Check what happens when you apply for a Connector role and see our do-and-don't tips.

Join the Connector Community

The Connector Programme is a community of students and staff working collaboratively. All students at Sussex, IDS, or BSMS can join the Connector community. If you are interested in joining, please complete this form. 

Once you have joined the Connector Community, you will gain access to our programme of training, development, and fun, collaborative social activities.

The majority of paid Co-Creation Projects are funded by, and support the delivery of, the University's Access and Participation Plan (APP). This focuses on improving equity of access and success for undergraduate home-domiciled (UK) students currently underrepresented in higher education. Therefore, we prioritise appointing students who identify with our APP criteria for APP Co-creation Projects.

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Paid Co-Creation Roles

Paid student connector roles on Co-creation Projects will be advertised to the Connector Community when they become available throughout the year.

A wide variety of projects take place, so each advert will have a job description, outlining the length of the project and what it involves.

How to apply

There are two stages to apply for paid co-creation roles, the written application and a selection event or interview.

Written application

When paid co-creation roles are made available, they will be advertised in the Connector Community with a link to an application form.

A series of questions shall be asked based on your motivation for applying for the project, how you demonstrate the Sussex values of Kindness, Integrity, Inclusion, Collaboration, and Courage and your potential at certain key skills. 

Interview process 

If your written application is successful, you will be invited to an interview. The interview will have two parts: a task and some interview questions. You will receive the task instructions at least a week before the interview to prepare a 5-minute presentation.

The interview will start with your presentation, and then you will be asked 4-6 questions. We will be looking for candidates who show the potential for excellent reflection on their experience as students, creativity and realism in their ideas, clear communication, teamwork, and time-management.

Help and advice

If you need any reasonable adjustments, we will accommodate requests wherever possible for the:

  • written application, such as voice-recording your answers instead of writing them or getting definitions of words or phrases
  • interview, for example being interviewed remotely, receiving the interview questions beforehand, or rephrasing a question to make it easier to understand.

Email to ask for reasonable adjustments when applications are made available.

If you want general applicant advice, contact Careers and Entrepreneurship for help and advice on written applications and interviews. 

After you apply

You will receive an email from us with the outcome of your application.

If you’re not successful

We strongly encourage everyone to apply for paid roles again as you will have learnt and developed and be in a better position to apply.

If you were invited to interview we will offer you feedback from the panel. It’s always a good idea to ask for feedback to help you reflect and develop your skills.

If you are successful

If you’re chosen for a paid Co-Creation role, the next steps are:

  • completing right to work checks including showing your Passport (a legal requirement for all student staff)
  • completing the paid online induction training to learn more about your specific project
  • starting your role.

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