Looking for some part-time work that really makes a difference?

Interested in getting experience working with young people?

Thinking of ways to improve your skill set?

Students from The University of Sheffield are an important asset to activities led by the UK Student Recruitment and Widening Participation(WP) team and our Faculty Widening Participation Teams. Their input often makes a great impact in terms of promoting pathways into Higher Education and providing insights into student life.

We recruit current students to work with us on all aspects of our recruitment activity, which includes for example visits to campus by schools and colleges, campus tours, supporting on Open Days (Undergraduate, Post-Offer, and Post-Graduate), visits to schools and Higher Education fairs.  We are also looking for ambassadors to support us in our WP work. Our programmes aim to raise the aspirations and attainment of young people from Widening Participation backgrounds i.e. groups who are currently under-represented in Higher Education. It enables prospective students to find out from the experts what University is really like, and be inspired by the possibilities that a University education can open up for them.  Working as a Student Ambassador, Mentor or Faculty Champion enables you to develop transferable skills whilst contributing positively to the lives of prospective students and local pupils.

You can still apply to be a Student Mentor or Faculty Champion. 

The Application process for the Ambassador role has now closed. 

Any applications already received are being considered and we will be in touch to schedule interviews in due course. This process has had to be delayed due to the current restrictions in place for Covid19.

Student Ambassador

Faculty Champion

US in Schools - Student Mentor

Student Ambassadors will work on various Widening Participation programmes, raising aspirations of local Year 7 - 13 pupils and occasionally primary aged pupils; acting as positive role models, sharing their experiences of student life and supporting the delivery of interactive activity-based events on campus and within schools. * Ambassadors will also work on recruitment activities like Open Days and Higher Education fairs. All of this work would be on an ad-hoc basis. The Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering are currently recruiting students to work as Faculty Champions to support on/deliver activities and presentations, and assist with various Recruitment and Widening Participation events. As a Faculty Champion you will aim to enthuse and inform prospective students and other young people about the University of Sheffield student experience and the benefits of studying a degree. This link to the Faculty of Arts and Humanities gives an example of the types of activities Faculty Champions get involved in. As an US in Schools Mentor you will work in one of our local partner schools in a regular weekly 4-hour time-slot during school term time. You will be allocated between 4 and 6 mentees (Years 9-11) to help and support with homework, coursework and study skills, future career aspirations and questions around higher education. You will be a positive role model, help raise confidence and self-esteem by sharing your own experiences of your educational journey. Mentoring takes place in school during the school day and is mainly on a 1-1 basis with some group activities throughout the mentoring year. * Mentors will be given the opportunity to work on recruitment activities like Open Days and Higher Education fairs.

Activities and Events Information

Faculty Outreach - Arts and Humanities Click HERE for more information about the US in Schools Mentoring programme

We are especially interested in receiving applications from students from a widening participation background themselves, i.e. students from groups that are currently under-represented in HE.

Groups currently identified are; students from low participation neighbourhoods, black minority ethnic, care leavers, young carers, and students with declared disabilities and students who are in the first generation of their family to go to university.

We are also very interested in receiving applications from local and commuter students.


How to Apply

image of mentorsPlease fill out an online application form, using the link to the right. This will be available when the application opens on Monday 17th February 2020.
The University of Sheffield is committed to safeguarding children and young people. Therefore, all successful applicants will be required to undertake a full Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS – formerly CRB) check prior to commencing work in and with local schools and colleges. More information about the University of Sheffield safeguarding policies can be found on the website below.

University of Sheffield safeguarding policies

Please note: if you are successful at interview, you will need to bring proof of your eligibility to work in the UK. This can be your passport if you are from the UK/EU.

Applications open on Monday 17th February 2020

If you have any questions please email ukstudentrecruitment@sheffield.ac.uk