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Student ambassadors have the opportunity to get involved with a wide range of events and activities.

Examples of typical work

All student ambassadors are trained to work on the following events and activities:

  • Leading campus tours for prospective students, university alumni, and other visitors.
  • Supporting campus visits from schools and colleges by assisting with the programme of activities. This may range from running a campus tour to delivering presentations on student life, choosing a course, or managing finances.Some visits also have a particular subject focus, so ESAs may also be asked to talk about their course.
  • Delivering workshops/presentations in schools by assisting with the programme of activities. This may cover topics such as student life, student finance, the EPQ qualification. Some visits also have a particular subject focus, so ESAs may also be asked to talk about their course. Some visits will be led by Next Steps South West (NSSW).
  • Helping to run the Open Days and Offer-Holder Visit Days by working in one of a variety of roles including campus tour leader, transport marshal, accommodation tour leader, student life presenter, information/academic fair marshal, signposting, or subject marshal.
  • Supporting the UCAS Higher Education Exhibitions in Exeter or Penryn by working as UCAS marshals during the event, supporting exhibitors and visitors and facilitating the seminar programme.
  • Manning a stand at Higher Education or Careers/Information Fairs and providing informative answers to queries from visitors.
  • Planning and delivering Subject Mentoring to small groups of young people in schools and colleges across the south west.
  • Participating in Subject Shadowing scheme, which enables year 12 students to spend a day with a student ambassador on campus made up of a lectures, seminars and an informal campus tour, so they can experience what life is like at a university.
  • Leading Subject Department Tours for prospective students and visitors.
  • Participating in various Photoshoots, Films and Focus Groups for the University of Exeter or partner organisations
  • Working with the Admissions team to answer calls on the Confirmation and Clearing Helpline
  • Supporting the office with some ad hoc administrative work before and after events
  • Helping with various Promotions for the student ambassador scheme, on-campus facilities, and student surveys


There is also the opportunity for student ambassadors to apply/train for further roles with the student ambassador scheme as follows:

  • Senior Student Ambassador Role: Senior student ambassadors are recruited at the start of each academic year from the pool of existing student ambassadors. They take on extra responsibilities and jobs in addition to the regular student ambassador role and take the lead on a variety of events both on and off campus. Senior work includes: assisting with the recruitment and training of new student ambassadors; working at UCAS conventions across the country; leading on campus events with local schools; leading a group of student ambassadors on open day activities; attending school careers/HE fairs to promote the University of Exeter.
  • E-Mentoring: There are various e-mentoring opportunities available for student ambassadors to apply to via the University of Exeter Progressions programme, the national Realising Opportunities programme, and the Brightside Mentoring programme. All the programmes support young people with the higher education decision making process.
  • Uncover Higher Education (HE) Programme: Student ambassadors can complete extra training to enable them to deliver this programme alongside a fellow student ambassador to groups of students in years 9-11 in local schools in the south west. The programme aims to provide key information, advice and guidance about Higher Education (HE) so that participants are able to make informed decisions about HE and their future.
  • Residentials/Summer Schools: Student ambassadors are employed to work on campus-based residentials, which aim to provide students with an insight into University life. There is also an opportunity to work on the International Summer School, which may include trips to London, Bath and St Ives.
  • Digital Ambassador Role: Student ambassadors can also apply to become a Digital Ambassador. The role involves working with the Communication and Marketing Team to create and contribute to the University of Exeter’s social media and digital content. This may involve blogging, vlogging, and engaging with prospective students via social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
  • AccessAbility and Wellbeing Ambassador Role: Student ambassadors who have (or have experience of supporting someone who has) a disability or long-term health condition can apply to become AccessAbility and Wellbeing Ambassadors. This role reflects all the components of the role of the existing Student Ambassadors; however, the key differentiating factor for the AWSAs is their ability to share their personal knowledge and experiences of disabilities/long-term health conditions with prospective students who have a disability or long-term health condition. AWSAs are also expected to have some basic knowledge or experience of disability support in higher education.