Be part of the Welcome for new students

Published on 14 March 13

We're looking for student ambassadors to help run welcome events during September and October

Remember your first week at university? The day that you collected keys for a room decidedly less airy than it appeared in the accommodation guide; the day you had to take a few deep breaths before striking up conversation with a neighbour in your first lecture; and the day you frantically signed up to the mailing list of every single university society, which you then got annoyed about everytime one of them emailed you. It’s unlikely that you’d ever experienced a strange blend of nervousness and excitement quite like it, and to be honest it’s unlikely you’ll ever experience it again.

Now think back to what helped you overcome those nerves and gave you the confidence to explore the University, the city and the wealth of opportunities that life as a student in Manchester offers you. It probably wasn’t anything grand like a welcome lecture from your head of school, or anything functional like an introduction to Blackboard. In fact it may have been as simple as a ‘Hi, how’s it going? Nice to meet you’ from someone who knew exactly what you were going through.

The University employs students year round to act as ambassadors for a whole variety of events and occasions from Open Days, to events for local schoolchildren, to campus tours for visiting students and parents to careers fairs, alumni calling and much more in between. All these opportunities are paid, most are enjoyable and all look great on your cv - find out more from the Careers Service website.

When you’re in a strange environment, especially one as big and sprawling (and let’s face it, grey and drizzly) as Manchester, there’s nothing more welcoming than a fellow student with a smile on their face willing to answer your questions and give you a bit of practical advice. It really, really makes a difference.

Positions available

You can be part of this difference. The Orientation and Welcome Team is currently looking to employ around 180 students to help offer September’s new students the type of welcome celebration we feel they deserve. There is a wide variety of jobs on offer running from early September through to the end of the Welcome period, all paid at a standard rate of £6.94 per hour. So if you think you could be the beaming smile on arrival at Manchester Airport; the calm, reassuring presence on a halls helpdesk; the brave soul battling the elements to deliver an engaging campus tour; or if you’d just like to give students like you the best possible start to their Manchester career, please fill in the application form. We very much look forward to hearing from you.



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