Become a Student Content Shaper

Are you social media savvy?

We're looking creative first-year undergraduates, postgraduates, mature students, and distance learners to become Student Content Shapers for the next academic year.

This past year, our diverse team of Student Content Shapers have been busy working with us – UoB's Student Communications Team – to create helpful and engaging content as part of the Student Shapers scheme to represent the student voice here at Birmingham.

If selected, you'll work with us and get paid to create different types of content, whether that's jumping on TikTok trendswriting blogscreating fun Instagram Reels, or making creative vlogs for YouTube – your content helps us tell current and prospective students what it's really like to live and study at Birmingham.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Student Content Shapers Izzy, Mimi, Katrina, and Srushti

Why should I apply?

You'll have the opportunity to make your student voice heard by producing engaging content that reflects your unique experience at Birmingham. 

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Whatever course or programme you're studying, your interests, or what you choose to create, we'd love to hear your story! By becoming a Student Content Shaper, you'll have the chance to:

  • boost your CV and improve your employability
  • gain confidence in communicating with a range of audiences
  • learn new skills and develop team-working skills, time management skills, and creative skills
  • receive full training, alongside the chance to learn from industry professionals.

What skills do I need?

We're looking to recruit enthusiastic students who are comfortable in front of a camera, familiar with social media platforms such as Instagram and TikTok, and have the initiative to create helpful, engaging, and fun content with us. 

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You'll also need to have:

  • a genuine interest in content creation
  • have a positive attitude and approach towards achieving goals
  • knowledge of emerging social media trends
  • ideally experience with video and graphical editing, but not essential.

When do I start?

The boring but necessary legal bits...

Once you're recruited, you'll be contracted to work for 13 weeks from Tuesday 31 October 2023

During these 13 weeks, you're expected to contribute a minimum of 4 hours of work. You'll then have to take a mandatory 6 week break due to your contract requirements with Worklink.

You'll also have the opportunity to restart your contract after your 6 week break to continue for another 13 weeks. 

Don't worry, the Student Communications Team will communicate with you regularly to ensure your sticking to your contract requirements, so you can keep making fantastic content for UoB.

How can I apply?

This opportunity is a part-time, paid role through Worklink. We're accepting students from all backgrounds, programmes, and levels of study to apply, so you can help us place the student voice at the heart of communications at UoB. 

Take a look at the kinds of content you would be creating as a Student Content Shaper.

What's it like being a Student Content Shaper?

Think this could be you? Then fill out our application form on Microsoft Forms before Monday 25 September 2023 (16:00 BST). We're particularly interested in hearing from first-year undergraduates, and postgraduate taught students and researchers (any level but must still be enrolled from October 2023). 

If selected, you must also be available on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 10 October 2023 - for a 25 minute informal in-person or online interview
  • Thursday 19 October (timings to be confirmed) for a 60 minute training session.

If you have any problems completing the form, then please email the Student Communications Team at

Good luck!

Hear from some of our Student Content Shapers

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"I became a Student Content Shaper because I love creating fun content online on my own personal accounts, so being able to shape and share some of my creativity with the University seemed like the best opportunity!" – Izzy Clarke, 3rd Year BA Music
"I wanted to become a Student Content Shaper because I'd really like to represent international and postgraduate students' experience as well serve as a source of helpful information with the content I create." – Sharon Boaduwaa Boadu, 1st Year MSc Development Policy and Politics
"I love keeping up-to-date on social media trends and I thought it would be great fun, and very rewarding to create content and be part of a team that enjoys all things social media. I was excited at how creative the role was and getting to share my University experience with others online." – Megan Jones, 2nd Year BSc Psychology 
"I really wanted to use my creative skills to showcase the University of Birmingham and allow students to have their voices heard, and become more involved within the University." Savannah Arban, 2nd Year BSc Psychology 



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