School of Mathematics and Physics

Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme

Undergraduate ambassador scheme
Placements in local schools offer final year mathematics students a unique insight into a career in teaching

How does it work?

The Department of Mathematics runs an Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme, through which final year students can elect to undertake a 10-week placement in a local school.

Students benefit from work experience in an educational environment as well as the opportunity to work with experienced mathematics teachers. Classes vary from Key Stage 2 to A Level.

Prospective Undergraduate Ambassadors are interviewed and selected, after which they attend a training day. The students are selected carefully for their commitment and suitability for working in schools, and are given a range of responsibilities from classroom assistance to self-originated special projects.

The scheme helps students to:

  • gain confidence in communicating their subject;
  • develop their organisational, interpersonal and employability skills;
  • understand how to address the needs of individuals and develop appropriate projects and teaching methods;
  • act as a role-model for pupils who are interested in pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Schools that we currently work with


  • Medina High School, Isle of Wight
  • Wallisdean Junior School, Fareham
  • City of Portsmouth Girl's School
  • Mayfield School, Portsmouth
  • Portsmouth College
  • Warblington School, Havant
  • St Edmunds Catholic School, Portsmouth

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