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Job opportunity: Become a Black Access Ambassador

Posted on 25 October 2021

Join the Access and Outreach team in the delivery of a new programme aimed at sixth form and college students from a Black background.

This programme has been developed due to the unique challenges and barriers that individuals from a Black background may face. In 2019, just under 51,000 students from a Black ethnic group were accepted to a full-time undergraduate course in the UK. While this has improved on previous years, the number of students at higher-tariff institutions from a Black background is approximately only 8% of the student body. In the Access and Outreach team, we are committed to developing this student-led project, which is designed for Black students, by Black students, with the aim of supporting more Black students to progress to high-tariff universities, such as the University of York.

We are recruiting around 10 current University of York students to join our team of Black Access Ambassadors. As a Black Access Ambassador you will be the face of the Black Access programme, engaging with students in multiple ways. Firstly, you will be involved in the development and delivery of live events, both in-person and virtually. You will also be providing support to students, answering queries and sharing your experience on a weekly basis through a chat function on an online platform.

As a Black Access Ambassador, you will:

  • Support the creation and delivery of virtual and in-person activities for students on the Black Access programme
  • Provide support through a chat function to students on a weekly basis
  • Play a fundamental role in the implementation of safeguarding practices and GDPR and safeguarding compliance when supporting with the delivery of the programme
  • There may be opportunities to support the Black Access Interns with content creation
  • Support the Black Access team with other relevant tasks related to the programme

Black Access is fundamentally a student-led opportunity. Your expertise, insight and contribution will shape the experience of the programme for participating students. Your work with us will be centred around providing positive role models for higher education, specifically at the University of York. You will be expected to share your own experiences in an authentic way, to support the young people on the programme.

Due to the nature of the project, we would particularly welcome applications from University of York students who are current members of the African Caribbean Society or are of a Black background.

Black Access Ambassadors will be paid the Student Ambassador rate per hour: £9.77/hr plus holiday pay for a total of £10.95/hr.

  • Find out more in the job description.
  • Applications close at 9am Friday 19 November.

You may also be interested in becoming a Student Supporter.