DELTA Student Ambassadors
Each year the Department for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching and Access (DELTA) recruits a team of Student Ambassadors, who play an important role in helping with the delivery of several key projects.
It’s a great opportunity for our students to develop skills and confidence while also reinforcing their own learning, developing their professional networks and providing vital peer-to-peer support for current and prospective students.
The Ambassadors are central to the delivery of our Access To programmes, assisting the academic staff and providing support to the pupils taking part. Each Spring, they also make around 1500 phonecalls to applicants from our target groups during our Applicant Engagement process, allowing those who have applied to RGU the chance to speak directly to current students and benefit from their experience and advice and ask questions connected to RGU or life in Aberdeen.
Additionally, our Ambassadors assist during open days and applicants’ days as well as a wide range of one-off events and projects through the department.
Apply to become a DELTA Student Ambassador
Applications have now closed for 2017/18 and will re-open April 2018
The Department for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching and Access (DELTA) supports the university in implementing its strategic goals in teaching and learning, extending access and enhancing the student experience.
We are seeking to recruit enthusiastic undergraduate students with excellent communication skills to work as Student Ambassadors on a variety of programmes with school pupils from low attainment schools, and to contribute to the enhancement of the student experience through service promotion.
The Student Ambassadors will be mainly based in the Access RGU team, delivering innovative and meaningful engagement activities both in school and on the RGU campus. Our aim is to develop young people’s confidence, skills, and motivation, encouraging pupils to aspire to and succeed in higher education. As part of the role Student Ambassadors will be involved in activities across the entire department engaging with current and prospective students.
Student Ambassadors are involved in many key parts of DELTA’s work, including:
- Providing peer-to-peer support and guidance to pupils undertaking an ‘Access To’ programme, assisting the academic staff (September to December)
- Assisting with RGU applicant engagement activities to support the transition to RGU (February to April)
- Contributing to the delivery of outreach workshops in schools
- Helping out at key events on and off-campus designed to build ambition, support potential applicants and prepare young people for the transition to university
- Using subject area expertise to provide tutor and revision support to pupils in their senior phase of study
- Contribute to projects being led by DELTA, which aim to further enhance the learning experience
- Assist with staff and student-facing DELTA events
- Participation in DELTA-led focus groups designed to measure and enhance the student experience at RGU
- Supporting the delivery of projects addressing gender imbalance in key subject areas
- Supporting initiatives designed to enable students to successfully transition from college to university
*Please note: Additional hours are available for those who wish to be Mentors as part of our new Peer Mentoring Project in 2017/18. Please include in your covering letter if you would like to be considered for this work.
Why do it?
As a DELTA Student Ambassador you would benefit from:
- £8.25 per hour
- Flexible working hours to fit around your studies and an average of 3 hours per week during term time
- The opportunity to inspire young people to achieve their maximum potential whatever their circumstances
- Valuable work experience and the chance to develop skills that will enhance your CV and employability
- Full training and PVG member scheme check will be provided
What we're looking for
We are particularly interested in hearing from students who:
- Are studying a degree which links with our ‘Access To’ project subject areas: Art, Design and Architecture; Management; Law; Engineering; Nursing; Computing; Communication and Media; Allied Health Professions; Life Sciences;
- Will be second, third or fourth year RGU undergraduate students in 2017/18
- Are from RGU partner schools (Hazlehead, Kincorth, Northfield, St Machar, Torry, Fraserburgh , Mintlaw or Peterhead Academy) or ASPIRENorth, FOCUS West, LEAPS or LIFT OFF schools
- Have articulated from college to RGU
- Have been in care or who have been a carer
Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate the following skills and qualities:
- The drive to inspire young people and help maximise potential
- A commitment to equal opportunities for all young people
- Initiative ad ability to work independently
- Friendly, approachable and outgoing
- Empathetic and patient
- Comfortable working with young people
- Knowledge of issues facing young people, especially those from under-represented groups and designated areas of deprivation
- Organised, able to manage their workload and balance commitments
- Punctual and responsive to emails
When will I be needed?
Hours of work
- The number of hours worked each week will be variable, but most activities will take place during term time. On average, there would be a minimum of 3hrs per week during term time, but additional work is available.
- ‘Access To’ courses are the main project during 1st semester and involve weekly evening sessions, which are compulsory for Ambassadors and a central part of the role.
- Between February and April there will be a larger number of hours available for work on the Applicant Engagement project, which covers evenings and occasional Saturdays. Each Ambassador will be required to work an average of 1 shift per week during this period, but additional hours are available and welcomed.
- Peer Mentors will have an additional 35 hours of work available during Semester 1.
- Additional hours will be available across a wide range of dynamic projects delivered by DELTA.
- Contracts run from September 2017 to June 2018 inclusive.
In order to work as a Student Ambassador you will require PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) clearance. This cost is met by DELTA and if your application is successful, we will contact you in order to have this processed as soon as possible.
Our DELTA Student Ambassadors also offer a Peer Mentoring service for new students in their first semester at RGU, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria. Our Ambassadors will provide support in person and/or by email for new students looking to settle into life at RGU and they are there to provide advice on everything from using the library and referencing to travel and the best places to go in the city outside of study time.
Peer Mentoring is an informal service where our Ambassadors answer any questions and share their knowledge and experience in a friendly atmosphere, often meeting up with mentees for a coffee or a chat, providing a guide to the campus and the city in general.
If you are a new student at RGU and would like to sign up to the Peer Mentoring Service, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and eligibility criteria.