London Met hosts the UK’s first annual Student Ambassador Conference

Student Ambassadors from seven universities across the UK convened at London Met for a series of talks and workshops.

Date: 15 July 2015

On Monday 29 June 2015 London Metropolitan University’s Widening Participation team hosted the first Student Ambassador Conference.

The idea for the conference was conceived by Renzo Veschini, Schools, Colleges and Widening Participation Officer at London Met who proposed that student ambassadors should have an annual event organised by student ambassadors, for student ambassadors.

The conference aims to celebrate student ambassadors by gathering together ambassadors from across the UK to share information, ideas and to build networks as they are graduating from University.

As the idea originated at London Met our student ambassadors and Widening Participation team hosted the pilot conference. It was attended by representatives from the University of Hull, Brunel University, Middlesex University, Ravensbourne University, Kingston University and City University.

The conference was opened by Professor John Raftery, Vice Chancellor of the University, who spoke about the importance of student ambassadors to the University community.

Guest speaker Neelam Thapar, Head of Careers and Employability at London Met delivered a talk on how to reference your ambassador experience when applying for jobs.

Other talks were delivered by student ambassadors from London Met, City University and Kingston University.

"The inaugural Student Ambassador Conference was a really positive experience for all involved” said Renzo.

“The ambassadors attending found the event enjoyable and informative, they also seemed to really like the opportunity to network with ambassadors from other institutions.

“I am sure this event which will now take place annually will go from strength to strength and develop further into something fantastic, but it is nice that we got the ball rolling here at London Met."

Originally proposed at the Access HE Student Ambassador Forum the conference will now become an annual event, hosted at a different Access HE partner university each time.

Ambassadors from the host institution will become the main organisers, liaising directly with Access HE. They will also be responsible for delivering at least one talk or workshop for the guests while other participating members including student ambassadors other institutions and outstanding ambassadors will contribute to the conference by delivering talks, workshops or an icebreaker activity.