Get involved

We encourage our students to make the most out of their time at UCW with a volunteer or paid role. As well as gaining new skills and experiences, their involvement counts towards earning the Student Engagement and Achievement Award (SEA Award) to recognise their contributions to UCW and impress employers.

“I really like getting involved with everything I can at UCW because I want to make the most out of my time here.

As well as studying for my Foundation Degree in Film and Media Arts Production, I also volunteer as a Student Governor and Student Representative, and represent UCW as a Student Ambassador.

Taking part is a great way to get to know everyone on different courses, and this networking has helped me a lot in meeting likeminded people to help out with my degree work and side projects.

My CV has also been boosted by all the different skills I’ve learned in these roles, so the time I put in now will really pay off in the future.

I also think it so important for students to have a loud voice in all of the discussions about how UCW is being run.

If you don’t have your say, you can’t really complain when decisions are being made that you don’t agree with.”

Farhath Siddiqui

Your Student Experience and Engagement Officer is your representative on key committees at all levels within UCW and is there to ensure that your opinions are presented, listened to and actioned where appropriate. Essentially, the role exists to help you have an outstanding student experience during your time with us. If there are any issues you would like to raise through the student voice, your Student Experience and Engagement Officer will be happy to take these on board. You don’t need to make an appointment; just pop into the office!
Current students who want to represent UCW in a formal position can apply to become a Student Ambassador. Our Student Ambassadors are important to how we are perceived in the community, and also play a big part in ensuring our recruitment activities run smoothly. The role includes, among other tasks, working alongside staff in delivering events in schools, attending UCAS and careers fairs to promote UCW, and also showing prospective students and their parents around our campuses and accommodation.

As well as the opportunity to gain interview practice in the selection process and learn communication, teamwork and other event-related skills, Student Ambassadors receive an hourly rate of pay. Student Ambassadors are also eligible for a reference from the HEART Team, and the hours they work can be counted towards earning the Student Engagement and Achievement Award. All Student Ambassadors are also given a free UCW hooded jumper to make sure they look the part!

To find out more about becoming a Student Ambassador and request a copy of the job description, contact the UCW Outreach Team on outreach@ucw.ac.uk or 01934 411 720.

Apply for the role by completing this application form.

Student Representatives, or ‘Reps’, have a big part to play in making positive changes at UCW. Two are chosen from every course to gather the views of the learning group and contribute to our decision-making processes. They convey these views by attending Programme Team, Student Representative Committee and Staff Student Liaison Committee meetings. The role is all about making sure the student voice is heard by academic and management staff and that, when appropriate, these suggestions are acted upon. Reps are elected in the first few weeks of study.
‘Uni Reps’ are elected from both of our partner universities – Bath Spa University and UWE Bristol – to ensure that the views of students from the awarding bodies are taken into account in our decision-making processes. They attend Higher Education Board of Study and Student Representative Committee meetings, and develop the relationships with the universities by organising visits from partner Student Unions, for example. This is also an elected role.
Freshers’ Angels are current degree students who help the new intake of students settle into Higher Education life at UCW. Their role involves contributing to the design and implementation of the Freshers’ Week activities, attending all the Freshers’ Week events and activities and looking out for the best interests of new students at these events. Freshers’ Angels ensure that all new students are settling into their new environment (including the student accommodation) and help them get to know their new surroundings both on and off campus.
Peer Mentors are current degree students. The role of the Peer Mentor is to build relationships with his/her mentees, to act as a positive role model, and to support mentees to achieve their goals and make positive changes where needed. The mentor is a point of contact who can give advice and guidance, or even be someone just to have a chat about worries with.
PAL Leaders work with our LibraryPlus staff to deliver study skills sessions to first-year students. They facilitate group discussions, and share their knowledge in areas including academic writing and referencing, and learning strategies and techniques. This role is also only for second and third-year students, and is ideal for those who are considering teaching as a career option.
HE Student Event Representatives help with the organisation of social events throughout the academic year for HE students. In the past students have helped organise quiz nights, meals out and the HE End of Year Party. They also sit on the HE Student Union. This role is ideal for students who are looking to be a Freshers’ Angel in their second or third year of study.

The Higher Education Student Engagement and Achievement award is a scheme to reward our students for their participation in extra-curricular actives within Higher Education at Weston College.

All HE students are eligible to sign up for the scheme. The roles that count towards the award include: Freshers’ Angel, Student Ambassador, Student Event Representative, Peer Mentor and Student Representative.

The award is broken down into three tiers, based on the number that students participate in. The three levels are:

Bronze: 25 hours of volunteering

Silver: 50 hours of volunteering

Gold: 75 hours of volunteering

Participants will record their hours in a record book and provide evidence where possible of their volunteered hours.

At completion of each level of award the student will receive a certificate stating the type of role they participated in and the level.

‘Tell Us’ is our anonymous feedback system, allowing all Higher Education students to pass on both positive comments and suggestions for improvement to the relevant staff. Please fill out the form below, giving as much detail as possible, to submit your feedback. Providing your contact details is optional, but will enable us to respond to your personally. Fields marked with * are mandatory.

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Peer Press


Peer Press is our exclusive degree student newsletter - designed and produced by students.

It’s one of the ways we all keep in touch with each other, make sure you are up-to-date with everything that’s going on, and communicate important information related to student loans and social events, for example.

We hope, as students, you will want to write articles to be included. So, if you fancy yourself as a budding journalist, editor or designer, why not get involved in the design, content or production?