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Apply to be a student caller in the Summer Telethon 2024

Find out more about becoming a student fundraiser.

Recruitment is now open for the Summer Telethon 2024.

If you like a good chat, are a team player and want to gain some valuable experience raising money for a great cause, this could be the perfect job for you.

Working from home over a three-week period, you’ll be calling Bath graduates (alumni) to talk about valuable and innovative work alumni donations support.

Applications are open now so apply soon before places fill up!

What is the Telethon?

The Telethon is the Advancement Office’s biggest fundraising event of the year. Our Student Fundraisers speak to thousands of alumni, often raising over £180,000 each campaign. And the Telethon isn’t just about raising much needed funds, you’ll be reconnecting many alumni with the University, finding out more about them and their interests and gaining some valuable insight into life after graduation.

Who can apply?

  • Current Bath students that are UK based
  • Eligible to work in the UK and able to provide UK/Irish passport in person or complete a Home Office Right to Work Check via Teams.
  • Unfortunately, no students on a Tier 4 student visa can apply because this telethon requires working more than 20 hours per week
  • Able to commit to ALL the 6 shifts for each of the 3 weeks and both days for the training weekend

What will I have to do?

As a caller, you’ll earn money while getting excellent work experience and having great conversations with fellow members of the University community.

This year’s telethon will take place off-campus, so offers great flexibility. Working from home, you'll use specialist software to call alumni over a period of 3 weeks. Calling starts on Monday 3 June and finishes on Sunday 23 June 2024.

Read the full job description.

Key dates
- Closing date for applications: 22 April 2024
- Selection sessions: End of April (day / times TBC)
- Training weekend: 1 and 2 June 2024
- Calling dates: Monday 3 June – Sunday 23 June 2024


Pay is £11.35 per hour plus holiday pay (£12.72 in total), paid monthly in arrears. (Breaks on the training days and weekend calling shifts are unpaid.)

You'll need to complete an electronic timesheet each week recording the hours you have worked. Please ensure you have a National Insurance number or have applied for one. Find out how to apply for a National Insurance number.

Working hours

Training days Saturday 1 June: 9am - 4pm and Sunday 2 June: 9am - 4pm

Weekly shift times
You need to work all 6 shifts for each week of the 3 week campaign.
- 4 weekday calling shifts taking place in the evenings 6:15pm - 9:30pm
- Saturday calling takes place between 9:45am - 12:30pm and 1:30pm - 5pm
- Sunday calling takes place between 1:45pm - 5pm and 6:00 pm - 8pm


Successful applicants (including previous callers) will need to complete both days of training. This will all be online, but expect plenty of activity, games and breaks!

Equipment needed

You'll need a suitable PC or laptop and a smart phone. You will also need to be able to work your shifts in a quiet room at home where you can make calls uninterrupted.


All successful applicants will need to read and sign an online University of Bath contract before starting work. To be issued with a contract you must have provided ID and proof of eligibility to work.

The team

As a caller, you’ll be a very important part of the team. Day-to-day you’ll be managed by our specialist fundraising agency, Buffalo, and our campaign manager, Eddie. You’ll speak to Buffalo about recruitment, training and they will support you with all your calling needs.

The University staff on the team are John Richardson and Gemma Hill, who have overall responsibility for the campaign.

How to apply

Please complete this online application form and then follow the instructions you receive to record a short voicemail message.

(Please note that your application details will be passed to a third-party organisation, Buffalo Fundraising Consultants Ltd, for review.) Successful applicants will be invited to complete a short telephone exercise and then a selection session (on Teams/Zoom).


If you have any questions, please contact us.

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