal with issues related to doctoral studies and their futures after graduation. The Lodge has recently launched a Scholarship scheme for PhD students, and the Fellow will have a role in the recruitment and mentoring of Cumberland Lodge scholars. The Lodge is initiating new streams of work and new ways of working, and the Fellow will be expected to make an active contribution to these strategic developments.

Residential Duties

The Fellow is required to live in a flat on-site and to play a role in the residential life of the Lodge. This includes being part of a duty rota when s/he will be on call up to 15 weekends per year. The Fellow will also provide back-up to the duty manager one evening per week, by being on call in the event of an emergency. 1.5 days off in lieu will be provided for each weekend on the duty rota.

The Fellow will also be required to give welcome talks to academic and professional groups about the history and purpose of Cumberland Lodge and accompany guests on tours of the Lodge.

Though Cumberland Lodge is a Christian foundation we welcome applicants of any belief,
providing they are willing to escort guests of the Lodge to, and attend, a Church of England service in the Royal Chapel in the Great Park on Sundays as one of their residential duties.

Person specification

We are looking for someone with proven academic or professional credentials who has the ability to work outside his/her area of specialism and across disciplines. The Fellow must be a versatile team player, willing to take initiatives, have ability and confidence to speak in public and network with leading professionals, and able to be involved in the practicalities of running events. Good IT skills are also a requirement, including the ability to use social media.

It is essential that the Fellow has a good public and professional manner, and is able to take responsibility not only for conference management but also for the general running of the Lodge (including being willing to have training in First Aid, collecting speakers from the train station, operating the fire alarms, etc.). An enhanced DBS check may be required.

A valid car driving licence is essential. Cumberland Lodge is situated in the heart of Windsor Great Park, with no access by public transport.


The taxable stipend is £20,000 p.a., and the Fellow has the option to join the Lodge’s generous pension scheme. A fully furnished one bedroom flat in the Lodge is provided free of charge, along with an office, utilities, WiFi, and at least one meal a day is available at the Lodge without charge. The holiday allowance is 25 days p.a.


Please apply by sending a CV with the names and contact details of two referees, and covering letter explaining why you are interested in this post, to the Principal, Canon Dr Edmund Newell, c/o Rebecca Sparkes, Cumberland Lodge, The Great Park, Windsor, SL4 2HP or

The closing date for applications is Friday 19th June 2015. Interviews will take place on Friday 10th July 2015.

The appointment is from 1st October 2015. The successful applicant will be invited to attend an induction weekend between 11 – 13 September 2015.