Our students are our best ambassadors
Our student ambassadors play a key role at University College Birmingham, assisting the Marketing, International and Admissions teams at events such as open days and applicant days, campus tours, summer residentials and visits by schools and colleges.
The student ambassador scheme provides opportunities for flexible, part-time work that will fit around your studies, enhance your CV, broaden your skills and boost your employment prospects – plus, you get paid £9.50 + £1.15 Holiday pay per hour!
Being an ambassador also offers a fantastic head start in becoming involved in a range of other programmes our Marketing team offer. Please click the dropdown sections below to find out more if you are interested in any of the following opportunities:
Uni Connect Programme
Funded by the Office for Students (OfS), the Uni Connect Programme (previously NCOP) is a national project to raise aspirations towards higher education. Working with young people aged 14 to 19 (Years 10 to 13), Uni Connect supports young people to make informed decisions about their future.
To facilitate this, and to reflect the range of people, we offer a variety of engagements such as events on our University College Birmingham campus, mentoring, mock interviews, careers fairs and workshops, as well as talks and assemblies in schools. University College Birmingham ambassadors offer a unique perspective for the young people we work with and are essential to the work that we deliver.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any queries regarding our Uni Connect programme.
Unibuddy is a platform that offers support and advice from current students at University College Birmingham. This platform gives prospective students an insider’s view on what it’s like to study, live and socialise at University College Birmingham and around Birmingham.
Unibuddy is powered through direct messaging, which is all monitored, and gives prospective students a chance to have their questions answered in a safe and honest environment.
Want to get involved? Simply email Mariam (Marketing Officer) with 250 words on why you want to be a Unibuddy ambassador, as well as your year of study and the course you are currently undertaking: email@example.com
Our Schools Liaison and Outreach team work closely with the Aimhigher partnership to run a fantastic mentoring programme where our undergraduate students provide 1:1 support lessons for local secondary school pupils.
Find out more and how you can get involved
For any queries regarding the Aimhigher mentoring programme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Unsure about becoming an ambassador?
See what our current ambassadors have to say about the role.
Ambassador Canvas Page
This year, our Marketing team have worked incredibly hard to create a private Canvas page for our ambassadors. This Canvas page has been designed to be your online guide for all things ambassador-related.
It will include a discussion board where you can chat with other ambassadors to get to know one another and your ambassador handbook, which contains absolutely everything you need to know about the role. From dress code expectations to outlining your roles and responsibilities to how we reward your hard work, this handbook will be your best friend and help ease any worries you might have – and the best thing is it can never get lost!
We are always looking to improve the way we do things for your ease, so at the end of the year, you will be invited to complete a feedback form on how you have found using the Canvas page and if there is anything we can do to improve it.
Frequently asked questions
What is a Student Ambassador?
Our ambassadors are current students on college, undergraduate or postgraduate courses at University College Birmingham. They are official student representatives and help to promote our courses to potential students and young people from a diverse range of backgrounds. The student ambassador scheme supports the recruitment and outreach work of the Marketing, International and Admissions department.
What will I be expected to do?
Ambassador jobs are available throughout the year, both during and outside term-time. Events take place on weekdays, evenings and weekends.
Although this is a flexible job, we expect all ambassadors to work a minimum of three shifts per semester. As well as this, open days and applicant days are the biggest commitment, and we require ambassadors to work as many of these as possible to ensure we have enough help for all the events. Ambassadors might be taking groups on a campus tour, registering visitors on reception, taking part in a student Q&A session or helping visitors find their way among many other tasks. Adaptability is key!
Ambassadors should be passionate about University College Birmingham and excited to share their experiences with others. They should have a detailed knowledge of the campus and the departments outside their own course area, although we do provide full training once employed. They are an important part of the team, with both prospective students and their parents valuing the insight provided by real students.
What personal qualities do I need to be a Student Ambassador?
Student ambassadors must be reliable. When you are working, we expect you to be on time and ready to get involved. Most events have a briefing that all ambassadors must attend at the start of their shift.
Being able to work as part of a team is also important. You’ll be working alongside Marketing, International and Admissions staff as well as the University’s academic staff and other student ambassadors.
You will work on a large variety of different events, so you must be adaptable and willing to take part in a range of different tasks. Everything we ask you to do will be important, no matter what role it is.
Many of our events are an opportunity for prospective students to learn about our courses and discover more about University College Birmingham and the student life here, so our ambassadors must be passionate and enthusiastic. Sharing your personal experiences and being on hand to offer help and guidance is a great way to make people feel welcome.
Full details of your roles and responsibilities can be found in the ambassador handbook on Canvas.
What is the recruitment process like?
Applications for the 2022/23 student ambassador intake are now open. If you are interested, please click the button below to be redirected to the application form. Applications will close on Friday, 7 October 2022, at 12pm.
A copy of the job description and person specification has also been attached below. Please refer to this when completing the application form.
Paper copies of the application form are also available from the 2nd Floor in The Link building.
To be eligible to apply, you must:
- Currently be studying a college, undergraduate or postgraduate course at University College Birmingham
- Meet some or all the qualities of the person specification
What is the selection process?
If you are successful at the application stage, you will be invited to an in-person group interview on the week commencing 17 October 2022. The exact date of this interview will be confirmed nearer the time.
Following a successful interview, you will be required to complete a two-part training programme to ensure you are ready to work shifts. Both parts of the training are compulsory:
- Face-to-face training to take place on weeks commencing 31 October and 7 November 2022.
- Online training to be completed via Canvas. Must be completed by Tuesday 22 November 2022.
All correspondence regarding the progress of your application will be made via e-mail.
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