Share your experiences of challenges and get prizes, leadership recognition and the chance to make a real difference to fellow students

welcome ambassadors

  • 07 July 2020
  • 4 min read
What challenging times we’ve been living through! For most students it has taken a lot of perseverance and resilience to get through this academic year. How has it been for you?

Would you be prepared to share your experiences to help others? Starting right now, there are three ways you can make a real contribution to fellow students - and get recognition for your leadership and the chance of winning some great prizes. 
 

1. Complete the Wellbeing in Difficult Times Survey and be in with a chance of winning £100

For just 20-30 minutes of your time, you’ll be eligible for a prize draw for Amazon vouchers. There’s a top prize of £100 and 2 x £75, 3 x £50, 5 x £25 vouchers up for grabs. You’ll complete mainly multiple choice questions reflecting on your experiences and coping strategies during the pandemic and then get automatic personalised feedback about your scores with tips and suggestions for maintaining or improving your wellbeing.


2. Take the Welcome Ambassador pledge

Share your experience, inspire other students, and earn your Welcome Ambassador badge. It takes about 2 hours, in your own time, to complete the online Leadership 1 module. You’ll then share an example of how you have overcome a challenge and pledge to be a role model in the way you uphold the Student Charter. 

Take a look at the Welcome Ambassadors Facebook Page to see how fellow students have taken the pledge and email welcomeambassadors@port.ac.uk to sign up for the online course.


Students’ Union Welfare Officer, Hayley Turner-McIntyre, says: “It is more important than ever to look out for one another to help navigate what the ‘new normal’ will look like in the next academic year. Being a Welcome Ambassador means being a role model in mental health and wellbeing, as well as being aware of the different challenges and barriers some students face. We can create an inclusive, supportive and welcoming environment for every University of Portsmouth student if everyone takes the Welcome Ambassador pledge.”

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3. Help shape a welcoming return to campus and get leadership recognition

Once you’ve taken the pledge can join the online Welcome Ambassador group meet ups for support in continuing on your Student Leadership Pathway. You’ll join a growing community of students helping to shape plans for supporting new students and each other in the transition back to campus and a very different study environment. 

Bringing your own ideas or developing existing support roles, you’ll develop your leadership portfolio to gain HEAR accreditation, an Active Change Leader award, or recognition as a Speak UP Step UP Champion

Watch this video for an example of how one student got involved last year.

Hayley says, “It will look great on your CV, improve your resilience skills and you’ll become part of an inclusive and welcoming community.

Email welcomeambassadors@port.ac.uk to get started. We can’t wait to hear your ideas.

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