Are you proud to study at the University of Derby? Are you passionate about your course and keen to share your experiences about university with others? If the answer is yes, you may be interested in applying to be a Student Ambassador or a Unibuddy.

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The University of Derby Ambassador and Unibuddy schemes employ UG and PG students to work on a peer-to-peer basis with prospective students in a variety of settings such as Open Days, chatting via the Unibuddy platform, working in schools and colleges supporting delivery of information, advice and guidance sessions to prospective students.    

Ambassador and Unibuddy roles support our thriving and inclusive culture and enable prospective students from under-represented groups to engage with university life.  Promoting diversity and inclusion is a priority for the University and it is important that the diversity of our student body is reflected within our Ambassador and Unibuddy schemes.    

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, and actively encourage students who identify with a BAME background to apply for these student-facing roles.   

Student Ambassadors work with the Marketing department and Widening Access Team to help promote higher education and the University of Derby to prospective school and college students.

We work with students from Year 7-13 promoting the idea of Higher Education by using informative presentations, workshops, activities and visit days including working on our Open Days giving campus tours. These events are supported by our Student Ambassadors who will give their own personal experiences of university, work with groups to dispel myths and show students around the University and other student-related areas such as Halls of Residence and the Union of Students.

Student Ambassadors will be expected to have a professional manner, an ability to work in a team, confidence to talk to new people, a passion for their degree subject and an enthusiastic approach to working with young people and inspiring them to want to progress into higher education.

There are development opportunities available throughout your time as an Ambassador.

You will be expected to work on most Open Days which are mainly on Saturdays and some Wednesdays. 

Unibuddy is a peer to peer chat platform that enables our current students to have conversations about their university experience with prospective students.

Buddies work with the Schools and Colleges Liaison Team to promote the University and answer a variety of questions based on their own experiences. They are expected to have a professional manner, confidence to talk to a variety of enquirers, a passion for their degree subject and life as a student. 

See what Arvin thinks about being a Unibuddy here.

Watch our "What is Unibuddy and how to use it" video here.

Below are some comments from Ambassadors who have worked for the team:

"I have thoroughly enjoyed working for you during my 3 years at Derby and have gained many skills which I will be able to apply to my teaching. Thank you for making my time working here so enjoyable."

"Thank you for the great opportunity and experience, it is something I have recommended to all of my University friends. "

"I would like to take the opportunity to thank you and the rest of the team for improving my skills throughout the past 2 years and it has helped equip me ready for my career."

Once you have been successfully accepted onto the scheme you will be asked to show that you are eligible to work in the UK. Before you can begin your employment you must attend a drop-in session at The Hub based at Kedleston Road and complete registration documents that require you to have access to your bank details and National Insurance Number. You must also bring your right to work documents which must be in original form and match your name on the application, photocopies are not accepted. For more information about the types of documents that are accepted, please see the list below. It is very important that you complete this process as soon as requested, as we cannot employ you until all paperwork is finalised and approved.

Right to work accepted documents list

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Student ambassador speaking with delegates at the 2019 progression conference
A student ambassador working with primary school students during a school visit day

Julie Clough - Student Ambassador Line Manager

I’ve worked in the SCL team for a number of years, and at the University for 19 years! During this time I’ve worked with Ambassadors on numerous events delivering sessions in schools and colleges, on summer schools and at recruitment fairs. It is one of my favourite parts of the job, watching current students grow and develop while they are working with us. I am now really proud to be the first point of contact and Line Manager for all aspects of the Ambassador scheme at the University, and as a team we work hard to offer students the best possible rewarding experience and opportunities whilst working with us.

The scheme is a great opportunity to develop your skills, build your confidence and get some real work experience. In return we offer you a good rate of pay, opportunities to develop and constructive feedback to help you get ready for the world of work.

Thank you for your interest in the scheme and I wish you every success with your application.

Recruitment Dates

We are currently reviewing our recruitment dates for 2021-2022 and will release information in due course. If you would like to register your interest in becoming a Student Ambassador or a Unibuddy, you can do so below.

Register your interest

If you have any further questions regarding the Student Ambassador Scheme, please do not hesitate to contact us at


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