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Durham University

Access and Student Recruitment

Roles and Responsibilities

DSA enjoying a Summer School formal event

The Role:

The Access and Engagment and Recruitment and Admission teams are looking to recruit new Ambassadors to join our team of Durham Student Ambassadors (DSA) to assist with their outreach, fair access work and student recruitment activity.

The aim of our work is to recruit the best students to Durham University regardless of background, particularly students from underrepresented groups.

There will be a variety of activities that ambassadors can get involved with flexibility to fit in with your degree programme.

Responsibilities and requirements of the role;

  • Assist with outreach activities such as residential events for prospective students, usually during the Easter and Summer vacation period;
  • Assist with recruitment events such as open days, higher education fairs or taster sessions;
  • Act as a Discover Durham tour guide;
  • Attend UCAS fairs;
  • Assist with off site school/college visits

Person Specification

  • A Durham University undergraduate, postgraduate student or DSA alumni (you have worked in the role in your UG and are progressing to a PG course)
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (active listening and speaking to groups of varying sizes)
  • Positive attitude with the ability to motivate and inspire others
  • The ability to relate to a wide range of audiences and backgrounds
  • The ability to handle difficult and often sensitive situations
  • Able to work as part of a team and use own initiative, unsupervised as necessary
  • The ability to reflect on the performance of oneself and the group, and alter the approach accordingly


  • Must be a current Durham University undergraduate, postgraduate student or DSA Alumni
  • Ambassadors will be expected to agree to a DBS check to verify their suitability to work with young people.
  • To attend compulsory training events (note: training is a paid activity).


  • CV enhancement and opportunities to develop key skills such as leadership and teamwork
  • Training in areas such as child safeguarding and good facilitation skills
  • All Ambassadors are entitled to holiday pay on top of their basic hourly pay (currently £7.38ph) Holiday pay is allocated at a rate of 12.07%
  • Regular support and subsidised social events.

As the following groups are currently underrepresented in our cohort of ambassadors we particularly welcome applications from

  • Students whose legal sex is male;
  • Black and minority ethnic students (BME);
  • Students who have been accommodated, looked-after or spent time in care.