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The Hey Team

Fresher’s is an exciting and anxious time for new first year students. We all know what it’s like to arrive in London and on campus for the first time and not know where to start.

The Hey Team are a group friendly and enthusiastic volunteers who are keen to make a difference and help ease new students into their new surroundings and welcoming them into the UCL family. It’s a fantastic way to give back, meet new people and develop your skills.


What will I need to do?

Being part of The Hey Team is incredibly flexible and will allow you to do as much or as little as you want.

The Hey Team will be based around the main campus, from the week before term starts to meet and greet new students, answer their queries and promote social events and opportunities. For those who are interested, there is also the chance to volunteer at some of our evening Welcome Events (these events include Lego robot making, ice cream socials, games nights and pub quizzes). We will provide training so that you always know what you’re talking about. More than anything, we want you and the new students to have fun.

There are three roles you can go for

Just tell us how many of these 3 sound like something you’d like to do…

Early Bird

For those of you who spring out of bed in the morning ready to face the day ahead.  You’ll be responsible for our breakfast and day time events.

Night Owl

Struggle with mornings? You’ll be helping with our evening socials and events.

A Friendly Face

If you’re flexible and don’t mind when you volunteer, this is the role for you.  You can be present on campus or at our events across the week (breakfasts, quiz nights, you name it!) 

Depending on your availability and your interests, you will be asked to:

  • Provide a friendly welcome to new students as they arrive on campus and during the Welcome period
  • “Host” Students’ Union Welcome Breakfasts and lunches (talk to new students, signpost them to relevant events and activities and answer questions that will help them to settle in to life at UCL)
  • Be present at social events (such as games night, quiz night, comedy night etc. - be there, talk to students and ask whether they are okay and check whether they know the event programme and what to do next etc.)
  • Be familiar with information on local amenities, support and opportunities offered by Students’ Union UCL (info and training will be provided)
  • Be proactive in promoting Students’ Union activities and events such as the Welcome Fair, Give It A Go and volunteering one-off

What’s in it for you?

First of all you will gain super-great experience of welcoming the next generation of UCL students and also pick up lots of new skills and make new friends along the way. In return for your precious time and wonderful smiles you will also receive:

  • Branded t-shirt and hoodie
  • Queue pass to the Welcome Fair (just imagine jumping that hour long queue and getting right through to the fun bits)
  • Food and Drink for each shift from our Cafes
  • Free entry to one ticketed Welcome event (you can choose from quite a line-up)
  • Ticket to our end of Welcome Thank-you Event
  • Travel expenses (inner London zones only) 
  • Further opportunities to be involved in Union events and volunteering

What do I do next?

Applications for this year’s team are closed, but there is always a next round and we’ll keep you posted.