Now Recruiting: Bristol Futures Student Advocates 2023/24

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Be part of a dynamic team promoting and delivering Bristol Futures in the 2023/24 academic year. 

As a Bristol Futures Student Advocate you’ll be an ambassador for Study Skills and the other elements of Bristol Futures, promoting them to members of the University and public alike. You’ll also support fellow students by running Study Skills drop-ins and workshops, staffing pop-up stands, attending events and having input into online learning resources and more. You’ll develop skills in organisation, teaching, support, public speaking and team working, all of which will be valuable for your future career development. 

We’re looking for applications from any student at Bristol to join our Advocate team for the 2023/24 academic year, whether you’re undergraduate or postgraduate, home or international, as long as you’ll be a registered student in 2023/24. We’ll train you in all the skills you need and work with you throughout the year to ensure you develop and gain the best experience possible from working with us. We are also seeking students with skills in coding to assist at our weekly Coding Clubs. 

Bristol Futures is a university-wide initiative which enhances and enriches education at the University of Bristol, ensuring that students have the skills, knowledge and attributes to succeed in their lives at university and beyond. These skills, knowledge and attributes lie within three themes: Innovation and Enterprise, Global Citizenship and Sustainable Futures. For more information visit https://www.bristol.ac.uk/bristol-futures/ 

Core duties of the Advocate Role:  

  • Act as an ambassador within your faculty to promote Study Skills and Bristol Futures. 
  • Deliver one-to-one peer support sessions to students for Study Skills. These may take the form of drop-in sessions at the Study Skills Hub in Senate House, or peer support in regular study groups.  
  • Lead workshops on Study Skills. Workshops may run face-to-face or online. 
  • Advocates with skills in coding may assist with our weekly Coding Clubs.
  • Attend and assist in organizing promotional activities (such as pop up stands and lecture ‘shout-outs’).
  • Assist in utilizing social media to promote Bristol Futures’ activities and events.  
  • Assist in gathering feedback from students and academics in your faculty to help develop and shape Study Skills and Bristol Futures.  
  • Meet regularly with your Study Skills faculty tutor. 
  • Work collaboratively with Bristol Futures staff to help develop Bristol Futures events and resources.  
  • Co-create marketing materials and help publicize Bristol Futures. 
  • Additional activities will be required as the role continues to develop.  

Benefits of the role:  

  • This is a paid role (see wage details below). 
  • You will be provided with comprehensive training that will equip you with the knowledge and skills to carry out this role. Ongoing training will be provided throughout the duration of your contract as the role develops.  
  • Work experience to enhance your CV i.e. marketing, group-work delivery, time management, leading and influencing. 
  • An opportunity to shape the development of an ambitious, innovative university-wide project. 
  • The source of a reference for future employment / LinkedIn recommendations.  
  • This role can provide evidence that will contribute to the Bristol PLUS Award / Bristol PLUS Outstanding Award. (All team members are encouraged to participate in this award).  

Wage:  

Advocates are paid a wage of £10.49 per hour. This role attracts a holiday increment of 12.07% per hour (so total paid per hour is £11.76). Workshop delivery (expected to start in the autumn after training) is paid at £16.27ph, (£18.23ph with holiday pay). Wages are paid monthly in arrears via the Temporary Staffing Service (TSS).   

Hours / Contract: 

  • Working hours will be discussed at interview, but will range from 0 – 6 hours per week (you will not be expected to work during University holidays or assessment periods)  
  • Training will begin in September 2023 and continue throughout the year. Contracts will begin in September 2023.
  • Please note that to be eligible for this role you must be a registered student at the University of Bristol in the 2023/24 academic year.

How to apply: 

Please apply with a CV and covering letter outlining your suitability for the role. You can find our advice on writing a cover letter here.

Submit your application to Dr Tim Worth (Study Skills Coordinator) at tim.worth@bristol.ac.uk by 11.59pm on Friday 24 March. 

Further information: 

If you require clarification of the above information or have further questions about the role, please contact study-skills@bristol.ac.uk 

Closing date: 11:59pm Friday 24 March 2023 

Provisional interview dates: Monday 17 – Friday 28 April 2023 

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