These roles will be allocated to candidates as soon as they are recruited to the Committee. These candidates may also be expected to take on one or more “additional roles”. It would be unusual for a single candidate to fill multiple “core roles”.
PRESIDENT (Annabel Lawrence, New College, Oxford)
The President of the Varsity Trip has the overall responsibility for ensuring that the Trip is a success from start to finish. As well as being the public face of Varsity Trip 2018 to the wider world, the President oversees the work of the other Committee members to ensure that every element of their work comes together as a unified whole.The President is chosen at the end of each calendar year by the outgoing Varsity Trip Committee, and is always a previous Committee member. They are then responsible for interviewing and selecting the rest of their Committee for the upcoming year.
VICE PRESIDENT: LOGISTICS & TECHNOLOGY (Ed Hardy, St. Peter’s College, Oxford)
As Vice President, Ed serves a similar role in the Varsity Trip Committee as in any other organisation: to act both as support to, and a substitute for, the President in the event that the President is unable to make a particular meeting or is double-booked. As last year’s Tech guru, Ed will continue to oversee the development of the Varsity Trip website and in-resort technology.
FINANCE (Aran Macfarlane, Pembroke College, Cambridge)
The Finance Director is responsible for managing the books and ensuring that Varsity Trip’s large budget comes in right on the line. Working closely with the whole Committee, the Finance Director is in charge of the most extensive accounts of any Oxbridge society. Now that Varsity Trip is a registered company, they are also responsible for preparing the annual accounts including records of every single transaction and receipt. Having been Design Director last year, Aran’s step-up will make sure his artistic precision is transferred to ensuring the best value for money for all our participants.
ENTERTAINMENTS (Juliette Wise, Homerton College, Cambridge)
In the past five years, Varsity Trip has attracted huge names such as Tinie Tempah, Rudimental, Katy B, DJ Fresh and Calvin Harris to some of the biggest parties ever thrown in the Alps. The Entertainments Director takes charge of the two largest events during the week: the festival-scale Opening and Final Night Parties. As last year’s College Rep Coordinator, Julie lives and breathes VT. Luckily for us, she also loves a big night out, and will be working with top-tier acts and industry professionals along the way to deliver an experience like no other.
Events Director is one of the most varied roles on committee. Broadly speaking, they look after apres at VarCity and all the other mid-week social events. In the past few years, Varsity Trip has seen comedy nights, mountain meals, crewdate/swap nights, pool parties, paint parties, snowball fights, and much more. This year we are looking for someone with heaps of energy and ideas to build upon the reputation of Varsity Trip and put on brand new events to keep the Trip’s timetable fresh for 2018.
It is the job of the Design Director to further develop of the most recognisable brands in Oxbridge. Seeing your own design on thousands of stash items, banners and online gives the Design Director a unique sense of reward and achievement. This role requires proficiency with the Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, etc) or equivalent, and you will be expected to send in a portfolio alongside your application to showcase this.
MEDIA & MARKETING
Whether participants are 1st year students with no skiing experience, or seasoned experts of Varsity Trip, the Marketing Director is expected to appeal to as wide an audience as possible to build on trip numbers. This role must also work extensively on all platforms of social media, creating facebook posts and videos. The Committee is looking for someone with bright, novel ideas, as well as a concrete understanding of how to enthuse Oxbridge students. Typically, this includes short promotional videos in the run-up to booking, followed by the famous Welcome and Final Videos that are produced and shown on the Trip itself. Candidates for this role are expected to apply with fresh ideas, be able to foresee potential obstacles, and discuss a rough plan to build on the previous professional level of the Trip’s media. This role requires editing skills in Adobe Premiere, Final Cut or equivalent as well as the ability to carefully select and work alongside a professional media team during the Trip itself, if desired. If applying for this role, please submit a portfolio showcasing previous work alongside your application.
For the week-long event a large amount of information needs to be published to our participants. The role is responsible for collating all the details of the trip, producing the content for the website, the official guides, and occasionally writing press releases for newspaper articles. The role is also responsible for promptly responding to and answering enquiries emailed to Varsity Trip. Each year Varsity Trip receives a huge number of emails from participants, charities and potential partners, all of which must be answered; the Committee needs someone who is well-organised and will respond accurately and politely to every enquiry.
VT REP COORDINATOR
The Rep Coordinator is responsible for a team of around 60 College reps, 30 ambassadors, and even more Freshers’ reps. They must be engaged in order to perform well and maximise Varsity Trip’s exposure across Oxford and Cambridge. The role also includes promptly and accurately answering the large number of enquiries from participants passed on by college reps. The Committee is looking for someone with great interpersonal skills and fresh ideas of how to improve the college rep and ambassador system. Existing college reps and ambassadors are especially encouraged to apply to this role.