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The Student Ambassador Scheme

Applications are now open and close on Sunday 11 October 2020 at 11.59pm

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We are working hard to raise aspirations and expand the recruitment of students who are currently under-represented in higher education and we would like you to get involved.

We recruit Student Ambassadors to work with potential students to communicate what life is like at York, what it means to be a student and to encourage them to apply to university. The role is a flexible, paid, part-time position, which could easily fit around your study.

We have two recruitment cycles in autumn and spring. You will be asked to submit an application and, if successful, attend a group interview. Training is robust as you will be an ambassador for the University and a role model for prospective students.

Skills development

The skills you develop as a Student Ambassador can contribute towards your York Award.

Rates of pay

  • Ambassadors under 25 years old: £8.20/hr plus holiday pay
  • Ambassadors aged 25 years and over: £8.72/hr plus holiday pay

Ambassador activities

  • Activities with school groups (students aged 11-18) exploring university life and applying to university
  • Student panels and talks
  • Campus tours for prospective students and parents/guardians
  • Open days
  • Taster and post-offer visit days

Role requirements

  • You should be familiar with widening participation issues
  • You should be proactive, enthusiastic and reliable
  • You should have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to respond to sometimes challenging situations
  • You will need to have a criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Compulsory training is provided.

Right to work

  • You will need to provide proof of your right to work in the UK. Your department will tell you how to arrange this.

Skills this role develops

Being a Student Ambassador helps you develop the following skills:

  • Communication - talking to a range of people from school students to parents
  • Team work - co-ordinating your work with other Ambassadors and University staff
  • Social and cultural awareness - meeting and working with people from a range of backgrounds
  • Problem solving / using your initiative - you may face unexpected challenges, which require you to change your approach. These incidents may also require resilience, persistence, tact, creativity and innovation.

Visit our Your employability skills page for more information about skills and how to develop them.

For help in presenting your skills and experiences in job or course applications, visit the CVs and applications page.

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Contact the Student Ambassador team on (01904) 324639 or email

Information for current ambassadors

See the Dashboard guidance, the new Casual Workers System.

Please submit your online timesheets by:

Deadline datePayment date
Saturday 15 August 2020 Monday 31 August 2020
Tuesday 15 September 2020 Wednesday 30 September 2020
Wednesday 14 October 2020 Friday 30 October 2020
Friday 13 November 2020 Monday 30 November 2020
Wednesday 9 December 2020 Thursday 24 December 2020

Unable to work?

If you are unwell and unable to work, please notify us as soon as possible: