Join the Wellbeing Welcome Team
Welcome week is an exciting and anxious time for new first year students. We all know what it's like to arrive at Cardiff for the first time and not know where to start. We need you to get involved and make sure that it's the best experience possible.
We're aiming to recruit some amazing student role models to introduce new students to Cardiff. This is a great opportunity make a huge difference to the student experience, enhance student welfare and make sure that everyone gets the most out of their time at Cardiff. You'll also have a huge impact on your CV while doing it. Although this position isn't a paid one, you will learn valuable skills, as well as developing yourself both professionally and personally, and opening up some very exciting opportunities for the rest of the year!
Responsibilities include meeting and greeting of new students, championing the Give it a Go project and having courageous conversations about student welfare. We're going to make you experts in the Students' Union and teach you skills that will stay with you forever.
What's in it for you?
We look after our Wellbeing Welcome Team in the Students' Union! As well as being warmly welcomed into the Students' Union family, you'll become an integral part of one of the most proactive forces working to enhance the student experience and student welfare at Cardiff University.
As well as a warm feeling on the inside, the Wellbeing Welcome Team will all get:
- Free Welcome Team Stash (a t-shirt and lanyard)
- Training from experienced Students' Union staff.
- An extra-degree CV reference from the Students’ Union.
- Socials with other Welcome Teams around the SU.
- A Students' Union Contribution Certificate.
The best thing you'll get from being a part of Welfare Welcome Team is a load of friends who you would have never otherwise met. Being a part of something extraordinary, with fantastic people and a legacy of improvement is what we can offer you.
What are we asking for?
Joining the Wellbeing Welcome Team is a totally manageable commitment. We recognise that you'll have other things going on during the welcome week'. We ask everyone on the team to give:
- 15 - 20 hours of flexible shift commitment during the enrolment period.
- To be available and commit to training in mid-September.
- Enthusiasm and passion for the Students' Union, the student experience and student welfare.
If you're not sure when you're back in Cardiff, apply anyway and we might be able to do some late training for you.
Does this sound like something you could be good at?
Simply make sure that you have read the below documents and the fill in the expression of interest form - it's that easy! One of our team will be in touch with you shortly after that.
Person Specification WelcomeTeam
Role Description Welcome Team
Code of Conduct Welcome Team
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this a paid position?
This isn’t a paid role – you would however become an expert in the Students’ Union and have a much greater understanding of all the various paid opportunities from the SU through the year. So it’s definitely an investment in yourself.
What are the dates of the Welcome/Enrolment period?
New first year students will generally start arriving in halls from late September. This is when things will start getting busy. Offically, the welcome period period usually lasts ten day..
What dates do I need to be available?
Training for all Wellbeing Welcome teams will happen in mid-September. We would ask that everyone attend training on that date so that you have the full experience.
When you've done that day of training, shifts will be available flexibly through the welcome period and you'll have the opportunity to sign up for the ones that are convenient.
What if I'm not available for training?
If you're unable to make the training date in mid-September then you should let us know, as we may be able to make alternative arrangements for you!
When you've done that day of training, shifts will be available flexibly through the welcome period and you'll have the opportunity to sign up for the ones that are most convenient for you.
Can recent graduates get involved?
Absolutely! We're looking for the most passionate group of people, and so it doesn't matter which year of study you're in, or whether you've just graduated.
What if I have other commitments?
We need everyone to be available for training and after that we're asking for 15-20 hours of your time over the two weeks. We're will be hugely flexible with the rota and so you should be able to structure this role around other commitments.
How can I stay involed with the Students' Union after the Wellbeing Welcome Team?
There will be lots of opportunities opening up at the end of the welcome period to ensure that you can remain engaged! From the Advice and Welfare Executive Committee, to running for a seat on Student Senate, there are many ways that you can continue to have a positive impact on all students' experience!
Is this role good for personal development?
Volunteering with Welcome Team requires a basic level of communication and interpersonal skills, that being said, if you possess these skills, you will find the role incredibly enjoyable and beneficial. You should gain plenty of confidence, experiences and very importantly, excellent connections with students and your Students' Union.
I'm away until the middle of the welcome period, can I still get involved?
It is very important that all Welcome Team volunteers are trained to the same excellent standard. With this in mind, if you can't attend any training, you will not be permitted to volunteer. Please do fill in an application form, and if later training dates are arranged, someone will get in touch with you regarding this.
Will I get to pick my shifts?
Yes you will. There will be an online rota that you are able to use to sign up to your shifts. The shift process will be explained further at training in September.
Is this a good way to get involved with student life in Cardiff?
This is a fantastic way to get involved with improving the student experience at Cardiff University, making new friends and assisting your fellow students.
Can I sign up with my friend?
Yes you can! As long as your friend is a fellow student or very recent graduate we welcome your applications.
If you have any questions we'd love to hear from you. Email us on SUWellbeing@cardiff.ac.uk.
Thanks for your time - we look forward to working with you!