Student Ambassador and Mentoring Schemes

The Outreach and Partnership Team delivers a variety of activities throughout the year for young people from local schools and colleges.

Student Ambassador workshop

Student Ambassador workshop

Student Ambassadors showing children what Higher Education can be like

These events aim to show young people what Higher Education is like and encourage them to consider it themselves. We are always looking for enthusiastic, friendly students to help us stage these activities.

Student Ambassador Scheme

Student Ambassadors are current University students who work with local young people to help raise their aspirations, giving them the knowledge they need to make informed choices about HE. Ambassadors’ work is varied – they may be asked to staff a stand at a careers fair, give a presentation at a school assembly or show groups around the campus.

Being a Student Ambassador is very rewarding. Not only does it develop your communication and teamwork skills, it also increases your employability and gives you the opportunity to work in a variety of settings. Ambassadors are paid an hourly rate for their work.

As an Ambassador, you'll need to be hard-working and have a positive approach to Further and Higher Education. After attending a half-day training session, you'll be asked to take part in several events over the course of the academic year. All Ambassadors will need to undergo an enhanced level Criminal Records Bureau check.

Ambassador work is challenging, rewarding, full of variety and great fun – to get involved click here or please email us at opteam@soton.ac.uk.

Student Mentors

The Outreach & Partnership Team organise several Easter and Summer Schools, and Taster Days for Years 7-12 throughout the academic year. These activities last from one to five days. Student Mentors act as role models and group leaders for these events, helping pupils to engage with the academic programme and learn about University life.

Student Mentors often have to work long hours, particularly on residential events, but invariably find the whole experience very worthwhile and a lot of fun. As a Mentor, you'll gain an insight into working with young people, develop your teamwork skills and earn some extra cash. Wages range from £250-350 for a six day Summer School.

You'll need to be hard-working, enthusiastic and able to relate well to young people. After attending a Student Mentor training session, you will be expected to work for the duration of an event. All Student Mentors need to undergo an enhanced level Criminal Records Bureau check.

Easter/Summer Schools and Taster Days are hard work, but great fun, and offer valuable experience for those wishing to go into teaching or related professions.

If you would like more information about becoming a Student Mentor, please email us at opteam@soton.ac.uk.

Outreach and Partnership Team contact details:

Email: opteam@soton.ac.uk
Telephone: 023 8059 4737

“What made it worthwhile were those moments when you felt you had made a connection with a student… [and] got them thinking about university as a viable next step.”

Radha, (Student Ambassador, 2004-05)

“It is a very enjoyable and rewarding job, as well as a great opportunity to gain experience working with children.”

Emma, (Student Mentor, 2004-05)
Student mentors

Student mentors

Giving a class demonstration

“The best thing I have ever done.”

Immanuel, (Student Mentor, 2004-05)