Work while studying
The importance of work experience during university
You will probably engage in a variety of different types of work during your time at university. This experience is valued by employers as the majority prefer prospective employees with work experience as well as a degree.
There is competition for most part-time roles, and you should make sure you put together a good CV or application. Stop into the Solent Futures centre (RM001) to get one-to-one advice from a member of our team.
Where to look for opportunities
Solent Futures Online advertises a range of opportunities including full-time and part-time jobs, placements, voluntary opportunities, and work experience. Some opportunities are exclusive to Solent University students and graduates.
There is an abundance of part-time job opportunities locally in Southampton. The majority of these are in retail, hospitality, catering, care, leisure and tourism. Look in the city centre, but also in areas such as Shirley, Portswood and Bitterne, which are all within a few miles of Solent University. Westquay and the Marlands shopping centres are good starting points for retail opportunities, and the bars and restaurants in Above Bar Street, Westquay Watermark, Bedford Place and Oxford Street frequently advertise vacancies. Casual work at St Mary's Stadium is also an option worth investigating.
Work on campus
As well as external vacancies, another option is the chance to work on campus, employed by Solent University Services Ltd. See below for more information about Campus Jobs.
Information for international students
If you are an international student, you may have restrictions on how many hours you can work. Check out our page that covers general issues on visas and working in the UK.
Campus Jobs is the University's recruitment service for student opportunities on campus.
Applying for jobs
If no jobs are showing, you can set up a job alert on Solent Futures Online and you will be notified when a new campus job is advertised.
Applying for a campus job requires the same care you should give to any job application. Read the advertisement carefully and provide all the information requested. Don't forget to provide contact details. You might want to use the CV 360 tool on Solent Futures Online to check your CV is ready to be submitted before applying for a campus job.
Depending on the role, you may be contacted to be interviewed for the role.
Getting paid for Campus Jobs work
Step 1 - Registration
Once you have been offered work by Campus Jobs you must complete an online registration. You will not be paid until you have done this.
Students who have worked for Campus Jobs in the past should still be on the payroll system. If you are not sure, check with payroll on 023 8201 3382, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students’ registration is not only compulsory for payroll purposes, it is also a legal requirement from HM Revenue and Customs. It enables them to process employment checks, including work permit visas, prior to a student starting a job. During this process, you will be required to agree to the terms and conditions.
To complete the registration process you are also required to complete a bank details, tax declaration form and sign the terms and conditions and return it to Payroll (RM304). A copy of the bank details and tax declaration forms are included in the Campus Jobs information pack. The terms and conditions form your contract of employment and your signed copy will be stored by the University.
Step 2 - Claim
Complete the Campus Jobs monthly claim form. This must be signed by your supervisor and/or the budget holder. Once completed and signed, your supervisor will need to submit the form directly to payroll (RM304) before the payroll deadline. You are entitled to a copy of the completed claim form.
There is a separate claim form for non-EU international students.
Download a claim form, or contact email@example.com.
Step 3 - Meet payroll deadlines
You must register online and submit your monthly claim form by the payroll deadline which is normally 3pm on or about the 7th/8th of each month. All original documents are required go to Payroll in RM304.
Until you complete steps 1 to 3 you will not be paid. Any online registration documents or timesheets received after the deadline will be held over to the following month.
Contact payroll for payroll deadline dates.
Tier 4 students
If you are a Tier 4 student, there is detailed information regarding your employment in the Campus Jobs terms and conditions. Please note, you are required to inform Solent Futures of your weekly hours worked with Campus Jobs by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Government's auto-enrolment pension scheme will affect some Campus Jobs workers. Read this information from the University Finance Service for more information about pensions and auto enrolment.
Campus Jobs documentation
When you have been appointed to a Campus Jobs role, your line manager will provide you with documents relating to your role, which will include an offer letter, job profile, and the Campus Jobs terms and conditions. A reference copy of the terms and conditions will be available to new Campus Jobs workers on My View. You can also download a copy here.
Please refer to the Campus Jobs privacy notice for information about how, what and why we hold your data in relation to Campus Jobs.
Contact email@example.com or call 023 8201 3883.