Careers and Enterprise

Queen Mary Student Ambassador

Engage with prospective students, strengthen your skills, meet new people and share your passion for Queen Mary.

QMUL Student Ambassadors are part of the Student Recruitment and Widening Participation team within the central Marketing & Communications directorate, and are separate to academic schools Student Ambassadors.

By acting as positive role models, Student Ambassadors are vital to young people’s decision making and aspirations. They play a key part in the University’s recruitment and widening participation work by representing Queen Mary and championing higher education.

Become a Student Ambassador at Queen Mary and have the fantastic opportunity to engage with prospective students and their stakeholders, strengthen your employability skills, enhance your CV, inspire young people to succeed, share your passion for Queen Mary and play a key role at promoting and representing the University, as well as making new friends from across the institution.

We are Team Mary

student ambassador david headshot‘I’ve been a Student Ambassador for a year now, and I’ve been involved in many events around the university, including high-  profile events such as Bill Gates’ visit and Nish Kumar’s stand-up comedy night. Additionally, I’ve represented Queen Mary at higher education fairs and sixth form talks. Through my role as a Student Ambassador, I have gained confidence speaking to new people, from campus tour groups to large groups of sixth form students. I have also improved my presentation and writing skills, which has been useful in my degree and will be useful beyond my degree. As well as learning new skills, I’ve helped new and prospective students, and worked with sixth form career services to help support people who might not think they are able to go to university.

These experiences are valuable because when I look back at my time in Queen Mary, I can appreciate the amazing people I’ve met, the people I’ve inspired and the changes and events I was part of.’David, current Queen Mary Student Ambassador and 2nd year Biomedical Science student

Dina student ambassador headshot‘I've been an ambassador with UKSR and WP since first year (roughly 4 years). Throughout, ambassadoring has given me countless opportunities to push myself. I've learnt so much about my university - as the job has afforded me special insight into how things work here. I've also met countless people - prospective students and their guests, other ambassadors, even other recruitment teams from other parts of the country when working at HE or UCAS fairs. The experience of working as an ambassador has been endlessly enriching in my time as an undergraduate, both personally and for my career - with the skills and experiences I've had as a result of my work.’Dina, recent Queen Mary Student Ambassador and graduate

Could you be a UK Student Recruitment Ambassador?

If you are confident, enthusiastic and passionate about Queen Mary University of London, then you could be a fantastic addition to the Student Ambassador team. Ambassador responsibilities are diverse and include:

  • Representing the university at Higher Education fairs and UCAS conventions
  • Supporting large-scale university events such as open days, conferences and school visit days
  • Delivering campus tours for prospective students and their families
  • Sharing first-hand experience through talks, student panels and workshops for a range of audiences, including young people from the age of 11 upwards
  • Interacting with prospective students digitally at virtual open days
  • Assisting with activities offered as part of our Widening Participation Summer School programmes (week-long summer schools in a variety of subjects).

There will be further opportunities to work for other departments across the institution on other events, such as welcome week, graduations, conferences and public lectures. More details can be found in the job description below.

Job description [PDF 183KB]

Code of conduct [PDF 215KB]

What qualities are we looking for in a Student Ambassador?

Our Student Ambassadors represent the face of Queen Mary and are often the first point of contact for visitors. We are looking for students who are:

  • Confident and enthusiastic
  • Passionate about QMUL
  • Reliable and committed
  • Great communicator
  • Versatile team players who can take initiatives when needed
  • Proactive with a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Responsible
  • Organised and punctual

This programme is open to all current Queen Mary students and we are looking for students from all academic schools, and are particularly interested in hearing from any male students who could take part. 

Why join the programme?

Be part of something: As a Student Ambassador, you will join a dynamic team of students from diverse backgrounds. From undergraduate to postgraduate, the scheme provides a supportive and stimulating network for students of all academic areas and the chance to build friendships.

Make a difference: Promote social justice through our Widening Participation programmes and have a positive impact on the lives of younger students. Help young people with their decision making by providing insight into your first-hand experience and knowledge.

Build your CV: Professional skills and experience have never been more important for graduates and our Ambassador programme provides many opportunities to strengthen your CV. As part of the programme, you will receive comprehensive training in a wide range of areas, including professional development training. We will also support you in recognising the skills you have achieved and how to transfer these into your CVs and personal statements.

Be recognised on your HEAR transcript: The Higher Education Achievement Report is a digital record of all your achievements during your time at university, which helps you to demonstrate your potential to future employers. Your time as a Student Ambassador will also be recorded in there.

Get paid the London Living Wage: Queen Mary was the first accredited university in the UK to pay a real Living Wage in 2006, and is a proud founding partner of the Living Wage Foundation. Get paid the London Living Wage while having fun! You will be paid at £10.93 per hour plus holiday pay.

Working hours:

Work opportunities will be offered on an ad-hoc basis as and when they are available and Ambassadors choose whether to apply based around their academic studies. This allows students to maintain a manageable balance between their professional and academic work.

Whilst this is a flexible role, Queen Mary Student Ambassadors are required to do a minimum of 30 hours of work per 12 month period of engagement on the scheme, usually from November to October.

Students on a Tier 4 visa are restricted to work a maximum of 20 hours per week during term time. This is a maximum of 20 hours in total in any one week for one or more departments and/or organisations. Whilst the student recruitment and widening participation team will monitor the number of hours these Student Ambassadors have worked for us, it is the student's responsibility to ensure the total hours worked does not exceed this limit across all jobs you may have.

Masters students are expected to work on their dissertation/project throughout the summer – for these students, this period between the end of Semester 3 and their course end date is not a vacation. For Master’s and PhD students on Tier 4 visas the maximum 20 hour limit applies all year round.

How to apply:

Students interested in applying to become a Queen Mary Student Ambassador should complete the application form in the link below.

Please be aware that applicants must be available for one of two assessment days and training days.

Key Dates:

  • Applications open – Wednesday 4 September 2019
  • Applications close – 9am Thursday 3 October 2019
  • Invites to Assessment day – Tuesday 8 October 2019
  • Assessment day option 1 – Wednesday 16 October 2019, timing TBC (afternoon)
  • Assessment day option 2 – Date TBC (likely after 5pm)
  • Invites to Training day – Monday 21 October 2019
  • Training day – Saturday 26 October 2019 Full Day

Questions?

Contact the Student Ambassadors team on 020 7882 8406 or email studentambassadors@qmul.ac.uk


Placement: Paid Location: On campus