Student Ambassadors play a vital role in helping potential students to think about whether they would like to study in higher education (HE) generally, what subjects they might like to study and if they might like to become students at the University.
Student Ambassadors have been supporting the University’s outreach programme for over a decade ‘our outreach programme reaches over 10,000 local students a year and focuses upon study at HE’ including everything from large awareness raising events to small scale subject-specific experiences. The successful scheme has also been extended to support student recruitment activities across the University and this work concentrates particularly on applying to Kent.
The Student Ambassador Scheme offers a real opportunity for students to improve their employability skills by undertaking a range of different activities, as well as improving their subject knowledge, while representing the University. These events take place on campus or in local schools, further education colleges or community settings.
Academic schools or professional service departments are able to recruit their own Undergraduate and/or Postgraduate Student Ambassadors. Funding to support outreach work is offered through the outreach budget within each academic school and full training is provided to Ambassadors by the Training Team within the Partnership Development Office.
Two documents are available for academic schools that already recruit or wish to recruit Student Ambassadors:
- A Recruitment Policy and Procedures document outlining the correct process for recruiting Student Ambassadors as well as useful advice and best practice approach
- An Ambassador Scheme Development Briefing document outlining recent and upcoming changes and developments to the Ambassador Scheme including information about the rollout of the new HEAT database across the University
These documents can be found on the student ambassador scheme website, along with further information and useful contact information.