Careers Service


Where to look for part time jobs

Working for the University

The university has a jobs website where roles in administration, estates, academia and support services are advertised. However, many of these will be full time and not suitable for students.

Although there are opportunities across the university for part time or casual work not all will be advertised widely. Take a proactive approach, select the areas of the University that interest you and ask them directly whether they have any positions available. Prepare a CV and try to make a good impression.

Student ambassadors and guides

  • The Student Recruitment and Widening Participation team recruit students each September to be Student Ambassadors. You will work on a variety of outreach events and activities designed to enthuse and motivate prospective pre and post 16 students about Higher Education more generally, and promote The University of Manchester as a study destination. The team are currently over-subscribed with interest for 2016/17 recruitment.
  • The International Relations team recruit students each year to be Student Ambassadors and to provide support to our new students during Orientation and Welcome each September. There are a variety of roles from staffing welcome desks in Halls of Residence, to delivering social events, collecting students at the airport and supporting at the Start of Year Fair. Successful applicants MUST be available for training/work all day from Monday 11 September to Sunday 17 September 2017 and a majority of roles will continue into Welcome (18 – 22 September). If selected, you will be invited to attend an assessment event, which are held between 4 – 10 May 2017. Attendance at one of these sessions is mandatory (unless you are away from Manchester on study abroad or placement) and Student Ambassador roles will be confirmed after these dates. Candidates should apply by 23:00 on 12 March 2017.
  • The International Programmes Office (IPO) recruits Global Guidance Ambassadors (GGAs) to work regular part-time hours for a full academic year. Only students who have studied or worked abroad are eligible to apply. The GGAs support the work of the IPO in promoting international opportunities at The University of Manchester; helping out at our events; and offering support and guidance to students interested in going abroad. As a GGA you will be meeting with students face to face at our desk in the Atrium; you will deliver short talks at our information events and open days; and you will provide assistance in the decision making and application process for students interested in studying or working abroad. The Application opens in late July, training takes place mid-September and the GGAs start work in the first week of Semester 1. For more information please email: goabroad@manchester.ac.uk
  • Development and Alumni Relations Event Ambassadors. The Division runs a wide range of events and activities throughout the academic year. You will have the opportunity to meet some of our speakers and engage with some of the University’s most cutting edge academics, alumni and friends. We welcome applications from current students who have the necessary skills and enthusiasm to help us make our events run smoothly. To request information about opportunities and apply email alumnievents@manchester.ac.uk.
  • Other student ambassador programmes are available - ask in your school for further details.
  • The University recruits students to provide guided historical tours around campus. The jobs are posted here https://www.facebook.com/UniversityManchesterHeritage

Other jobs on campus

  • Brand managers - you may work for an organisation to raise their profile on campus and improve recruitment. These opportunities are advertised on CareersLink
  • Students' Union - bar / shop staff and other roles are advertised on the SU website.
  • Work for HORNET at the University Part Time IT support for Halls of residence.
  • Shops and cafes on campus often recruit simply by putting a poster in their window - keep a look out.

Jobs in the local area

Many businesses don't bother to formally advertise part-time jobs because they know they will get enough interest. Here are a few tips:

  • Large shops, stores and bar / hotel chains may advertise on their own websites.
  • Local newspapers like the Manchester Evening News, Metro News or Jobs Northwest. You can get these on public transport or from newsagents, they have their own websites too.
  • You can also find vacancies by asking around at shops, bars and restaurants. Many advertise vacancies in their windows. The best way to find these jobs is walk around the city centre and ask.
  • Don't just look along Oxford Road, where you compete with thousands of other students looking for work. Check the city centre and areas like Didsbury, Withington and Stockport, all accessible via public transport.
  • Follow Job Centre Plus Manchester on Twitter @JCP in Manchester to find out about part time and casual jobs in Manchester and especially the Oxford Road corridoor!
  • Use your networks and social media Get some tips on using Twitter and LinkedIn effectively to find opportunities.