Student Ambassador schemes
Develop your skills, make friends and earn some extra money by becoming a Student Ambassador at City!
One of the many ways you can get involved during your time at City is by becoming a Student Ambassador. Ambassadors work within many teams within the University to provide an authentic student approach helping a range of people, both internally and externally.
At City, there are three different schemes available to be a part of. While each of them might have some overlap with others for what you might do in the role, they all have their own individual aims and target audiences.
- Widening Participation (WP) Ambassadors
- Student Voice Ambassadors
- Marketing Student Ambassadors (three separate roles)
- Brand Ambassadors
- Event Ambassadors
- Schools Liaison Ambassadors
Also, all Ambassador schemes at City are paid so provide a great way of earning some extra money around your studies.
You can apply to as many as you like – just remember to consider balancing your studies with work.
Widening Participation (WP) Student Ambassadors
City’s WP team works with schools and colleges in areas of deprivation or with low rates of progression into higher education and with young people who will be the first in their family to attend university, young carers and those who have refugee or asylum seeker status.
WP Ambassadors support the team, acting as role models to inspire young people in Year 5 through to Year 13 (9-18 years old), to think about university, share your experience and support them in making realistic choices about their future. Ambassadors work as mentors, presenters, group leaders, tour guides and facilitators, all with support and supervision from the WP team.
Students are paid £9.50 per hour (plus holiday pay).
For more information, you can visit the WP Ambassador page on ExperienceCity and you can also learn about the work the WP team do via their blog.
How do I apply for the Widening Participation Student Ambassador role?
Applications are now open! You will need to complete the online application before Sunday 9 October 2022, 5pm.
You should talk about any work/voluntary experience in supporting young people as well as answering some questions relating to young people and Higher Education. Applications will then be shortlisted and successful candidates will be invited to an assessment centre.
As this scheme involved working with young people, all successful applications will also need to complete a DBS check.
Are there any other opportunities with the WP team?
If you are interested in the work the WP team do, you may also be interested in the Widening Participation Tutoring Scheme. You can find out more about this on the ExperienceCity website.
Student Voice Ambassadors
Student Voice Ambassadors are all about providing student feedback and input into projects designed to support and enhance the student experience, so you can really make a difference to you and your peers time at City. In particular, the scheme is set up to enable student involvement in projects relating to the following strategies:
- Education and Student Strategy (ESS)
- Access and Participation Plan (APP)
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy (EDI Strategy)
There are two roles available within the scheme:
- Student Voice – providing feedback via surveys, focus groups and email (students are paid £10.65 inclusive of holiday pay)
- Student Project – writing content, creating videos, supporting with projects (students are paid £19.34 inclusive of holiday pay)
You can apply to either or both streams depending on your interests.
You can find more information on this role in the Student Voice Ambassador job description.
How do I apply for the Student Voice Ambassador role?
Applications are now open! You will need to complete the online application before Sunday 16 October 2022, 11.59pm.
In your application you will need to detail why you would like to join the scheme. Applications will then be shortlisted and interviews will happen soon after.
Marketing Student Ambassadors
Marketing Student Ambassadors represent City at events on campus, off campus, online and support with content production and promoting City virtually. The number of people they engage with can vary from a handful to hundreds depending on the type of event and platform.
Within this scheme there are three roles you can apply for and each has its own activities.
Brand Ambassadors focus on all things digital to show what City is like through your eyes through means such as:
- Content production (student blogs/vlogs, student testimonials)
- Social media
- Unibuddy (an online peer-to-peer platform)
- Photo and/or video shoots
- Focus groups, opinion panels, market research activities
- Internet forums (i.e. the Student Room)
You can find more information on this role in the Brand Ambassador job description.
If applying to this role you should talk about why you chose to come to City, relevant experience and what roles you would like to get involved with, for example writing blogs, appearing in photoshoots or taking part in focus groups.
Events Student Ambassadors support with the delivery and success of events on campus and online, including:
- Undergraduate Open Days
- Postgraduate Open Evenings
- Undergraduate Applicant Days
- Taster Days
- Campus Tours
- Online and Virtual Events
You can find more information on this role in the Events Ambassador job description.
If applying to this role, you should talk about why you chose to come to City and your experience within a customer service environment.
Schools Liaison Ambassadors
Schools Liaison Student Ambassadors represent City at a variety of events, talking directly to prospective students, their teachers, and their families about your student experience, our courses and entry requirements.
The types of student recruitment events a Schools Liaison Ambassador would attend are:
- Higher Education Fairs and Exhibitions
- Visits to City's campus
- Talks and workshops
- Online events
You can find more information on this role in the Schools Liaison job description.
What do Marketing Student Ambassadors get asked about?
Marketing Ambassadors are asked many questions about life as a student, from choosing universities to the UCAS process to student life. Some of the common topics you may be asked about are:
- Final year at school - what subjects did you study, differences between school and university, how to research universities, what did you write in your personal statement?
- Your course - what modules do you study, why did you choose this subject and whether or not you are enjoying it.
- Why you chose City - was it for the strength of the course, did it feel 'right' to you and looking back would you choose it again
- Accommodation - where did you stay in your first year, how are the halls of residence and what is it like living at home versus staying in halls
- Student life - what the local area is like, recommendations for good places to eat etc. and what is the Students' Union like.
- Clubs and societies - what clubs and societies does City have and have you been involved in anything (if so, what)
- Sports - what sports clubs does City have and what are the sports facilities like.
What makes a good ambassador?
- Current City undergraduate and postgraduate students
- Enthusiastic about City and the benefits of higher education
- Have a good knowledge of City’s Schools, services and campuses, and a willingness to learn more about the campus and university structure
- Friendly; able to speak to a diverse range of people who may be shy or unsure about university
- Reliable, organised, good at timekeeping, able to show initiative and work with minimal supervision
- Professional. Ambassadors represent City and should be naturally courteous and professional
Some Ambassador roles may require more specific skills which you can find in each job description.
How do I apply for the Marketing Student Ambassador role?
Applications are now open! You will need to complete the online application before Sunday 30 October 2022, 11.59pm.
Depending on which role(s) you are applying for, you will need to talk about different things in your application. You should refer to the above roles for this.
If you have any questions about these roles, do get in touch.
Marketing Team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Voice: email@example.com
Widening Participation: firstname.lastname@example.org