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 always 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, online activity, 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 Widening Participation(WP) work. Our programmes aim to raise the aspirations and attainment of young people from WP backgrounds(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 could be for them.  Working as a Student Ambassador, Mentor or Faculty Champion enables you to develop sought after transferable skills whilst contributing positively to the lives of prospective students, local pupils and the local community.

Applications OPEN on Thursday 29th April 2021 to work in the academic year 2021-22.  

The application process will close on Wednesday 26th May 2021 23.59. 

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 with 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 and 12/13) 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 normally takes place in school during the school day and is mainly on a 1-1 basis with some group activities throughout the mentoring year. Some schools/colleges may have their mentoring using our online mentoring platform. * Mentors will also be offered the opportunity to work as a Student Ambassador on non mentoring days. 

Activities and Events Information

Faculty Outreach - Arts and Humanities

Faculty Outreach - Faculty of Engineering

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 as under represented are: students from low participation neighbourhoods, students from a Black or Ethnic Minority background, male students, care leavers, young carers, 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 or all of the above roles, we recommend that you attend a Recruitment Briefing session on either WEDNESDAY 12TH OR THURSDAY 13TH MAY 2021, where we will be outlining the requirements for each role and you will have the chance to ask questions.

Sessions will be held online, please complete THIS FORM to express your interest in attending.  You will be sent a link to attend the session on the day before the session date:

• Wednesday 12th May- 1 – 2pm
• Thursday 13th May 12 - 1pm 

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 Thursday 29th April 2021.
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 provide proof of your eligibility to work in the UK. This can be your passport if you are from the UK/EU.

Applications open on Thursday 29th April 2021.

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