IOP recruits students to act as its ambassadors on university campuses

17 January 2017

Students at several universities have been recruited to act as ambassadors for the Institute, promoting the advantages of membership and raising awareness of the IOP’s activities for students among their peers on campus.

IOP recruits students to act as its ambassadors on university campuses

Known as IOP campus ambassadors, they will help to organise and advertise IOP careers events, including giving lecture shout-outs, create displays about IOP membership and work with key societies and groups to highlight the support that students receive through membership of the IOP.

They will also explore the best ways to communicate with students and will carry out some research into what people think of the IOP, how they find careers information and how they access physics news. The Institute plans to use the results to build a better understanding of students’ needs.

The ambassadors will be paid up to £450 for their support. So far, ambassadors have been recruited at nine universities: Trinity College Dublin, Queen Mary University London, Swansea University and the universities of Bristol, Bath, Manchester, Newcastle, St Andrews and Warwick.

The first ambassadors were recruited in November and the IOP hopes to recruit ambassadors at a further eight universities during the academic year 2016/17, which is a pilot year in what is a new initiative for the IOP. Continuing or expanding the scheme beyond 2017 will depend on the success of the pilot scheme.

The first ambassadors were recruited in November and so far the scheme is going well. The IOP’s marketing co-ordinator, Jo Keogh, said: “We’re really looking forward to working with students to help build a stronger relationship between the IOP and the student community.”