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Campus Ambassadors

Our Campus Ambassadors from around the UK and Ireland are one of our key links to university physics students. Our Ambassadors are proactive and committed students who promote physics, career development and IOP activities on university campuses nationwide. 


Our Ambassadors are perfectly placed to support the physics student community by:

  • developing activities on campus that strengthen student opportunities
  • building campus relationships
  • promoting the benefits of extracurricular engagement
  • supporting IOP activities throughout the academic year, acting as a key link to their university's physics students and department

What does a Campus Ambassador do?

  • Organise at least three outreach events during the academic year, including a welcome event on campus in the first term, followed by events in the second and third semester.
  • Develop relationships with relevant on-campus student societies (including IOP affiliated societies), staff, careers services and any other relevant groups, by supporting and promoting their activities.
  • Engage with and promote general physics careers events, IOP events, regional events and volunteering opportunities.
  • Give lecture shout-outs about IOP membership, upcoming activities and student opportunities.

To learn more about our Campus Ambassadors and how they can support an event you are organising on campus email [email protected].

How do I become a Campus Ambassador?

Take a look at the FAQs below and read the full role description here (PDF, 93.6KB). If you think the role is right for you, apply now!

If you'd like to have an informal chat about the role first, just drop us an email [email protected].

Deadline to apply is 16 August 2021.

Increasing diversity in physics

We are committed to raising the profile and participation of underrepresented groups in physics.

Ambassadors promote physics in a spirit of inclusivity and actively reach out to underrepresented groups on campus. In turn, we are seeking people from all walks of life, backgrounds, ethnicities and faiths.

FAQs

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for students who want to make a difference. Students with a genuine passion for promoting physics, with good communication skills and an ability to balance their studies with engagement opportunities.

What do ambassadors actually do?

Ambassadors organise a minimum of three physics-related activities per year, typically one per term.

The first event is a ‘welcome event’, the rest are up to you – whatever you think will bring the community most benefit. Examples could be:

  • CV sessions
  • postgraduate presentations
  • guest speakers

The more you put in the more you'll get out, and Ambassadors can use the role to encourage their peers to share their passion for physics.

How do we work with Ambassadors?

Ambassadors are supported by the IOP Student Engagement Officer. In 2020-21 we are seeking to collaborate directly with Ambassadors to host a range of online and offline activities.

Ambassadors attend informal catch-ups with regional clusters of Ambassadors, where representatives share their progress with the rest of the cohort during termly IOP-hosted webinars.

Who is eligible for this role?

You can apply for this role if:

  • you're studying a physics-related degree at university
  • you are a current member of IOP

You're a great match for this role if you have some experience of getting involved in extracurricular physics activities, such as:

  • at your society
  • through IOP committees

But don’t be put off if you haven’t got much experience – the essential ingredients are enthusiasm and a love of physics.

I want to apply, but I don’t have many links yet on campus – what should I do?

You should still apply.

In this role you will develop the confidence to reach out to and build mutually beneficial relationships within your department and the local student physics community.

You do not need to be well connected, just enthusiastic!

What will I get out of being a campus ambassador?

Fully engaging with the role will present many opportunities for personal development and growth and the chance to meet new people.

You will be empowered to reach out to others as an IOP representative and develop your event, outreach and engagement skills.

We’ll provide you with training and support you to create inspiring events.

Meet some of our Campus Ambassadors

Larissa, University of Nottingham, England 2020-21

Campus ambassador, Larissa

"Being a Campus Ambassador was a fantastic experience; it enabled me to meet like-minded physicists in my age group across the UK all whilst attending and organising some really interesting events. I was able to develop my communication, teamwork, and presentation skills all whilst learning even more about a subject I’m really passionate about – I’m so glad I applied!"
 

Raina, University College London, England, 2020-21

Campus ambassador, Raina

"My time as a Campus Ambassador has been exciting and rewarding for all the inspirational people I got to network with and the insightful events I got to be a part of. As a Campus Ambassador you're not just a representative; you get to be a part of something much bigger. You have the incredible opportunity to manifest and project your love and ambition for the subject so close to all our hearts!"
 

Stephen, PhySoc president University College Cork, Ireland, 2020-21

Campus ambassador, Stephen

"The Campus Ambassador programme has been an amazing experience that ties together all aspects of physics, from the academic, to the social to the extra-curricular. It has helped me personally develop and also enabled me to connect with like-minded people across Ireland and the UK."

 

 

Robert, University of Strathclyde, Scotland, 2020-21

Campus ambassador, Robert

"The IOP Campus Ambassador programme has helped me develop a lot of skills that I think are incredibly valuable. Gaining experience in managing events and interacting with large numbers of people was one of the main reasons I considered applying and the ambassador role has been incredible for that purpose. I've also learned about areas of physics that I had previously never considered."

Charlotte, University of Portsmouth, England, 2020-21

Campus ambassador, Charlotte

"I've really enjoyed being a CA because it’s given me the opportunity to develop my organisational, management, communication and presentation skills. I've also enjoyed being able to engage with physicists across the UK and work on projects together."