Due to the current situation with COVID-19 ambassador work will only be available on campus or virtually, this means there are limited opportunities.
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 as well as 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.
The Central Student Ambassador role isn’t just limited to open/applicant days – below are just some examples of work our central ambassadors have been involved with:
- Call centres
- Spring fairs
- Social media takeovers
- Welcome Week
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 are now closed, applications will re-open in Autumn 2021.
As a subject-specific ambassador or a student worker, you may be asked to work directly by an academic member of staff in your department at other times throughout the year. If this is the case they will ensure you are issued with the correct documentation, including a letter of engagement, prior to you undertaking any work.
Right to work checks
If you are a student worker for the University you must have a current right to work check completed before you commence any work (this is a legal requirement). Please book an appointment on myCareer and read the event details carefully as you will need to complete the starter form and send us a copy of your ID (all explained in the event details).
Alternatively if you cannot make the dates/times provided you can email email@example.com several days before you are due to begin working so that we can look in to this for you.
If you are working as a subject-specific ambassador or a student worker you should ensure you notify the person undertaking your right to work check who you are working for.
Rate of pay
Ambassadors are paid a standard rate of £9.89 an hour. A higher rate of £10.55 an hour is only given on certain occasions; if you are on the higher rate, this will be communicated to you beforehand.
you can book an appointment on myCareer, please read the event details
carefully before booking on.
How many hours can I work?
A sensible guideline for all full-time students is to work no more than 15-20 hours per week term time. Remember that your studies need to take priority.
If you are an international student, you should check your visa. Your visa should tell you if you can work and for how many hours a week. If you are allowed to work, this will usually be for no more than 20 hours per week. Find more information on our International Student Advice pages.
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."
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."
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!"
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!"
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!"
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."
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!"
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."
"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."
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."
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."
Midwifery Lecturer and Admissions Tutor