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.
Overview of the scheme
The Exeter Student Ambassador Scheme (ESAS) is managed by the Student Recruitment Office (SRO). Student ambassadors are booked by the SRO 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; 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.
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
- 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
If possible, we are looking to 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
- be current undergraduate or postgraduate students at the University of Exeter
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.
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
Please note: if you are a postgraduate student who has applied to the student ambassador scheme this summer, and has an open application, you should refer to the emails you have received for the status of your application.
If you would like to apply to become a student ambassador please complete the application form here. The deadline to apply is: Friday 7 October 2022
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 application deadline, all applicants will be sent a link to an online skills test, which they must complete. The applications and skills test results will then be reviewed and shortlisted. Applicants that are successfully shortlisted will be invited to attend a group interview. The group interviews will be held on one of the following dates:
- Streatham and St Luke's Campus - Wednesday 9 November
- Penryn Campus - Wednesday 16 November
Candidates that attend an interview will be notified of the outcome via email by no later than Wednesday 23 November.
Successful candidates at interview will be invited to attend a compulsory training session on Saturday 21 January 2023. We will confirm nearer the time whether this training will take place in person or online. The day is expected to run between 10:00 – 17:00 . There will also be further campus tour training on Sunday 22 January.
Before starting work as a student ambassador, successful applicants will be required to:
- complete a criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service
- supply evidence of their right to work in the UK (further details can be found here)
If you would like to ask to ask any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that student ambassador work is casual work. Further information for casual workers engaged by the University can be found here and the terms and conditions for casual workers can be found here.