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Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors

Every year we are supported by our dedicated team of Student Ambassadors. Our Ambassadors represent the University and assist us in recruiting new students from around the world. We believe that our students are the best people to inform prospective students about life on campus and why studying with us can be a life-changing experience. Our students have been through the application process themselves and have experience that’s worth sharing, especially to those who are considering studying at the University of Sunderland.

Our Student Ambassadors work with our Home Student Recruitment service, who are responsible for recruiting students to the University by informing them of their choices and encouraging younger pupils to consider higher education (HE). The Home Student Recruitment service also coordinate and deliver a range of activities aimed at raising aspirations and providing opportunities for pupils to progress to HE.

What’s involved?

Student Ambassadors can access a variety of work which might include:

  • Supporting our Open Days
  • Leading individual visits or campus tours
  • Assisting school visits to campus, including Destination Uni and Primary2Uni
  • Attending schools and colleges
  • Attending HE fairs
  • Assisting with activities both on and off campus
  • Sitting on student panels to participate in audience Q&As
  • Assisting with the Bright Sparks STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths) Club
  • Working with your faculty to talk about your course
  • Assisting with our Applicant Summer School
  • Assisting with various marketing campaigns
  • Administrative duties

Why become a Student Ambassador?

Being a Student Ambassador will boost your personal and professional development by giving you opportunities to expand your interpersonal and networking skills, meet new people, improve your public speaking, and gain valuable experience in a large organisation.

Students who are successful in joining the Student Ambassador team also benefit from:

  • Paid casual work assignments
  • Flexibility to accept and decline assignments to suit your timetable
  • The opportunity to represent the University at local and national events
  • The opportunity to contribute to the University of Sunderland’s widening participation agenda
  • The opportunity to meet other Student Ambassadors and join our Student Ambassador community
  • A free uniform (t-shirt and hoodie)

Digital Student Ambassadors

Our Digital Student Ambassadors share their university experiences on our website and social media channels.

These socially-savvy students share their student life and experiences with prospective students on our new instant messaging app, The Access Platform (TAP). Our Digital Student Ambassadors also have the opportunity to act as an ambassador for their faculty, course and subject area, drawing on their personal experiences.

What’s involved?

Our Digital Student Ambassadors create their own profile on our instant messaging app platform and respond to questions from prospective students, parents/carers and influencers within 24 hours. They also have the opportunity to create content for our website and social media channels. This content is usually in the form of photos or short videos that showcase all aspects of student life, from lectures and field trips to mountain hikes and live music events!

Why become a Digital Student Ambassador?

Our Digital Student Ambassadors work with our Digital Content Team gaining valuable skills for their CV. Digital Student Ambassadors are paid for two hours work per week for responding to messages on TAP. Students who are successful in joining the Digital Student Ambassador team also benefit from:

  • The opportunity to apply for additional assignments in the form of creative briefs. These could include giving advice on preparing for exams, recommending gigs and shows, reviewing local places to eat and creating blogs and vlogs showcasing student life at Sunderland.
  • Flexibility to fit TAP around your timetable, with 24 hours to respond to chat requests
  • Career reference from TAP

Student Ambassador and Digital Student Ambassador work is paid at a rate of £9.19 per hour inclusive of holiday pay (Ambassadors aged 25 and over will be paid £9.77 per hour) correct at the time of publishing, June 2020.

More information

If you have any questions regarding the scheme or the application process, please email student.ambassador@sunderland.ac.uk or call 0191 515 3641.

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