Student Ambassador Case Studies

Why become an ambassador? Some of our students explain...

Laurin Von Der Osten Sacken

Age: 24
Course: BA(Hons) 3D Design

How long have you been an ambassador? One and half years.

Why did you become an ambassador? It was nice to get in contact with other people and represent Falmouth.

Why would you recommend being an ambassador to other students? It's great to get to know other people. Sometimes you go to places all over the country, to fairs etc.

What have you learnt from your experience as an ambassador? Talking to other people and confidence. I got to know the University better, as well as other courses.

What have been the highlights and best moments as an ambassador? When you realise you were a help and made a real difference to the people coming here for interviews and open days.

Amy Brocklehurst

Age: 21
Course: BA(Hons) Illustration

How long have you been an ambassador? One year.

Why did you become an ambassador? A few of my friends were ambassadors and it seemed like fun.

Why would you recommend being an ambassador to other students? You meet lovely people, experience all sorts of different jobs and travel around, which is a welcome break from course work.

What have you learnt from your experience as an ambassador? I have learnt how to interact with all age groups and I've become an all round more confident person.

What have been the highlights and best moments as an ambassador? Firstly, travelling back home to Manchester to represent and promote Falmouth at the UCAS fair. I had been to the fair in school and college so it was great to go back and meet students in the position I was once in and offer guidance and advice. Secondly, working with a secondary school in Cornwall to help produce artwork to decorate their school corridors. Being able to teach the students skills like Photoshop was very rewarding, and seeing their reactions when we revealed the final artworks, which we produced on the textile printer at Falmouth, was inspiring.

Caitlin Hobbs

Age: 20
Course: BA(Hons) English with Creative Writing

How long have you been an ambassador? Three years.

Why did you become an ambassador? I wanted to support the University and meet new people. I was an ambassador at my sixth form and enjoyed the rapport between staff and students, which I found again immediately at Falmouth. Having started university straight after sixth form, I was aware of what was helpful to know when coming to a new place and was familiar with must-know subjects, like UCAS and funding.

Why would you recommend being an ambassador to other students? It's a great way to meet people, help those planning on coming to university and earning a bit of money in a trustworthy and enjoyable job.

What have you learnt from your experience as an ambassador? It's helped push me to learn team building skills and working with other people, whilst remaining fun. It's also encouraged me to go that extra mile to help someone out.

What have been the highlights and best moments as an ambassador? Working with children, having plenty of opportunities to work in the community in my subject area, but also in other areas - so getting young people into art and learning with them, not just teaching them.

Elisa Juncosa-Umaran

Age: 21
Course: BA(Hons) Fine Art

How long have you been an ambassador? Two years.

Why did you become an ambassador? My housemate joined and said that it was great. I trusted her and I don't regret it!

Why would you recommend being an ambassador to other students? It's an easy and well rewarded job and you are incredibly taken care of. You work when you are available, which means you can juggle with your timetable, and it doesn't interfere with your course. It's not strict and boring and you get to laugh a lot. You are not asked to pretend to be a young professional, you get paid to be a student, which is what you are, and it is great.

What have you learnt from your experience as an ambassador? Being an ambassador requires team work, common sense and initiative so that the events go smoothly. You are not expected to do more than the basics, but if you wish to help more in a specific area then the UK Recruitment & Outreach team will do its best to make it possible and you may get some training. It is good to get to know the staff on the Recruitment team, as it shows you the administrative side of the institution. Also, as a foreigner, it was a really good way of getting local work experience.

What have been the highlights and best moments as an ambassador? Paid lunches and having some income in your bank account are obviously an incentive. However, the best bit for me is the social side of it. You meet some really interesting students from other courses or from other years of your course. You laugh and end up making new friendships.

Gillian Hibbs

Age: 21
Course: BA(Hons) Illustration

How long have you been an ambassador? Two years.

Why did you become an ambassador? Not only is it mainly an opportunity to talk about how amazing Falmouth is (which is obviously not too difficult to do) but it's a really flexible job that can be done without getting in the way of your degree.

Why would you recommend being an ambassador to other students? It's a very sociable job, it looks great on your CV, you get loads of experience and confidence in working in particular areas - going into schools, and giving presentations for example.

What have you learnt from your experience as an ambassador? Much more about how the institution is run, and courses that I had no idea about at all.

What have been the highlights and best moments as an ambassador? Seeing people on campus that I showed around before they applied, meeting students I probably wouldn't have met if it wasn't for ambassadors, seeing other university stands at UCAS fairs and being really proud to be at Falmouth, and of course the all expenses paid ‘mini-break' to the Manchester Design Your Future fair. 

Stroma Alexander-Sinclair

Age: 22
Course: BA(Hons) Contempoary Crafts

How long have you been an ambassador? Three years.

Why did you become an ambassador? Initially to make a bit of extra cash.

Why would you recommend being an ambassador to other students? It's such a great experience, and gives you a chance to help out with local schools and the community. If you enjoy working with kids, it gives you the perfect chance to gain a bit of teaching experience. It looks great on your CV, and it's always useful to earn some extra money.

What have you learnt from your experience as an ambassador? I have learnt a lot more about the institution, and that I might like to look into teaching art as a future career.

What have been the highlights and best moments as an ambassador? Helping children of all ages become enthusiastic about a subject, and about going to university. And winning the Student Ambassador Award 2012; I was very chuffed. 

Contact us

If you are a current student at Falmouth University and are interested in finding out more about becoming a student ambassador, or a member of staff wanting to book ambassadors, please contact:

Rosina Perry
Student Ambassador Coordinator

Tel: 01326 255766
Email: studentambassadors@falmouth.ac.uk