Paid jobs on campus

There are numerous paid opportunities for you to gain work experience across our campuses. Many of these are advertised on the CareerHub vacancy board.

Accommodation jobs

Accommodation Essex have temporary housekeeper/porter positions available starting in June. The term of the employment can be anything from two weeks to four months dependent on business needs.

Event Essex jobs

Event Essex employs conference team leaders and conference assistants. These people are the first point of contact for all conference guests so good customer service and admin skills are required, and good knowledge of campus would be an advantage. Roles are full time from mid-June to mid-September.



Frontrunners provides opportunities to those with little or no previous work experience via our Frontrunner level opportunities, and supports those who may have some previous experience, via Frontrunner Plus. Opportunities are part time, on campus, and amongst all areas of the University.

Residence Life jobs

Residence Life builds a safe and inclusive community that supports students to grow and succeed at the University of Essex. We are a friendly team of students and staff to help students become involved and connected to their peers and university.

Student Ambassador roles

We are currently not recruiting for new ambassadors or senior ambassadors at the moment. We will re-assess the situation next year (2021), based on government guidelines. Please continue to check this webpage for further updates to the situation.

Student Ambassadors are current students who help to promote the University and higher education. As a Student Ambassador you can get involved in a whole range of opportunities, in particular helping our Student Recruitment and Outreach teams. This includes supporting applicant days, open days, campus tours, higher education fairs, school talks, clearing, campus visits and summer schools. Those working with the Outreach team also provide help and advice about the different options available to those wanting to study at university in general.

Students' Union jobs

he SU is the biggest employer on campus - for good reason. Working while you study is a great way to boost your CV and earn yourself some pocket money. Opportunities exist in:

SU Bar, Top Bar, Level Up or Sub Zero

  • The Store, The Kitchen, The Burrow or Everything Essex
  • Reception, Advice Centre or Finance
  • Promotions and Marketing
  • Events and Entertainments
  • Premises

See the SU website for more information.

UROP: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme

UROP or the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme is our scheme for undergraduate students to become Research Assistants and join the academic community here at Essex. Placements are either 100, 150 or 200 hours long and are flexible around what suits the students.

Welcome assistant jobs

The Registration team need highly motivated students who are passionate about making a positive contribution to the student experience to work as Welcome Assistants during this year’s Arrivals Day, and Registration event.

The role includes working within the student residences meeting and greeting our new students and their families, answering general queries and signposting to key areas on campus, conducting post-registration questionnaires, covering areas that are understaffed, and acting as runners if needed.

Gain recognition for your work 

The opportunities listed above all count towards the Big Essex Award, which once completed will be recorded on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report).