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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 exciting events and activities:

  • Leading campus tours for prospective students, university alumni, and other visitors. This is a chance for ESAs to share their enthusiasm, stories and personal experiences about the campus, as well as deliver some key information about the facilities and services the university has to offer.
  • 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. Many visits have a particular subject focus, so ESAs will also have the opportunity to share their enthusiasm, experiences and information about the course they are studying.
  • Delivering workshops/presentations in schools by assisting with the programme of activities. This may cover topics such as student life, student finance, choosing a course, or the EPQ qualification. Many visits have a particular subject focus, so ESAs will also have the opportunity to share their enthusiasm, experiences and information about the course they are studying. 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 for their college of study. These big events are a great opportunity for the student ambassador team to come together and deliver a fantastic day on campus for prospective students.
  • Supporting the UCAS Higher Education Exhibitions in Exeter or Penryn by working alongside staff from UCAS as part of a team of marshals during the event, supporting exhibitors and visitors and facilitating the seminar programme.
  • Manning a stand at Higher Education or Careers/Information Fairs: providing informative answers to queries from visitors, promoting the university or higher education more generally, and sharing first-hand experiences of life as a university student.
  • Planning and delivering Subject Mentoring to small groups of young people in schools and colleges across the south west, and helping them to achieve their academic potential.
  • 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. This is a chance for ESAs to share their enthusiasm, stories and personal experiences about their subject, as well as deliver some key information about the courses and department facilities.
  • Participating in various Photoshoots, Films and Focus Groups for the University of Exeter or partner organisations. This might involve the exciting opportunity to star in a social media campaign, be featured in the university prospectus, or provide informative feedback.
  • Working with the Admissions team to answer calls on the Confirmation and Clearing Helpline in August
  • 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
  • Working on summer or Easter residentials or summer schools: Student ambassadors have the chance to work on campus-based residentials, which aim to provide participants 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.
  • Contributing to the Exeter Scholars Programme: Exeter Scholars gives participants the opportunity to find out more about university develop a passion for a chosen subject and gain first-hand experience of student life at the University of Exeter. Student ambassadors have the chance to work with Scholars at various events (both on and off campus) and provide key information, advice and guidance about Higher Education (HE) so that participants are able to make informed decisions about HE and their future. Events include: an in-school tutoring programme, various launch and celebration events, subject workshops and events, conferences, and residentials (some of which have a specific subject focus).

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.
  • 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.