Part-time jobs

  • Jobshop October 2018
  • Student notice: Suspension of Jobshop activity until further notice

    As of Tuesday 17 March, the Jobshop is closed until further notice and there will be no face to face delivery at our JHBB location.

    In an effort to follow the government’s advice to encourage social distancing, we have also taken the difficult decision to temporarily suspend promotion of part-time opportunities on our Careers Portal We encourage you to follow Government guidance on social distancing.

    Please visit the University’s dedicated coronavirus page for further information /alerts/coronavirus/.

    If you would like to talk to a member of the Careers team, please contact us at and we will be happy to help you.

    Looking for a part-time job while you study? Here are some of the ways Careers can help you.

    The Jobshop

    The Jobshop is a service for students ran by students. The Jobshop offers general careers and employment advice to students seeking part time or summer work, as well as promoting local part time and summer work opportunities that can fit around your studies.

    Jobshop opening hours

    The Jobshop is located in the JHBB Ground Floor, just outside Careers in the Forum.

    • Monday 11.30am - 2.30pm
    • Tuesday 11.30am - 2.30pm
    • Wednesday 11.30am - 2.30pm 
    • Thursday 11.30am - 2.30pm
    • Friday 11.30am - 2.30pm 


    Online Job Vacancy site

    View our current part-time vacancies by visiting our Job Vacancies site. The system will automatically register you when you login using your Student Information username and password (or you can register as a graduate). You can filter for preferences.

    Job Vacancies »

    Jobshop Pop Ups

    Jobshop Pop Ups are a chance for you to meet employers on campus and discover part-time work opportunities directly. Jobshop Pop Ups take place just outside Careers in JHBB.

    Visit our Jobshop Facebook page for an up-to-date calendar of employer events, including Jobshop Pop Ups, employer presentations and career fairs.

    Jobshop Facebook page »

    On-campus job fairs

    We run career fairs where employers come on campus to promote opportunities they have within their organisation.

    Semester 1

    • Part-Time Jobs Fair - Tuesday 1st October 2019, 11am - 2pm, Forum, John Henry Brookes Building
    • Volunteer Fair  - Wednesday 2nd October 2019, 11am - 2pm, Forum, John Henry Brookes Building

    Semester 2

    You can find all of our events listed on our News and Events page.

    Looking for resources?

    Pick up our tip sheets at the Jobshop for advice on:

    • Where to find a local part-time job
    • Checklist for when applying for a part-time job
    • Minimum Wage and National Insurance Information
    • Tax Facts for Working Students
    • Tax Refunds
    • References
    • Brand Ambassadors and Who's Hiring?

    Once you have found a part-time job that you would like to apply for, Careers can help you with your application!

    Make a start by using the resources below and then bring in a copy of your application to Careers during our opening times

    Checklist for when applying for a part-time job


    Ensure the role pays minimum wage or above. See government guidelines on National Minimum Wage.


    Let the employer know the hours you are available for. We recommend you work a maximum of 15 hours a week alongside full time study.

    Please note: International students please check this doesn’t exceed your working hour’s visa limit, if you have any questions relating to this please contact the ISAT team.

    Duties/responsibilities – If you have any questions relating to your role we would advise you contact your manager/recruiter prior to commencing your new job.


    Cost – We strongly recommend you ensure your salary/hourly rate covers your travel to and from work.

    Access – Ensure you are able to travel to your workplace safely both to and from work, for example if you are travelling by public transport ensure the buses/trains are running when you start/finish.

    Tax refunds

    There are a few reasons why students often end up paying more income tax than they need to – and without even knowing it.

    The most common situation is that when starting a part-time job, employers will often put you on an ‘emergency’ or incorrect tax code (PAYE code) if you don’t give them a copy of your P45 as evidence of your tax code.

    Students who go on a placement year or work part-time during university also often do so over a period that spans two tax years which can confuse things a bit in the eyes of the HMRC (HM Revenue and Customs aka the tax man).

    Most students don’t end up earning over the tax-free personal allowance within a single tax year (which runs April – April), but if you choose to work extra shifts at your part-time job during certain times in the year (over the Christmas holidays, for example) you could be totting up full time hours.

