Student Ambassador Scheme

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.

A Student Ambassador taking two primary school students on a campus tour
A student Ambassador helping a year 12 student on a computer 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 17 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 ready for the world of work.

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

Are you looking for:

  • Paid employment - Our Ambassadors are paid a competitive rate
  • Flexible hours - You choose the hours you want to work
  • The opportunity to develop presentation, group work and networking skills
  • A boost to your CV
  • Activities to add to your Higher Education Record of Achievement (HEAR)

The Student Ambassador role is aimed at undergraduate students.

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 promotion opportunities available throughout your time as an Ambassador and once you have graduated. 

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

For more information about the role of being an Ambassador, see our blog post.

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

Recruitment Dates

We are currently reviewing our recruitment dates for 2020-2021 and will release information in due course.

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