SOAS University of London

Access, Participation and Student Success

SOAS Student Ambassador Scheme

Every foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate 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 University experience whilst enjoying flexible, paid work.  

Student ambassadors at SOAS have a diverse role, which typically includes: showing prospective students around SOAS during campus tours; working at large public events; answering questions about student life and SOAS courses; supporting administrative departments and working with schools to inspire young people. Ambassador duties are being carried out both in-person and online with compliance to COVID-19 safety measures in place.

Ambassadors who fulfil certain criteria also have the opportunity to participate in two specialist streams - Outreach and Capital L - which are designed to improve access and participation in higher education and to promote the uptake of language studies. 

Student Ambassador (Outreach)

Student Ambassadors working with Outreach also support the Access, Participation and Student Success team in providing opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds to gain further insight into higher education and provide information and motivation to school/college students. 

Visit the Access, Participation and Student Success website for more information on Outreach activities.

Student Ambassador (Capital L)

Student Ambassadors working with Capital L will also become part of a consortium of ambassadors from partner HE institutions that provide information and motivation to school/college students, offering them insights into the world of higher education and language learning and encouraging them to pursue or continue foreign language studies. SOAS is the lead institution in Capital L, co-directed by the University of Westminster in partnership with King's College London, Queen Mary University of London, The Open University and UCL.

Visit the Capital L - Routes into Languages website for more information on Capital L activities.

Benefits of becoming a Student Ambassador

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

  • Flexible, part-time work that fits around your timetable. 
  • Scheme participation for the duration of your studies.
  • Develop a range of transferable skills to prepare you for work or future study including public speaking, presentation, communication, organisational and time management skills, as well as developing your confidence and ability to multitask.
  • Extra-curricular opportunities to meet with like-minded people and develop a social and professional network and skills.
  • References for future employment.
Essential information
  • Ambassador work is paid at £11.01 per hour.
  • Payments are made once a month through BACS transfer to a UK bank account on the last working day of the month.
  • Ambassadors must be current registered students at SOAS, excluding ambassadors from partner institutions supporting Capital L (who must be registered students at their institution).
  • All ambassadors must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK before employment.
  • Ambassadors will be provided with comprehensive paid training at the start of their role, with specific training available for work opportunities, as required.
  • The number of hours you work each week or month will vary based on the number of shifts available, your availability and how proactive you are in applying for work opportunities. 
  • Ambassador work opportunities are available ad hoc meaning that we are unable to guarantee the number of hours you will work each week.
How to apply 

SOAS Students

Applications are now closed for 2021/22. Recruitment will open again in September/October 2022.

Students from University of Westminster, King's College London, Queen Mary University of London, The Open University and UCL

We welcome applications from students studying languages at Capital L partner universities to join the Capital L branch of the Ambassador Scheme. We operate an integrated Ambassador Scheme, meaning that you will undergo the same recruitment process as students from SOAS but will only work on Capital L activities.

Applications are now closed for 2021/22. Recruitment will open again in September/October 2022.

Please review the Job Description and Person Specification for further information about this role.

 If you have further questions, please contact:

  • Ambassador Officer
    SOAS Student Ambassador Scheme
    Access, Participation and Student Success
Information for SOAS Staff

SOAS departments and faculties can book SOAS student ambassadors to support their projects, events and initiatives. If you would like to find out more about how your department can work with ambassadors, please visit the SOAS Student Ambassador Scheme on MySOAS, which also outlines the booking process.

If you have any questions, please email the Ambassador Officer on


"I was an ambassador for 5-6 years from my initial year as an undergraduate to my final days as a Master's student. Being an ambassador was one of my core roles at the School (beyond being a student) that gave me an opportunity to demonstrate the great and unique institution I was in, as well as gain notable skills that helped me secure my first internships and later on, work. This was an experience where the impact was tangible and the opportunity to help, offer advice to students and give them a glimpse of being a student at SOAS made it a very worthy and rewarding experience for me." - Former Student Ambassador and SOAS Alumnus