Student Ambassadors

What do they do?

Our Student Ambassadors work as part of a highly motivated professional team, supporting a variety of departments across the University at open, applicant and interview days and other events.

Students can be Central Student Ambassadors, undertaking activities on open days such as guest registration or campus tours, or they can be Subject-Specific Student Ambassadors talking about their course in more depth.

We recruit Student Ambassadors from across the full range of courses and from diverse backgrounds and experiences because we want to ensure that they are representative of our entire student body.

When can I apply?

Applications to become a Central Student Ambassador will open on Jisc Surveys in October 2020.

If you are interested in being a Subject-Specific Student Ambassador, ask one of your academic staff to recommend you to the Student Ambassador team at studentambassadors@plymouth.ac.uk.

Why become a Student Ambassador?

"The feeling of being a representative of the University is my favourite thing about this role. It gives me a huge sense of belonging in this prestigious institution. I’ve made so many friends and gained so many new experiences. It’s a collection of smiles, memories and learning, probably my greatest highlight in University life."

Sumalka Mendis 

MPhil/PhD Business with Management (Stage 2)

Lights, camera, action!

Watch our Student Ambassadors in action and learn about what it is like to be a Student Ambassador with the University of Plymouth. 

Listen to current students talk about the work they get involved in and what it feels like to be part of a dynamic team assisting with the delivery of key University events.

Watch our video above, or on YouTube.
 

 

Student Ambassador case studies

"I used to be shy and afraid to talk to people because I thought my English was bad as English is not my first language. After joining the ambassador team, I feel much more confident because I get to talk to different people from different backgrounds and work with them. I have not only gained confidence but also my communication skills have improved."

Cindy Ng
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy (Stage 1)

"Every shift I’ve done as an ambassador I’ve worked with new people, in different years and on a complete variety of courses. My favourite thing is the opportunity to cross paths with people you otherwise may never get to meet. The pay is good, the shifts are very easy to fit in around your studies (if you’re available you work, if you’re not you don’t!) and its fun!"

John Williams
BSc (Hons) Ocean Science and Marine Conservation (Stage 1)

"I originally applied for the position of student ambassador because they made such a huge impression on me at my open day and I wanted to do the same for prospective students. Being a student ambassador is an excellent way to enhance your University career by meeting new interesting people and experiencing a wide range at events; I would recommend it to anyone!"

Jemma Gibson
BSc Environmental Science (Stage 3)

"Talking to prospective students is a great way to boost confidence and increase communication skills. Employers like to see candidates engaging with extracurricular activities and it’s even better if it relates to your course. Encouraging the next generation of students to study at the University of Plymouth is a great feeling!"

Rebecca Dickson
MSc Planning (Stage 5)

"The skills you gain and improve upon whilst working as an Ambassador are so significant. Starting off in my first year, I was very quiet, reserved and struggled to talk to new people because my social skills weren’t too great. By acquiring the role and subsequently covering events, it made social interaction I previously struggled with, so much easier and natural."

Kyle Foster-Smith
BSc (Hons) Paramedic Practitioner (Stage 3)

"I have really enjoyed being a Student Ambassador. I have had the opportunity to represent my degree course and tell prospective students about my experience and the realities of studying my course. Being able to work with academics to support and inform has increased my confidence, leadership and practical skills. I would really recommend the Student Ambassador role. It is a great way to develop your employability skill set, meet new people, work in partnership with academics, represent the University and earn money. If you are proactive, consistent, and are seen to work hard, then opportunities will come to you!"

Adeola Olajide
BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (Stage 2)

What do our staff say about our Student Ambassadors?

"Student Ambassadors provide a unique link between students, applicants and academics especially on our applicant, interview and open days. We regularly receive feedback from families on how approachable, friendly and welcoming they were. To have a group of students that are passionate, enthusiastic and genuinely love life at the University of Plymouth is something we never underestimate; they are an invaluable resource to us."

Catherine Clarke 
Events Administrator

"Our student ambassadors are an extension to our team, they bring our events to life! They play a key role in supporting the delivery of our activities whether it is a tour of the campus, being our Children’s University cub or answering the phones in our call centres. The positive feedback from prospective students and their families about their honesty, enthusiasm, friendliness and welcoming nature is overwhelming after each event that we run. It is honestly a pleasure to work with our team of ambassadors."

Heather Shepherd
Conversion Events Team Leader

"Student ambassadors are incredibly important. There is no-one better to represent our course and our university than the students themselves. We trust our student ambassadors implicitly to communicate with potential students, parents of potential students, VIPs and Visitors both on campus and sometimes off-campus at other events; to share their honest experience of being a student with us and it is through this, that the most realistic impressions of the university are made and student ambassadors give our reputation visibility and credibility."

Thomas M Walvin
Lecturer in Adult Nursing / Admissions Tutor


"As a midwifery lecturer I really value and enjoy working with our student ambassadors. They have a key role to play in supporting existing and potential students. As a student ambassador you would be a valuable resource on open and interview days as well as supporting outreach events. Potential new students really value being able to talk to those who are actually completing the course and can tell them about the student experience at the university. Candidates and school children find ambassadors easy to approach and are able to ask them questions that they may not wish to ask the lecturers."

Angela Thompson
Midwifery Lecturer and Admissions Tutor