Steve Watts has worked in Higher Education since 1979. He came to Cambridge University in 1970 from a comprehensive school in South Yorkshire, received a Cambridge degree and went on to graduate work in Sussex University and again in Cambridge. He has taught English Literature for all of the colleges of the University and became a Foundation Fellow, Lecturer in English and Admissions Tutor in Homerton College when it became one of the constituent colleges of the University. Since working in Homerton he has been a Trustee of the College, as well as being an academic officer and a member of College Council. For Cambridge University he chaired the Intercollegiate Admissions Forum for 6 years. He became a Director of what became Cambridge Academic Partnership in 2017.
In 2019 he was appointed Chair of Governors for the Galfrid School as it joined CAP, and as the whole partnership merged with United Learning. In 2019 he retired from his full-time post in Homerton but is still a personal Tutor there and still teaches undergraduates. He has recently agreed to be an Arts Admissions Tutor for another college, Selwyn.