The British Psychological Society (BPS) Student Ambassador Programme is a voluntary position for any psychology students on a BPS-accredited course who are passionate about psychology, supporting their fellow students and wanting to learn new skills along the way.
As a Volunteer Student Ambassador, students are given the tools to support their fellow psychology student cohort by acting as the correspondent between the BPS and their university. Our Ambassadors are on-hand to help with any queries students might have as they enter into psychology education and training, by acting as a BPS champion. Our Ambassadors support and direct queries, help to promote our student membership, BPS student events, campaigns and other relevant initiatives. The Ambassadors also have the chance to support the BPS to deliver other opportunities such as schools outreach work, careers fairs, and train to become Mental Health First Aiders.
This is an unpaid voluntary role spanning across the academic year, but the Ambassadors BPS student membership fees are covered during their time in the role, and a budget has been allocated to this programme to help support the Ambassadors with their activities. Being a Volunteer Student Ambassador is a great opportunity to shape the future of the discipline while gaining valuable skills. This includes articulating the value and impact of psychology and gaining experience in wider workplace opportunities such as supporting the delivery of psychologically based education programmes, and beyond. This is a recognised role with endorsed training that can added to the students CV, highlighting not only their experience volunteering for a professional body, but also the transferable skills they will gain.
We also have the opportunity for up to three Lead Student Ambassadors to join each branch. Lead Student Ambassadors will act as the main contact for all Student Ambassadors within their region. As a Lead, they will link up with Student Ambassadors based in local universities to ensure work aligns to the objectives agreed by their regional branch, the central BPS Careers Team and Student Committee. This will include scheduling meetings with Student Ambassadors in their region and supporting events and initiatives that their Student Ambassadors are involved in. The Leads are also in charge of gathering feedback from Student Ambassadors to
report back to the Student Committee, the BPS Careers Team and their regional branch on a regular basis. As Lead Student Ambassador, they will have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, a valuable skill sought out by recruiters
Applications are now open
All you need to do is put together a short video identifying how you would support the BPS using your skills to meet the general requirements for this role and send it to us at email@example.com
Your video should be no longer than 5 minutes and can be recorded using any format and platform you prefer. You could use PowerPoint, a recording on a mobile device or tablet or as a Zoom/MS Teams recorded call.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to discuss how to record your video.
What are you waiting for!?
The deadline for applications is Monday 24 October.
24 October – Application deadline
7 November – Students informed of selections and requested to complete VLE (Lead) Student Ambassador Training before they commence role
Mid November – Role begins, monthly meetings begin