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The Student Ambassador Scheme

Two student ambassadors, one male, one female, wearing turquoise ambassador tshirts, stand in Greg's Place on a sunny Open Day with Central Hall in the background.

Applying to be an ambassador

Applications are currently open for PG ambassadors, and will open soon for UG ambassadors.

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.

Skills development

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

Rates of pay

  • £9.77 an hour

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.

Unable to work?

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