Discover what our Ambassadors do and the exciting opportunities that go with the role. Find out how to apply to be an Ambassador.
You might have met some of our Student Ambassadors at an open day, campus tour or virtually at one of our online events.
As a York St John student you can apply to work as a Student Ambassador and are able to continue the role throughout your studies, with the possibility of continuing for a year once you graduate.
What Student Ambassadors do
Our Ambassadors are the face of York St John. Who better to share their experience of student life in York than current students themselves? They work as part of our Student Recruitment team who look after Ambassador recruitment, core training, rotas, shift allocation and day to day management.
The type of work Ambassadors do is varied and there are frequently opportunities to work for other departments across the university such as Marketing, Student Support and Admissions. Work you might do on campus includes:
- Taking weekly campus tours
- Supporting campus events such as open days
- Leading groups of younger learners on school visits
- Admin work.
We want our Ambassadors to be independent, confident and have access to opportunities to develop in their role. They can also work off campus delivering activities as role models in schools or representing the university at large events such as UCAS fairs.
Hear more about what student ambassadors do on the LaunchPad podcast: What's it like to be a Student Ambassador?
How the job works
The best part about the Student Ambassador job is the flexibility. Shifts are added to a rota as and when they are available, and Ambassadors sign up to as many as they’d like to work. Shifts are then allocated as fairly as possible between those who signed up. You can make your shifts fit around your studies and work as little or often as suits you. All we ask is that you work three times a year to remain on payroll.
Student Ambassadors are paid around £10 an hour including holiday pay and a uniform is provided.
How to become an Ambassador
The Student Recruitment team usually recruits for new Ambassadors once a year in September or October and you can apply in any year of your course.
When recruitment opens there will be adverts on the university jobs pages and campaigns via email and the Careers service so look out for these. All applicants need to submit an application and if successful will be invited to interviews, then if appointed must attend a day long training event.
Our Ambassadors are role models who share their experience and inspire others to achieve their potential. If you’re friendly, reliable, enthusiastic, motivated and want to enhance your skills and experience we would love to hear from you.
Stan Primary Education, 2nd year
Becoming a Student Ambassador was a fantastic opportunity for me. Not only has it given me the chance to earn while I study, I have also been able to be part of a fantastic team of students and staff who want to work to achieve the same goal: to share our passion for YSJ. My experience continues to be enjoyable and so much fun, and I cannot wait to continue it!
Charlotte Linguistics and TESOL, 3rd year
Being an ambassador is a perfect student job as it is completely flexible to fit around my studies. I really enjoy the range of opportunities the job has to offer, such as visiting local schools, leading campus tours and filming for online open day events. I’d definitely recommend becoming an Ambassador as my confidence in public speaking has massively improved, I have met so many amazing people and I am proud that I am able to represent my university.
James Occupational Therapy, 3rd year
I have seen other universities and I see what YSJ offers. For me, the benefits of being here are clear and I like to advocate why they might be important to potential students (and sometimes the parents too). As a Student Ambassador I can talk about my experiences, work with friends in a comfortable setting, and have some fun at the same time. The added benefit is I can fit work around my studies. If things get too hectic with assignments, I commit to working only when I am able to, unlike an ordinary part time role.
Anna Occupational Therapy, 3rd year
I’m so glad I took the opportunity of becoming an ambassador throughout my time at York St John. It’s not only been a flexible and enjoyable job to get some extra money alongside my course but somewhere I’ve loved getting to know so many lovely people and made lifelong friends.
Mark Criminology and Policing, 3rd year
Being a Student Ambassador is an immensely rewarding job, to think I can be impacting just one life to strive for higher education is a primary example as to why being a Student Ambassador is worth all my time.
Alicia Physiotherapy, 3rd year
I originally applied to be a Student Ambassador because I remembered the Student Ambassadors that I spoke to on my own open day and subsequent interview day; they were all very open and willing to answer all the questions I had even (looking back) the silly ones. I love that by being a Student Ambassador I am able to help prospective students on the open days to decide if York St John is the university for them. We help new students settle in and ease their nerves on arrivals weekend, and even younger students decide if university is the path for them in secondary school on visits. Overall being a Student Ambassador for me is about passing on my enjoyment for being at YSJ on to future YSJ students.
Ask the Ambassadors
If you’d like to find out what being an Ambassador is really like, why not ask them?
Most Student Ambassadors have profiles on Unibuddy so prospective students can message them and ask questions about life at York St John. You can also message them here and ask about their experience in the role.