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Student Ambassadors

Student ambassadors work primarily for the UK recruitment team and support on a wide range of events

This can include working on anything from primary school visits to the University, helping on the large University open days in the summer or going to schools to attend careers fairs. Even better you get paid for all the work that you do!

For more information please email: recruitment@cumbria.ac.uk

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Who are UK Recruitment?

The UK Recruitment team works closely with schools, colleges, teachers and parents to provide access and information to prospective students through a wide range of media and activities. UK Recruitment consists of three teams.

Every year the university organises a series of Open Days, Visit Days and Interview Day events. Our aim, on these different days, is to provide a clear impression of student life at the university. This means we give prospective students information on a range of topics from finance to student support. However, we cannot give the student perspective of University life so this is where you come in. We are looking for Ambassadors from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups, covering as many of our core subject areas as possible, from across all of our campuses.

Selection and training

Our next Selection and Training Days are as follows:

How often will you need me?

Interview and visit days are generally on Wednesday afternoons, with open days taking place during the week and at weekends. A large proportion of the work on these days is campus tours and generally assisting visitors on campus.

We organise a lot of school/college visits onto campus and therefore need Student Ambassadors to assist with workshops, leading campus tours and doing student life talks. There may be occasions that you are asked to go into schools with us to do similar work.

Other types of work that you could be involved in is representing the university at careers and H.E fairs, marketing / media and communications work and on occasion some office work. However, signing up to be a student ambassador does not mean that you have to work every time we contact you. You are under no obligation to work as the work is flexible and if you cannot work it does not mean we won’t contact you again.

Will I have to show people round the campus?

Part of being a student ambassador is showing prospective students around campus, including accommodation, Students' Union and catering amongst other things.

You will receive campus tour training and would normally 'shadow' an experienced ambassador once or twice first. We'll be running a series of training sessions across all of our campuses.

What else do ambassadors do?

You need to be able to answer general questions about what it is like to be a student at the university. This could be anything from talking about lectures in general or explaining your specific degree programme, to telling prospective students what there is to do on and off campus outside classes. You're here to give information from a student point of view. We cover many general points in our training sessions.

You may be given the chance to facilitate workshops for visiting schools. This will be working with pupils in Years 7-13, and sometimes with primary school groups. You would always be informed of which activities were being used and how you should help. You soon get to know the activities used. From time to time student ambassadors are needed for clerical and office work.

What sort of person are you looking for?

We need people who want to help and give a student perspective on life at the university. You need to be able to communicate clearly with groups of between 2 and 50 people and have no problem answering questions from all age groups. You need to have the ability to appear bright and cheerful, whatever your real mood, and most importantly, present a calm, polite exterior. A sense of humour is always good to have too!

What will I get for being an ambassador?

Well, firstly you get paid £6.95 per hour which is an extra help to any student. Many of our current students really enjoy their role as ambassador for the university, and get a lot out of talking to potential new students who are in a similar situation they themselves were in a couple of years ago. It also allows you to expand your individual skills, such as communication skills, time keeping, thinking on your feet and confidence in your own ability - and you can include it on your CV!

If you have any more queries, please don't hesitate to contact us at recruitment@cumbria.ac.uk.

If you like being a Student Ambassador why not be a student mentor?

Student mentors work in school with a small group of Year 9 students. You plan and deliver five in-school sessions on a range of issues, including finance or student life. The final session is a campus visit for the students that you have been working with.

Along with a partner mentor you will deliver five in school sessions as well as a campus visit here at the university. For more information please email Alison Otto - Student Involvement Co-ordinator.

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