Teaching Ambassadors are University of Bath students who provide classroom support for subject specific events and activities in schools and colleges.
Who our Teaching Ambassadors are
Teaching Ambassadors are University of Bath students recruited and trained to support outreach activities for school and college students. As well as offering their subject-specific knowledge to support subject related activities, they bring skills and expertise developed through a wide range of extra-curricular interests.
Teaching Ambassadors have a strong interest in working with young people along with a commitment to widening participation, with many coming from under-represented groups themselves. Younger students are keen to engage with them and hear about their experience of Higher Education.
Recruitment and Training
Applicants for the role, both undergraduate and post-graduate, go through a rigorous recruitment and selection process which includes a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Successful applicants take part in a compulsory training programme, organised and delivered by education professionals in the Widening Participation Office, designed to develop their capacity to:
- support small groups working on subject-specific activities
- provide classroom support in schools - during the day and at after-school clubs
- support curriculum enrichment activities
- stretch, challenge, motivate and encourage participants
- deal with challenging behaviour
- respond appropriately to child safeguarding concerns
- lead discussions on student life and study
- deliver basic presentations on higher education
Book an Ambassador
If you would like to book a Teaching Ambassador talk or presentation please email the team.
What schools say about our Teaching Ambassadors
We have just had a visit from three of the outreach ambassadors from your university widening participation team - John, Beth and Justin. They provided an excellent session for all of our Year 5 children at our primary school.
We have been working with the children to raise their aspirations and to 'reach for the stars' and the interactive session that the ambassadors provided was pitched at just the right level. The children were engaged and involved in the session and learnt a great deal.
Your ambassadors were able to talk from their own experience and perspective and what came across was a love of learning from all of them. I think this will have motivated and hopefully inspired the children to follow their example.
— Head Teacher at a local primary school