    In this case, the tax man thinks your earning more across the whole year than you are, and will tax you accordingly… but you get it back!

    Unless you’re self-employed (in which case you do your own taxes), your employer controls your tax payments to the HMRC.

    The tax is deducted from your pay each month as PAYE (pay-as-you-earn) – you’ll be able to see this from your pay slips.

    At the end of the tax year, the HMRC will automatically send you a P800 tax calculation, and reimburse you with any tax you’ve overpaid. Therefore, in this case you don’t need to do anything!

    However, if you’re a keen bean and don’t want to wait around for your P800 (or you think some of the info on your P800 is incorrect), you can also make a claim yourself at any time of the year using a P50 form.

    It’s worth knowing that if you have money in a savings account, the interest you earn on this will also count towards your personal allowance (this doesn’t apply to ISAs – they’re tax free).

    Brand Ambassador Guide

    What do Brand Ambassadors do and what experience can I expect?

    A Brand Ambassador’s job is to represent and promote a brand on campus. The work is varied and can include attending and supporting at employer-led events, organising and leading own events, data capture, providing competitor insights, Social media promotion, viral videos and competitions, auditing, merchandising, mystery shopping, providing product sampling and product demonstrations. You will usually be expected to run the campaign yourself (with guidance from the company) and so can develop managerial skills. Due to the nature of the job, you can quickly build up a portfolio of skills from the campaigns you work on, which can be a fantastic asset to your CV.

    What are the benefits of being a Brand Ambassador?

    • Good rates of pay
    • Free stuff! Many companies provide samples for Brand Ambassadors to give out, which means lots of Freebies
    • Flexible working hours. Most campaigns don’t have set working hours, so you can fit them in around your other commitments
    • Project-based work and campaign management experience for your CV as well as some big brand names can look fantastic to future employers

    Who should apply?

    Although there may be preferences for some campaigns, anyone from any degree can apply.

    Where does the work take place?

    On campus for the most part, though some campaigns may take place elsewhere and can include online activities such as on Social Media.

    Want to represent a Law firm?

    Some law companies recruit Brand Ambassadors directly, such as law firms Blake Morgan, Weil, DWF LLP, CMS, Aspiring Solicitors, Shearman, Hogan Lovells, Bird & Bird and Norton Rose Fullbright – this could be great for your CV, & a good way to meet employers if you want a career in Law.

    Come to the Jobshop and pick up a list of companies that are hiring for Brand Ambassadors now! Take a look at our Careers Portal to see who’s hiring.

    Where to find a local part-time job

    The Oxford Brookes Careers online jobs portal is the best place to start. We have built up good relationships with local companies and encourage all to post their vacancies here with us. We have on average 700-800 vacancies available each week.

    Useful websites

    Event work

    Summer camps

    Local shops, bars and restaurants often advertise for staff through a notice in their window. You should follow companies that you are interested in on LinkedIn and other social media platforms to find out when they are hiring.

    What is a Reference?

    A reference is someone who can answer questions about your work history, skills, abilities, and work style An individual that serves as the point of contact for employers seeking to verify or ask questions about a potential employees background, work experience or work ethic. An applicant may provide both personal and professional references to a potential employer.

    Types of references

    An Academic reference highlights a student’s academic history, character, and academic and/or career goals. The letter expands providing insight into what kind of student and/or potential employee you are.

    A Professional reference is typically a current or former employer, colleague, client, vendor, supervisor or someone else who has first-hand knowledge and can recommend you for employment.

    A Personal reference, also known as a character reference, is a reference provided by an individual who knows you and can vouch for your character and abilities, personal references are often used if you don’t have a professional reference or to support a professional reference. Personal referees tend to be people who have been relatively close to you as you’ve grown up. So typically, this might be a neighbour or family acquaintance that you’ve got a positive relationship with. A personal reference must not be a relative.

    We recommend you contact your referee before giving out their contact details to ensure they are happy to be contacted by a potential employer, if they are happy to proceed it’s a good idea to get their preferred contact method.

    If it’s not clear what the employer is asking for from a reference contact the organisation and ask for clarification.

    Come and pick up our Hot Tips sheets at the Jobshop for further advice.