Information for students
This page is designed for current students at the University of Exeter who are interested in finding out about the Exeter Student Ambassador Scheme.
Please note that we have a separate page for all current students who are only interested in working at the undergraduate university open days (rather than the full typical student ambassador work portfolio outlined below). For Penryn-based students, this can be found here, and for Exeter-based students here.
We also have another page here for postgraduate students only who are interested in supporting postgraduate-specific open days and recruitment activity (rather than the full typical student ambassador work portfolio outlined below).
Overview of the scheme
The Exeter Student Ambassador Scheme (ESAS) is managed by the Student Recruitment and Operations Team (SROps). Student ambassadors are booked by SROps and other university departments to work on a wide range of events and activities throughout the year. They share their first-hand experiences of life as a University of Exeter student to a variety of different audiences, providing a positive, authentic and unscripted insight into the world of higher education. The work student ambassadors undertake involves both promoting the University of Exeter as an institution to prospective students and visitors via recruitment activities; and helping to widen participation in higher education more generally by providing information, advice and guidance to young people from a diverse range of backgrounds who are under-represented via outreach activities.
Why get involved?
This is a great scheme to join if you:
- feel positive about higher education and the University of Exeter and want to share your experiences with others
- like to work with young people and recognise that they may need help in making important decisions regarding higher education
- are interested in working on the wide range of different events and activities outlined below (if you are only interested in being considered for work on University open days, please put your name on the applicable Open Day marshals list instead – see links above)
- want flexible work that fits well around your study commitments
- want work that will enhance your existing skillset and increase your employability (student ambassadors will have their work with ESAS listed on their Higher Education Achievement Report and may use their work on the scheme to gain the Exeter Award)
Who we are looking for
We recruit student ambassadors from all undergraduate courses and year groups, plus a range of postgraduate courses. Student ambassadors should:
- be enthusiastic
- have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds
- be brilliant team workers
- be professional, well organised and reliable
- be pro-active and able to use their own initiative to respond to different situations appropriately
Work is available for student ambassadors throughout the year. We encourage student ambassadors to apply for regular work on the scheme. The work hours are flexible and it should be possible for student ambassadors to choose shifts that fit comfortably around their study commitments, as well as link with the areas of work that they are most interested in.
The current student ambassador pay rate (as at November 2023) is £13.45 (£12.00 basic pay + £1.45 holiday pay) per hour.
Student ambassadors are given the opportunity to apply to work on an exciting variety of outreach and recruitment events and activities including:
- 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.
- 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 Dorset
- 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).
- 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 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.
- 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 with the Transition and Integration Team to welcome and support international students and helping out at various events organised by the team including Intercultural Cafés, on-campus Cultural events e.g. Diwali celebrations.
- Unibuddy and E-Mentoring: There are various e-mentoring opportunities available for student ambassadors to apply to the national Realising Opportunities programme, and the Unibuddy programme. All the programmes support prospective students with the higher education/University of Exeter decision making process
We have now reached the threashold for the numbers we can facilitate at interview, so applications have now closed. The next opportunity to apply will be in the 2024/25 academic year.
We welcome applications from all current students across the University of Exeter. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented on the scheme, including international students; Black, Asian and minority ethnic students; male students; care-leavers, and mature students.
The student ambassador scheme recruits all levels of study, including undergraduate, postgraduate taught (PGT) and postgraduate research (PGR) students
After the deadline, all applicants will be sent an email inviting them to a group interview, which will take place in person on one of the following dates:
- Wednesday 1 November 2023 for students with courses based on the Penryn campus
- Saturday 4 November 2023 for students with courses based on the Streatham and St Luke’s campuses
All candidates will also be asked to complete a right to work check with the HR team in advance of their interview. A right to work check simply involves supplying evidence of your right to work in the UK. Full details about the right to work check documentation can be found here. We recommend taking the time to ensure you have the paperwork required for the check now, just in case you need to get any documents posted to you beforehand.
Candidates that attend an interview will be notified of the outcome via email by no later than Friday 10 November 2023.
Successful candidates at interview will be invited to attend an all-day mandatory training session on Saturday 2 December 2023 on the Streatham Campus (transport will be provided for Penryn-based students). There will also be further campus tour training on Sunday 3 December 2023 on your campus of study. Both training sessions will take place in person.
Before starting work as a student ambassador, successful applicants will be required to complete a criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service plus an overseas criminal records check if needed.
If you would like to ask to ask any questions about the ESAS recruitment process, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our team will be happy to help.
Please note that student ambassador work is casual work. Further information for casual workers engaged by the University plus the terms and conditions for casual workers click here.