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Information for Current Students

SOAS Student Ambassador Scheme

Every undergraduate, postgraduate taught (Masters) and postgraduate research student is invited to become a SOAS Student Ambassador.  Our ambassadors are fun, passionate, confident, reliable and enthusiastic.  They love their chosen programme of study, get involved with student life at SOAS and want to make the most of their study experience.

There are two separate strands to the scheme as explained below.   Students can choose to become either one or both types of ambassadors.

1 – General Student Ambassadors

General Student Ambassadors provide support to recruitment, administrative and logistical initiatives at SOAS.  It is a diverse role, which can include showing prospective students around SOAS, working at large public facing events, answering queries in person, over phone or on email, supporting administrative departments with tasks like data entry, front desk cover or mailings.

Applications for this role are not currently open. Please check back here for futher details later in the term. 

2 – Outreach Student Ambassadors

Outreach Student Ambassadors support the Widening Participation team in providing opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds to gain further insight into higher education.  Shared experiences with the young people we work with (who attend state schools, and may face barriers progressing through education) are particularly useful for those working as Outreach Student Ambassadors.

Please look at the Outreach Student Ambassador Job Description and Person Specification for more information.

To apply to become an Outreach Student Ambassador, please complete the Outreach Student Ambassador Application Form here.

If you have any questions, please email wpteam@soas.ac.uk or call +44 (0)20 7898 4551.

Please note that the closing date for this strand is 23.59 on Sunday 13th October 2019.

3 – Language Student Ambassadors

Capital L Routes into Languages (RiL) Language Ambassadors provide information and motivation to school/college students, offering them insights into the world of language learning in higher education, and encouraging them to begin, or continue pursuing study in a foreign language. Ambassadors serve as role models to the young people they work with, and as such, we particularly welcome applications from those who have attended British state schools, and those who are the first generation in their family to attend university.  Ambassadors usually work in schools, colleges or universities. The work may involve one-off sessions or longer programmes that demand a continued commitment. 

For more information and to apply please click here.

Also for more information about Routes into Languages: https://www.routesintolanguages.ac.uk/

Please note that the closing date for this strand is 23.59 on Sunday 13th October 2019.

Important Information

  • All ambassador work is paid at £10.94 per hour.
  • All payments are made once a month through BACS transfer on the last working day of the month.
  • All ambassadors must be currently registered students at SOAS. 
  • All ambassadors will be provided comprehensive training for the various tasks.
  • All ambassadors will have to show their eligibility to work in the UK when employed.
  • All ambassador work is flexible and will provide an opportunity to work around your academic timetable. This means that the work is ad-hoc and we cannot guarantee the number of hours you work each week. 

Benefits of Becoming a Student Ambassador

As a SOAS Student Ambassador, you will form a part of a social networking and an active community of students.  In addition to monetary payment for your work, you will also receive the following benefits:

  • A range of transferable skills including public speaking skills, presentation skills, communication skills, organisational skills, time management skills, confidence and the ability to multi-task.
  • A range of opportunities to meet with like-minded people and develop social and professional networking skills.
  • References for future employment

Information for SOAS Staff

SOAS departments and faculties are now able to use the help of student ambassadors for their events and initiatives.  If you are interested in finding out more about how your department can work with ambassadors, please email ambassadors@soas.ac.uk.