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Being a student caller on a telethon campaign

Find out more about becoming a student fundraiser.

Recruitment is now closed for the Autumn Telethon 2023.

Thank you for your interest in applying. We’ll be advertising for the next telethon in Spring 2024.

What is the Telethon?

The Telethon is the Advancement Office's biggest fundraising event of the year. Last year our Student Fundraisers spoke to over 3,000 alumni, raising over £180,000.

The campaign 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?

Any current students not on a placement year who can commit to the required shifts. You must also be living in the UK at the time of calling.

If you are a UK or Irish citizen, you must have a passport that you can provide in-person shortly after you have applied.

All other EU/International applicants will need to be able to complete the Home Office Right to Work Check via Teams.

Tier 4 students will need to be able to complete up to 12 hours a week on the Telethon, so please ensure this is possible alongside any other working commitments.

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.

The telethon takes place off-campus, so offers great flexibility. Working from home, you'll use specialist software to call alumni over a period of three weeks.

All callers will need to commit to attending two training days and complete three shifts per week for the duration of the campaign, including one on a Saturday or Sunday.

Download the full job description.


Pay is currently £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.


Successful applicants (including previous callers) will need to complete two 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 smartphone. 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. You’ll speak to Buffalo about recruitment, training and booking shifts, and they will support you with all your calling needs.

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


If you have any questions, please contact us.