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Part-time jobs at the University

Explore part-time work opportunities at the University

When looking for part-time work in Portsmouth, consider jobs at the University. Many departments across the University advertise student roles throughout the academic year where you can get employability skills in roles that fit around your studies.

Examples of student roles at the University include:

  • Student Ambassador
  • Postgraduate Ambassador
  • Residence Life Assistant
  • Telephone Interviewer
  • International Student Ambassador
  • Exchanges and Study Abroad Ambassador
  • Confirmation and Clearing Assistant
  • Student Marketing Assistants

Explore the MyCareer jobs board to see what part-time vacancies are currently open at the University.

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The Students’ Union also advertises jobs on their careers page.

Student Ambassadors

As a Student Ambassador, working for the Recruitment and Outreach team, you have the opportunity to boost your experience and make a difference.

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Positively representing the University of Portsmouth at recruitment and outreach events, both locally and nationally
  • Providing information to young people (years 7-13) about education pathways so that they can make informed decisions about their future
  • Encouraging young people from various backgrounds to consider higher education and/or the University of Portsmouth as an option for the future
  • Supporting staff with the delivery of workshops in schools, colleges and on campus events
  • Delivering a range of activities to young people (years 7 to 13), both on and off campus, such as campus tours, halls tours, student life presentations and student panel Q&A sessions
  • Supervising groups of young people at events to ensure they remain safe and engaged


  • We pay our Student Ambassadors – so you'll have a little extra money in your pocket
  • Demonstrates your time-management skills to future employers as you manage part-time work while studying
  • Develops your confidence, presentation skills, communication skills and public speaking
  • Creates networking opportunities as you’ll meet other students and staff from a variety of disciplines
  • Builds experience of working with young people, which for some future careers may be beneficial

I have been a University Ambassador for three years now and it has allowed me to go and work with many different people and visit many different places around Portsmouth and the south coast. I have also been invited to present my dissertation work at the BASES Student Conference.

Sydney Bautista, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology

How to apply

You'll find full details of the vacancy and details of how to apply on the MyCareer jobs board and on University of Portsmouth social media channels. Also keep an eye out for vacancies advertised on posters across the University between September and October.

Our Recruitment and Outreach Office advertise vacancies between September and October. To register your interest for or apply for a Student Ambassador role, email

To apply, you should be:

  • Eligible to work in the UK
  • A undergraduate or postgraduate student studying at the University
  • Passionate about your course
  • Confident, reliable and self-motivated
  • Able to empathise with young people from various backgrounds

Faculty Student Guides and Ambassadors

Many students apply to be a Student Guide or Ambassador for their Faculty. As a guide or ambassador, you’ll get the opportunity to earn while you learn and get valuable work experience.

Your main responsibilities are to welcome visitors to faculty open days, experience days and open evenings. You’ll take visitors on tours of the buildings and campus and share your experience with prospective students and their parents or guardians. By guiding prospective students, you’ll get the opportunity to answer questions they have about their course, the University in general and share your own experiences.

Ambassadors are also employed to work on education and outreach events. For example, you could assist academic staff in running practical workshops for school aged young people.

As a guide or ambassador, you’ll also help set up events.


Being a Student Guide or Ambassador gives you benefits such as:

  • Developing your confidence and your skills in communication, customer service and public speaking
  • Opportunities to communicate with external people such as prospective students and parents from many backgrounds
  • A deeper understanding of the support services available for students such as study support, the placements office and the global office as you work closely with them on open days
  • The ability to liaise with different academics in your field of study
  • Meeting and networking with other students in the faculty in different years of study and learning about their experiences at the University
  • Demonstrating your time-management skills to future employers as you manage part-time work while studying

How to apply

The application process to become a Student Ambassador or Guide varies depending on your faculty.

Some faculties ask you to complete a form, or send your application by email. Some will interview you in a group setting, where you’ll take part in exercises such as presentations and knowledge recall.

To apply, you should be:

  • Eligible to work in the UK
  • An undergraduate or postgraduate student in the faculty
  • An enthusiastic and motivated team player
  • Confident, honest and reliable
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Flexible (some weekend/evening work required)

International Student Ambassadors

If you're an international student passionate about the Portsmouth experience, you can apply for a part-time role as an International Student Ambassador.

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting with visits to campus for international visitors, including campus tours
  • Contributing social media content and writing blogs about student life in Portsmouth
  • Participating in social activities for international students, helping to develop the social programme, and supporting integration on campus
  • Assisting at UK education fairs and other recruitment events
  • Participating in focus groups, student panels and photoshoots
  • Office admin tasks
  • Assisting in follow up communications with prospective international students

As an International Student Ambassador, you may also be able to work in your home country during vacation periods.

How to apply

Our Global Office advertise vacancies in the Student news, through the Careers and Employability Service and at the Students' Union. You should also follow the Global Office on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find out about vacancies.

To apply for an International Student Ambassador role, email when you see a vacancy. You'll be sent an application form to complete and return before the vacancy deadline.

To apply, you should be:

  • A student of any discipline, based on campus
  • Available to work a minimum of 3 hours per week
  • Flexible (some weekend/evening work required)

Get more guidance on jobs and work experience

You can also visit us at the Careers and Employability Centre for further advice on finding a part-time job or using MyCareer. We'll be able to clarify job details and any regulations that exist around working part-time.

You can drop-in to the Careers and Employability Centre Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4.00pm.

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