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?

The Widening Participation Team recruit students to work on programmes that 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. Working on these programmes enables you to develop transferable skills whilst contributing positively to the lives of local pupils.

Applications are now CLOSED and will open again in the Spring of 2020.

The current roles available are:

US in Schools Mentor

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.

Programme website for more information

UK Student Recruitment & WP Student Ambassador

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.

Outreach and Widening participation website

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.

If you are interested in applying for one or both of the above roles, we recommend that you attend a Recruitment Briefing session running between Monday 25th and Wednesday 27th March, where we will be outlining the requirements for each role and you will have the chance to ask questions.

Sessions will be held in The Diamond on:

  • Monday 25th March, 1 – 2pm (LT03)
  • Tuesday 26th March, 12noon – 1pm (Workroom 2)
  • Wednesday 27th March, 1 - 2pm (LT03)

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 25th March 2019.
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 are now CLOSED and will open again in the Spring of 2020

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